2016 LOCWS Schools Exhibition at the Grand Theatre, Swansea
An exhibition of artwork from schools in Swansea is now open in the Level 2 Gallery at the Grand Theatre, Swansea from 5 October – 27 October 2016.
Opened by The Lord Mayor of the City and County, Councillor David Hopkins of Swansea, and attended by The Lady Mayoress, Councillor Beverly Hopkins, Councillor Christine Richards, Deputy Leader of the City and County of Swansea and Mr. D. Byron Lewis, HM Lord-Lieutenant, the exhibition showcases artworks created by young people from across the city during our 2016 LOCWS Schools Education Programme. The programme is developed in conjunction with Arts in Education, City & County of Swansea, and sees schools from the Swansea area visit and respond to the public artworks exhibited in our Art Across the City programme. This year’s project lead by LOCWS International’s Artist in Residence, David Marchant offered an opportunity for students to visit the exciting commission ‘’ by artist Rich White and be guided through the exhibition who discussed some of the thinking behind the artworks and presented the ideas and processes of making site-specific work.
Following the site visit, participatory schools received a two-day workshop lead by the Artist in Residence where children were given an opportunity to create works in response to what they had seen. The individual responses from each of the schools are highly creative and very unique and the exhibition contains both 3D and 2D works.
YGG Pontybrenin: ‘Following our visit to the National Waterfront Museum, where we were inspired by Rich White’s work, as a class we decided to re-vamp an item of furniture for the classroom’,‘the theme inspired by a passage way through time encouraged the children to look at the past and present. They decided to use an old bookshelf from the classroom and make a collage on it. They chose different topics for each section of the shelves. On the fascia the children decided to represent the passage of time through doorways. Wooden cut-outs were made of doorways and clocks and added to the unit, giving it a different dimension.’
The participating schools in the exhibition are YGG Pontybrenin, Pennard, Oystermouth, Waunarlwydd, Gowerton and Christchurch Church in Wales Primary Schools.