New exhibition brings taste of China to city's market
A CHINESE tea room will be set up in Swansea Market this week.
The tea room, designed by Swansea-based artist Owen Griffiths, is one feature of a new exhibition across the city called Let's See What Happens which starts on Saturday.
Organised by Swansea Council as part of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery's off-site programme of events and activities, the exhibition takes place across six city centre venues and lasts until November 3.
The exhibition features the work of four local artists and three Chinese artists who are connected by their shared experience of spending time together in Swansea, Xiamen and Shanghai. Tim Davies, Paul Emmanuel, Fern Thomas, Yingmei Duan, Maleonn and Zeng Huanguang are the artists whose work will feature.
Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "This promises to be a fantastic exhibition that will give the people of Swansea access to top class art that's been inspired by reciprocal visits between Wales and China over recent years. Exhibitions of this nature and quality are especially important at a time when the main Glynn Vivian Art Gallery building on Alexandra Road is temporarily closed for a major refurbishment.
"The inclusion of many types of art, including painting, video and performance, also means this exhibition will appeal to a broad cross-section of people. It's exhibitions of this type that re-enforce our status as a frontrunner for UK City of Culture 2017 status."
The venues across the city taking part in the exhibition are the Elysium Gallery on College Street, the Mission Gallery on Gloucester Place, Swansea Market, the YMCA on The Kingsway and the Ragged School opposite the old police station on Alexandra Road. Some artwork will also breathe new life into 41 High Street, which has been empty for some time.
Shanghai-based artist Maleonn's work, called Studio Mobile, will be available at the Mission Gallery from Tuesdays to Sundays throughout the exhibition. It will include photos of 200,000 people he took while travelling around 25 Chinese provinces.
Zeng Huanguang's work, to be featured at 41 High Street, focuses on his re-enactment of the Occupy London encampment outside St Paul's Cathedral last year.