The recent actions of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters tearing down statues of the slave owner Edward Colston in Bristol has drawn public attention to memorials as never before. People question why we ought to remember so many horrible white men (97.5% of human statues in the UK are of men). For academic Claudia-Florentina Dobre, […]
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Suicide Machine

Tim Cooke on a photography book of Bridgend which is about people and places that exist, unknowable, beyond the headlines

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20


It’s just over a decade since I first met the photographer Dan Wood. I was gathering footage for a student film about creativity in our hometown, Brid …

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Mark Folds: Crises

Daniel Snipe attended a talk and exhibition at Swansea’s Elysium gallery on the domestic, class-inflected and global experiences of crisis

PUBLISHED ON: 03/06/20


On a rainy evening in March, the Elysium bar and gallery in Swansea welcomed the artist Mark Folds to talk about his latest exhibition, with the fitti …

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National Dance Company Wales: KIN

Oliver Heath admires the contemporary and dynamic dances performed by National Dance Company Wales

PUBLISHED ON: 11/03/20


Contemporary dance as an artistic medium may appear difficult from a spectator’s perspective. Its routines are frequently long, with a variety of intr …

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A Life’s Work: The Art of Evelyn Williams Review

Penny Simpson

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20


Collated during the last year of this resonating, neglected artist, ‘skinned of pretence’, this monograph is superbly designed and a fitting tribute, …

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Dear Christine: A Tribute to Christine Keeler, at Swansea’s Elysium Gallery

Demi Roberts notes the compassion inspired by this exploration of hypocritical attitudes to female sexuality and media scapegoating

PUBLISHED ON: 20/11/19


The Elysium gallery is an unsuspected little gem at the top of Swansea’s high street. Neatly nestled between two shops with ‘For Sale’ signs in the wi …

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Anna Falcini, In Between the Folds are Particles, at Oriel Davies, Newtown

Ellen Bell

PUBLISHED ON: 01/05/19


Long before visiting Anna Falcini’s In Between the Folds are Particles at Oriel Davies, I’d decided that I was going to forget all previous knowledge …

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Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites

Ellen Bell assesses this visual exploration at Oriel Davies, Newtown, of the ‘witch’ through the ages, right up to feminist icon and modern-day shaman

PUBLISHED ON: 08/10/18


Main picture: ‘Home Rites’ by Cathy Ward, courtesy Oriel Davis Kate Bush’s song ‘Waking the Witch’ – a glorious, sometimes-kitsch-sometimes-terrifying …

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The Golden Orphans

No one in this spy-themed page turner is quite what he or she seems, as a myriad of plot twists and characters lead a failing artist into the mystery of the ‘golden orphans’: John Barnie investigates

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18


The narrator of The Golden Orphans (he is never identified by name) is an artist who has outlived his promise – he hasn’t sold a painting in four year …

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On The Endurance of Art

These essays on art are innovative, well written and approachable. They discuss the 'Endurance of Art' as lying not in an artwork's ability to endure, but in the significance of art to culture and the extent to which people will go to hide them away, drawing on examples in Wales during WWII and the Spanish Civil War; and, in the second essay, in enduring representations of passive bourgeois women, albeit within the subversive

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18


When we think of art, we imagine something vulnerable and precious: slender canvases with cracking trompe l’oeil surfaces, sculptured torsos with shat …

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