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Gallery goes online to keep art in the spotlight

A Swansea gallery has devised a daily online activity programme to stimulate the minds of art fans across the city.


With the city centre Glynn Vivian temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak and as people spend much more time at home staff there are eager to entertain and educate.

Their weekly schedule of online output includes activity such as shining a spotlight on brilliant artists, highlighting creative pursuits for the whole family and delving deep into the gallery's expert conservation work.

There are regular looks back at past exhibitions, the weekly sharing of work by artists, writers and performers, the highlighting of art created by the public and a weekly focus on the favourite online art content from around the world.

Artists who usually run workshops at the gallery are contributing to the online programme by delivering workshops and activities from their own homes. These are being shared through the Glynn Vivian You Tube channel.

The weekly online programme from Swansea Council's Glynn Vivian can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and on the gallery's web page.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "In these uncertain times, I'm glad that staff at the Glynn Vivian have found useful ways in which to contribute to people's general wellbeing and community spirit.

"I urge those with any level of interest in art to search out the gallery's online offer and to keep connected through the coming weeks and months.

"Like the rest of the council, the Glynn Vivian is here for Swansea."

Gallery curator Karen MacKinnon said: "All exhibitions and public programmes at the Glynn Vivian have been suspended to help our community fight coronavirus.

"We want to keep all our wider audiences and vulnerable groups entertained, engaged and less isolated as well as building our audiences during this really difficult time.

"We're pleased to have devised some exciting ways in which we can share our collections, exhibitions and learning programmes through our digital networks."

To find the Glynn Vivian online use the hashtags #GlynnVivianLearning and #GlynnVivianAtHome or go to

Meanwhile, the gallery is working with other cultural venues in Swansea, including the Grand Theatre, the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Museum, and with local area coordinators, to produce learning resources for vulnerable members of the community who may not be able to access the arts online.

Image: Some of the online offering from the Glynn Vivian shows how to have a great time in the home.


Glynn Vivian weekly schedule

Monday: Working with ArtistsThe gallery shines a spotlight on some brilliant artists from Wales and beyond and take a look at their current work and practice.

Tuesday: Get creative togetherThe gallery shares activities for the whole family - from toddler sessions to life drawing challenges.

Wednesday: Focus on CollectionThe gallery delves deeper into the conservation work that goes on in the heart of Glynn Vivian, and focus on its remarkable collection.

Thursday: Throwback ThursdayThe gallery looks back at some the incredible past exhibitions at Glynn Vivian

Friday: Friday (almost) liveThe gallery works with artists, writers and performers to share poetry, performance and readings with you. 

Saturday: Your 'makes'!Throughout the week, the public send the gallery images of the things they have been making at home - and tag them #GlynnVivianLearning #GlynnVivianAtHome. Now the gallery shares them online

Sunday: Our favourite things.The gallery shares all the best online bits from other galleries, artists and venues for you to see, do and make for the week ahead.



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