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Artist takeover for Swansea gallery

An artist who once moored a boat on top of a prominent London building is to host a thought-provoking Swansea event this Friday (April 5).


Fiona Banner - also known as The Vanity Press - installed a holiday houseboat on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank and opened it to the public for overnight stays.

On Friday from 5-8pm she will host a special one-off event in Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, a Swansea Council venue

The city centre venue's Exhibitions Officer, Katy Freer, said: "There's no indication that Fiona will be bringing any river-going vessels to Swansea but the event is sure to be a lot of fun.

"Fiona Banner will take over our gallery spaces, filling them with playful interventions, projections and film.

"She will take on the role of a rebellious invader, making unexpected 'collaborations' amongst our existing exhibits."

Visitors will also get a chance to view some of Banner's past works and she will give a talk about her work.

A former Turner Prize nominee, she explores gender, collections and publishing through forms as varied as drawing, sculpture, performance and moving image.

This Friday's event is one of the gallery's regular At Night presentations.It is being organised in collaboration with the Friends of the Glynn Vivian.

There will be a letterpress workshop for all ages and a live sound performance by member of the Swansea Laptop Orchestra, Dr. Jenn Kirby at 6pm. 

The event is free and visitors can drop by at any time. All welcome.

  • Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press will discuss her playful iconoclastic approach to publishing at the Laugharne Festival at 2pm on April 6.
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