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Swansea Stories

Glynn Vivian Exhibition

Swansea Stories 4
27 Sep 2019 - 15 Mar 2020
10.00AM. Ends at 17:00
This event is free.
Glynn Vivian
Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ

To celebrate Swansea's 50th anniversary as a city, Glynn Vivian presents Swansea Stories in which we are showing the largest selection of our permanent collection ever displayed. The Gallery's collection includes works from the 18th century to modern times and it presents an eclectic and unique portrait of the city: the changing landscape that has inspired artists for centuries, from the steep hills of the city centre to the surrounding landscapes of Townhill, Mayhill, Mumbles and Dunvant, to our beautiful coastline.

The exhibition is loosely themed into two main sections, Swansea People and Places. Swansea People and Places includes portraits of the rich and famous such as opera singer Adelina Patti, the poet Vernon Watkins, and past Lord Mayors; to its workers such as miners, cockle pickers and dockworkers - and even our very own beloved dog, Swansea Jack. Swansea's streets, its beautiful coastline and its industry will also feature, from agricultural landscapes to the bombing of the city centre; so much of Swansea is captured here.

The other part of our exhibition, Swansea Favourites, is a collection of works which people ask to see most often either through conversations with our front of house team or through audience surveys and via the website. In this section we celebrate some of our most famous works by internationally renowned artists such as Gwen John and French Impressionists Claude Monet and Lucien Pissarro; and a papier-mâché portrait made by over 100 children from Penlan School in the 1980s.


Your Swansea Stories

To celebrate Swansea's 50th anniversary as a city, Glynn Vivian presents Swansea Stories, in which we are showing the largest selection of our permanent collection ever displayed.

Throughout the exhibition, we want to gather your stories and memories and we are asking people to do this in a number of different ways;

•           Online through our social media campaign on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag - #SwanseaStories @GlynnVivian

•           During your visit to the Gallery through our comments book

•           By speaking to a member of our friendly staff

•           Email us at glynn.vivian.gallery@swansea.gov.uk

We want you to take a photo, send us a vlog, write to us, or even draw us a picture of your memories, family histories and personal experiences, which will contribute the overall story of the collection and add to the Gallery's archive.

Your 'Swansea Stories' may also be selected to feature in a new film by artist Tom Goddard - a love letter to Swansea and Glynn Vivian Art Gallery - which will offer new voices and perspectives on the collection through sound recordings, imagery and photographs.

We're excited to hear your Swansea Stories so get in touch today.

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