Bedwyr Williams, who’ll be representing Wales at the prestigious Venice Biennale event next year, is bringing an exhibition called ‘My Bad’ to the Maritime Quarter’s Mission Gallery from Friday, 6pm (November 16).
Williams is well-known for observing the world with a sharp eye and wry humour. His work includes a wide range of media, including performance, sculpture, painting and photography.
Drawing on his own life and family history, from school days in a North Wales farming community to his experience as artist-in-residence, he’s become renowned for sculpture and performance work that reflect on rural life, loss, memory and the folly of ambition.
The ‘My Bad’ exhibition is made up of newly-commissioned installation and sculptural pieces. It’s being opened at 6pm on Friday by David Alston, Arts Director of the Arts Council of Wales, and Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon in Birmingham.
The exhibition runs until January 6 and is part of Swansea Council’s offsite programme while the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery on Alexandra Road is temporarily closed for a multi-million pound refurbishment.
Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “It’s fantastic news that the Glynn Vivian’s team are working with one of Wales’ leading contemporary artists.
“This exhibition is bringing together three top quality art organisations and will appeal to many people across South Wales.
“It’s one of a number of events being arranged to take art out into the community while major refurbishment work is ongoing at the historic Glynn Vivian building.”
The opening of ‘My Bad’ is being followed by a night of entertainment and stand-up comedy from 9pm at Volcano on 229 High Street with performances from Williams, comedian Johnny Sorrow, yodellers and others. This will be a free event for over 18s only.
Booking for the Volcano event is essential due to limited capacity. Call 01792 516900 to find out more.