Swansea art group shows you’re never too old to learn
They say you’re never too old to learn – and a group of arty Swansea 50-somethings has proven that’s the case.
The talented over 55-year-olds are showcasing what they’ve made over the last year as members of the Glynn Vivian’s adult art classes
Their exhibition is on display in the Civic Centre until Monday March 4.
The group has worked in a range of mediums and techniques, ranging from clay and plaster to drawings, textiles and watercolours.
It’s all part of Swansea Council’s Glynn Vivian Art Gallery offsite programme while the main building on Alexandra Road is temporarily closed for a £6 million refurbishment.
Classes have been continuing at the YMCA on The Kingsway since the gallery closed.
Group members took inspiration from a variety of artists in the gallery’s collection, including Fred Uhlman, Frank Brangwyn and Douglas Swan.
Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The multi-million pound refurbishment of the Glynn Vivian will further enhance Swansea’s reputation for art and cultural excellence.
“But it’s important we make the arts available throughout the main building’s temporary closure and the gallery’s offsite programme means we’re continuing to make art accessible to many local people of all ages.
“The Glynn Vivian’s learning programme is inspiring people to learn new skills through activities focused around the gallery’s permanent collection, touring exhibitions and their own personal experiences.”
Working with artists Tom Goddard, Lucy Lilley, Yvonne Daters, Jessica Callan and Sarah Tombs, the exhibition at the Civic Centre includes a small selection of group’s artwork and achievements to date.
One of the participants, Marilyn Hart, said: “Over the past year I have learned many different skills. I enjoy the process and look forward to my two hours every Wednesday afternoon. Tom Goddard is a very supportive leader and teacher.“
The exhibition is in memory of Dorothy Walker - a member of the group who sadly died last year.
All of the sessions are free to attend and no previous experience or knowledge is required.
Call 01792 516900 or visit http://www.swansea.gov.uk/