Creatives wanted for ‘Swansea: Heaven & Hell
Sat 29th September 8pm – late
Elysium gallery, Creature sound & Now for More are teaming together and looking for artists, performers, musicians, poets, ranters and ravers to celebrate and berate all things Swansea.
Taking inspiration from World War I poet Edwards Thomas’s 1914 essay ‘Swansea Village’ we are looking at the contradictions and disparities that shape Swansea.
He wrote: ‘(Swansea) town is a dirty witch. You must hate or love her, and I both love her & hate her’
‘…for scenery & climate (Swansea) excels the Gulf of Salerno or the Bay of Naples. – It is a sordid hag of a town!’
It is these polar opposites that interest us, from Dylan Thomas’s ‘Ugly lovely town’ to ‘Pretty Shitty City’ from the 1997 film Twin town. It is this environment of absolutes from the pure enlightenment to the downright dirty and hellish that makes Swansea what it is.
‘Heaven & Hell’ will be a multi-discipline cultural experience using every nook and cranny of Swansea’s newest and coolest music venue – Creature Sound.
Email Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your ideas.
Heaven and Hell will also act as a celebratory end to Now The Hero.
Nawr Yr Argwr/NowTheHero (25 – 29 Sept) uses Frank Brangwyn’s British Empire Panels as a springboard for exploring narratives of war, peacetime unity and harmony. The panels offer both an uncompromising vision of the colourful and optimistic possibilities of post war Empire and reveal the tragedy of war hidden behind the fecund and super abundant scenery.
To coincide with the main performance dates there will be a mini festival under the banner Now For More that will resemble an Art Weekender spread over from Friday 21st to Saturday 29th September. NFM will involve all of the city’s cultural institutions big and small, who each in their own unique way will respond to NYA \ NTH’ main theme – the impact of war and conflict on human relationships and to the panels themselves. NFM will feature one-off special events, exhibitions, artists’ talks, family activities and trails, public artworks, workshops and performances by outstanding contemporary artists in multiple locations across Swansea.
At the heart of NFM sits Yinka Shonibare’ End of Empire’ at the Glyn Vivian Gallery also commissioned as part of 14-18 NOW, this hugely resonant work will offer an important counterpoint to NYA \ NTH as well as a metaphor for dialogue, balance and conflict.
Access to all participating NOW For More venues and projects is FREE.