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Ways of Protest, Elysium Gallery Bar, High Street, Swansea.

I hope you all managed to see this one of the best exhibitions for many years, despite the disruption of Covid 19.

Photography of exhibitions is more important than ever under lockdown, when so few people can see the work in person. Brilliant that you have that you have got to document so many shows.

Emily Trahair Editor of Planet Magazine

Thank you Emily for that most topical and apt comment. I was lucky to photograph this exhibition  before it was closed down by the dreaded virus

Ways of Protest earlier this year at the Elysium Gallery and Bar in Swansea, High Street, in partnership Swansea Museum, changemakers and Fusion. Contained artworks from over sixty Welsh and International Artists, archival  artifacts from Swansea museum, as well as memorabilia , interviews, and photographs from the public and protest groups from Swansea and Wales.

This extensive exhibition explores how the arts can be a vehicle for protest and social change. A celebration of people who have fought for social equality in Swansea and Wales.

The gallery have provided a photographic record and 360 Video tour on their website elysiumgallery.com  (exhibitions, archive )

The artworks as always were wonderful and the excellent documentary photography was memorable. Here are just a few examples.

 With over 60 artists both local and national, it was very apt in these current turbulent times. Brilliant documentary photography, including Black Lives Matter and disabled protesters in wheelchairs, marching chairs and a birthday cake for Trump you Bastard.

Bernard Mitchell 2021.

To link to a 360 degree view of the exhibition, click.

http://www.elysiumgallery.com/protest-360/index.htm

Link

David Tress 2020 

Museum’s Fine Art, St James, London. November 7th – November 27th

David Tress in the studio, Haverfordwest, 2001

David Tress, ‘Land and Sea (Winter Spring)’, mixed media on paper, 52x64cm, 2018

David Tress drawings by Bernard Mitchell.

Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, September 19th 2003.

Read the full story here.

 

Mike Hill, Wildlife artist, illustrator, wood and metal sculptor.

Mike Hill studied Wild Life Illustration at Carmarthen Art College. He works from home with a studio overlooking Swansea Bay, where he regularly walks and gathers items washed ashore for his work. His studio is full of the natural history of Swansea Bay, enough to fill a museum and made a fascinating visit. Winner of the 2nd Prize in the Glynn Vivian Open 2019 with Swansea Beach Tar and Swansea Beach Plastic.

www.mikegwynhill.co.uk

R.S. Thomas, Poet.

Photographed while living at Llanfairyngornwy.

In Search of Angels.

A wreath of Celtic Angels with words by R.S. Thomas.

Dylan Thomas – Memento Mori Prints.

This series of six memento mori prints where made for the exhibition ‘The Great the Good and the Dead’ held at the Ceri Richards Gallery, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University in January 2003. Embedded in the prints are words from the Notebook poems of Dylan Thomas written, in his school exercise books at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in the Uplands, Swansea. For this I must Thank Llew Thomas.

From top left,

1/ Browns Hotel Laugharne, Dylan and Caitlin’s table.

2/ The back bedroom, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, The Uplands, Swansea.

3/ Cwmdonkin Park, looking across to Mumbles Head.

4/ The Death Mask, The Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea.

5/ 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea.

6/ Tumbling Terraces, from The Uplands to the Sea.  

Glenys Cour – 4th March 2020

This photograph is of artist Glenys Cour of Mumbles, Swansea. Now 96 and still working every day. She is holding a fifty year old drawing, the final design for a stained glass window.