CIVIC Cardiff

CIVIC @ Cardiff Contemporary

A Mission Gallery Offsite Project
4 October – 9 November 2014

Cardiff Story, Tourist Information,
The Hayes, Cardiff City Centre & locations across the City

CIVIC is intended as an interrogation of the city, an invitation to propose ideas and interventions for Cardiff, during the citywide festival Cardiff Contemporary

Following the success of the exhibition at Mission Gallery in Swansea, CIVIC relocates to create a new response in Cardiff, inspired and led by the Festival’s theme, Reveal/Conceal, through a process of observation and speculation.

The elements of CIVIC will include visual and physical material within the CIVIC base located at the Cardiff Story/Tourist Information, using this space as a platform and fixed location from which to initiate a new series of events or actions across the City. There will also be several public events and manifestations held at various locations around the city, including artist/architect walks and talks with contributors invited from Swansea, Cardiff, London and elsewhere

Learning is central to this project and a full, integrated programme will address learning for all ages, through discussion, making and participation, alongside an interactive area, Play – Build – Learn for children and families.

The four main visual artists involved in CIVIC Cardiff are; Owen Griffiths (Copenhagen/Swansea); Jason and Becky (Swansea); Anna Barratt (Swansea) and Bella Kerr (Cardiff). Additional events, performances and talks will be held with collaborators and contributors – please visit the Cardiff Contemporary and Mission Gallery website for further information and a detailed timetable.

We are grateful for the support of the Jane Phillips Award, with their sponsorship of a residency by Swansea based artist Karen Tobin, who will be working in Cardiff every Sunday before showing the outcomes of her residency on her return to Mission Gallery in November.

CIVIC will create an imaginative, discursive and creative space within the city during Cardiff Contemporary and beyond – before, during and after the festival period.

Artist Statements

Anna Barratt (Swansea), will challenge possibilities and visual poetry, encouraging us to be active participants and making poets of us all. Her psycho geographical journeys with students and school groups, will use art and poetry to occupy and respond to the city.

Jason&Becky (Swansea), will create a soundscape, leading groups around Cardiff to experience the city as a reinvented place. They will extend participants sensory understanding through sound walks that investigate their perceptions of the city against a backdrop of popular culture.

Owen Griffiths (Copenhagen/Swansea), will make an intervention into the city architecture. A social space as part of the CIVC program of events and collaborative actions with Civic and Cardiff colleagues. In Cardiff he will create a new response to be shown during the festival, forming part of an archive and creating a legacy.

Bella Kerr (Cardiff), will consider an issue often voiced about the city – that of a front room/back stairs duality expressed in terms of locations, routes and the organisation of built structures.  Journeys between ‘landmark’/historical buildings and those that support or describe the city in other ways, in the company of artists, architects and others will enable the work to cross-reference the questions ‘What is History?’ and ‘What is the role of Architecture?’