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Welsh waterways artists' residencies

Date uploaded: May 26, 2014

Glandŵr Cymru has teamed up with the Arts Council of Wales to create six artists’ residencies across Welsh waterways. This partnership will highlight not only the heritage and historic significance of the Welsh canals, but also celebrate and increase their current relevance to local communities and contemporary Welsh culture.

The first residency, the North Wales & Borders Residency, was awarded to Andrew Dodds, a Belfast-born artist working in London. He will be investigating the crossing of borders between Wales and England, the relevance of this to current cultural practices and interpreting the role that the canals played in the past and continue to play today. This residency runs until October 2014.

Alan Goulbourne, an artist based in Cardiff was awarded the second for Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in February, for a four-month period. His current practice involves the creation of sculptural, gallery-based and public realm works. He has recently completed an artist in residency at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and has previously exhibited and made work in Bahrain, and across the UK.

Mark Lang, Chairman of Glandŵr Cymru, reported; “Wales’ waterways are among the most beautiful in the world. Millions enjoy them every year and we want to inspire even more people to find out the secrets of what they have to offer. That’s what this project is all about; using the arts to inspire and involve people in the canals. I’m delighted that Andrew and Alan have chosen to begin the project. The works they create with local people will help to celebrate the 200-year heritage of the waterways, while also establishing them as a cultural focal point for the future.”

For more information about these commissions, please click here.