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Blue Bell Hangar Project

Date uploaded: August 13, 2012

Blue Bell Hangar Project

New British Art is pleased to announce the release of the film documenting the Blue Bell Hangar Project, along with the publication of a book containing images and writing by the artists involved. This concludes the two year long collaborative project by New British Art, which began in 2010, when the group set out to create a sculpture and a series of outcomes, reflections and events around a celebrated experimental kite called The Cygnet, made by Alexander Graham Bell at the turn of the 20th Century.

Funded by an award from Stiwdio Safle (through the Arts Council of Wales), CFAR and with the kind support of Welsh Government, the beginning of the project saw the fabrication of a large-scale sculpture constructed and installed inside an aircraft hangar at Picketstone on the St Athan MoD base, west of Cardiff in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. After a public viewing of the finished work, the sculpture was dismantled and moved to Cilyrynys, in Carmarthenshire, West Wales. In the spring of the following year, the work was reassembled and an experimental attempt at a flight was made.

Film-maker John Minton has followed the progress of the project from beginning to end and his film stands, not only as a documentary of the events, but also as his contribution to the project.

Click here to view the film.

The 18 page publication can be viewed on-line or copies can be obtained via the New British Art website at http://www.newbritishart.org

Further Information
New British Art is an artists' collective, made up of early career and more established fine art practitioners working across the range of disciplines and has grown from an informal meeting of artists over a number of years at the KODA Studios in the Grangetown area of Cardiff. The group was formalised as an artist-led organisation in 2009. 

Click here for more information about the project and to view the film.