Cardiff Contemporary Hopes to Put Capital on Visual Arts Map; the City of Cardiff Council Visual Arts Manager and Project Leader Ruth Cayford Reveals Her Plans and Passion for Cardiff Contemporary, the City's Biggest Ever Visual Arts Festival

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), September 13, 2014 | Go to article overview

Cardiff Contemporary Hopes to Put Capital on Visual Arts Map; the City of Cardiff Council Visual Arts Manager and Project Leader Ruth Cayford Reveals Her Plans and Passion for Cardiff Contemporary, the City's Biggest Ever Visual Arts Festival


HAT Cardiff needs is a major international visual arts festival, promoting contemporary visual art to the people of the city and a wider audience."

" In this comment, made by a group of artists, curators, designers and architects who would become the Cardiff Contemporary steering group, the seed was planted. Now three years later, with financial backing from Arts Council Wales and the City of Cardiff Council the true spirit of co-operative working has turned that vision into a reality.

The Cardiff Contemporary Festival promises to be one the biggest contemporary visual arts festivals ever to have taken place in Wales. Taking place between October 3 and November 9 in venues and public spaces throughout the city centre, Cardiff Bay and neighbouring areas, Cardiff will come alive with more than 24 new contemporary visual art commissions, three artists in residence and a programme of hundreds of artistic events delivered by festival partners g39, Artes Mundi 6, the National Museum, Ffotogallery, O:4W, Chapter Arts Centre, Made in Roath, Made by Hand, Goat Major projects, Lumen prize, the Atrium, Cardiff Castle and hidden locations within the city.

As someone who has worked in the arts for many years I realise that people can often feel intimidated walking into art galleries. We felt it was important to make Cardiff Contemporary accessible to everyone. By effectively transforming the city into a gallery for five weeks people from all walks of life and all ages, who would not usually be interested in contemporary visual art or may think it's too elitist, can enjoy and appreciate the work and even take part without feeling like an outsider.

Using the theme Reveal/Conceal we asked artists in Wales and the wider world to respond to the theme and make work that would use the city's historic monuments and long-forgotten and disused industrial and heritage buildings to capture the imagination of the general public.

We received 220 proposals from artists in more than 50 countries across the world from Guam to Venice giving the steering committee the difficult task of commissioning the most innovative and sometimes humorous new works. Those we have chosen use unusual venues such as a gallery on the roof of Jacob's Market, the old Docks Feeder Canal, the Custom and Immigration Building in Butetown, Cardiff Central Station and Cardiff Castle's clock tower.

The Cardiff Contemporary Artists in Residence will explore the city; Ian Watson will investigate urban legends; Simon Fenoulhet will go underneath the city to find what lies beneath our streets - exploring tunnels, caverns, crypts and bunkers, while Venetian artist Daniele Sambo will create light installations in forgotten urban spaces, powered by local people.

The festival will also showcase work from many of Wales' established and new artists. This year's Turner Prize nominee James Richards' video work Not Blacking Out will be shown as part of the exhibition 'A giant, whose shoulders I stand on', while Richard James, former bassist with Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Welsh musician and producer R Seiliog will create a sonic installation from the Clock Tower at Cardiff Castle.

Other well-known Welsh artists taking part include Sean Edwards, Sam Hasler, Bella Kerr, Anna Barrett, Joan Jones, Owen Griffiths, Alan Goulbourne , Mel Fung and Sara Rees.

For Bedazzled, ffotogallery will recreate Dylan Thomas' favourite New York pub The White Horse Tavern inside a disused building in Cardiff Bay transporting visitors to the bohemian world of Wales' greatest poet. Cardiff's Goat Major Projects collective plan to convert an empty shop into a "virtual" mountain, where visitors can experience nature in an urban environment; shipping containers will be sited around the city and Bay by Cardiff's g39 Gallery to create temporary art spaces housing "art experiences" exploring Cardiff's world trade links while Outcasting: Fourth Wall International Artist Film Festival will turn an empty shop at St David's House, Wood Street into a screening gallery to showcase newly-commissioned work by Welsh and international artists. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Cardiff Contemporary Hopes to Put Capital on Visual Arts Map; the City of Cardiff Council Visual Arts Manager and Project Leader Ruth Cayford Reveals Her Plans and Passion for Cardiff Contemporary, the City's Biggest Ever Visual Arts Festival
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.