Monday, January 10, 2011

Art's Birthday, Swansea 2011

Dear all,
Yes, it's nearly the 17th of January again. In other words:
Art's Birthday.
Take part in this international event and the fourth year of celebrations in Swansea and join us for Art’s 1,000,048th birthday.

On Friday the 14th of January we have a gallery “day” at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery kicking off at 1pm with what looks set to be a fascinating lecture by Dr. George Nash, archaeologist and specialist in prehistoric and contemporary art, entitled “New for Old.” Dr. Nash will discuss the birth of art, its earliest manifestations in Wales and how modern graffiti might hold a key to understanding prehistoric art.

This will be followed by a discussion about the ideas behind Art’s Birthday and the launch of some long-term projects, including the Three Year, Four Day Working Week and Supersaurus Radio (going out live on Monday 17th January!).

Steven Paige will also be on-hand facilitating the production of an Art’s Birthday magazine.
Add to this live music (acts to be announced) and we think this will be an all-round special day not to be missed.

If, for any reason you cannot attend, why not send us an A4 page of readily-photocopyable material to be included in the magazine? Email it to or even send it to the gallery in an envelope addressed to “Art’s Birthday” C/O Thomas Goddard, The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Road, Swansea. SA1 5DZ. UK.

Or send us something for the radio show – a sound, a request, a comment, a proposal, etc (to the email address above).

Keep up to date with the Swansea activities (including a link to the radio) here.

Find out if there is anything happening nearer you at:

Looking forward to seeing or hearing from you,

Barnaby Dicker, Owen Griffiths, Tim John, Dan McCabe, Aled Simons, Fern Thomas, Adele Vye.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Get Ready for the Three Year, Four Day Working Week...

Be at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery for 1pm on the 14th January...
Or send something by post.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Fri - Sat Notes

Art’s Birthday 2010, Swansea, echo Thursday: BBC Radio Wales Arts Show – Western Mail – Friday: midday, Glynn Vivian gallery, Matt Hulse, Barrie Hole, The Audible Picture Show! (Bigger audience than Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago!), no questions, Matt and Barney merrily filled the gap - Elysium gallery, decked out nice, “Art’s Birthday” written with a sponge in mud (from a bucket) in the window, giant birthday card (erection first thing drawn on card), false moustaches (“no moustache, no drink”), some little cakes, lots of people, portrait painting corner, Caroline Sabin’s “Small Tides” opens downstairs!, one quarter of the Stylophone Orchestra of Great Britain arrives (plus entourage). Saturday: Café-Génie, Owen Griffiths (“matey”), Barrie Hole, coffee, bucket and sponge moved...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

With most things in place, it seems like a good opportunity to say a big thank you to our sponsors, supporters and collaborators: The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Dubreq, and, of course, our stunning 'acts'.

The Glynn Vivian's offer to host the opening event was fantastic and really gave form to our plans. Thanks especially to Gordon Dalton.

Matt Hulse's immediate enthusiasm for Art's Birthday and in bringing The Audible Picture Show to Swansea was also fantastic and gave further form to our plans.

The Stylophone Orchestra of Great Britain's enthusiasm was similarly fantastic and plan-firming. As was Dubreq's fantastic enthusiasm for sponsoring the Stylophone Orchestra's gig. Given that Dubreq are THE manufacturers of the Stylophone it could not be more fitting that they do so. We have a feeling that this will be an historic occasion!

The input of Barry Hole's Hitlist presents Andy Candles and the Party Poppers as support act for the Stylophone Orchestra and contributors of new work for The Audible Picture Show only makes things more fantastic.

All in all it has made us realise that we didnt really have any plans before all of the above got involved. One last thing: this is the last Art's Birthday for a while that falls on a weekend - let's celebrate accordingly!

Check out Dubreq's new Stylophone:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Art's Birthday 2010

Well, the celebration is shaping up nicely. Details to appear very shortly...

Saturday, January 17, 2009