Poetic contributions on Swansea wanted from one and all!
‘Art Across the City’ is an annual event taking place in Swansea where artists from across Europe are commissioned to produce a broad spectrum of exciting, contemporary artworks for installation in public spaces. This stimulating public art programme which runs from the 12th April to 1st June, has been developed by LOCWS International, an artist-led charity based in the city. In honour of the Dylan Thomas Centenary, this year three of the artists are celebrating the life and work of this extraordinary Welsh man and three writers and poets are creating new works.
There is also an opportunity for everybody else to get involved by contributing to the Tawe Mega Poem. This online interactive poem is inviting everyone of all ages and abilities and from all over the world to collaborate and pen one line of up to 140 characters. The Tawe Mega Poem goes live on the Art Across the City website on 13 March and to get the creative juices flowing here are the first lines of the poem, written by Rhian Edwards, echoing Dylan Thomas in her poetic response to Swansea:
Baptised by Vikings and anchored like Rome
in a brine basin of seven snapdragon hills,
spills this marble town and city of laughter.
A pother of ship sails, a smelting brume,
Copperopolis, coal harbour, metal morphosis
to fire-clay, alum, tin-plate and porcelain.
To the coffee-ringed poems in the ruins
and scrawling ashes of the Kardomah Cafe.
Other works across the city include Craig Fisher’s new work, displayed in the National Waterfront Museum in the Museum, a response to the impact of the First World War on the people of Wales. The artist’s large-scale sculptural installations use fabrics and iconography to question the imagery of war. In Castle Square, Lisa Scantlebury creates a photographic illusion on the city centre floor. There will also be an information hub to help you find the other artworks on display across the city.