This summer will see Antonia Dewhurst undertaking an Artists Residency in Powys. The climax of this residency will be a piece of pop-up vernacular architecture, a Tŷ Unnos or ‘One Night home’ constructed in the Newtown parkland adjacent to the gallery. Above are some photos of the site and materials as Antonia begins her planning for the build, we’ll update with photos of the finished shelter once the project is completed.
Antonia will spend part of her residency based at a studio at the Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws, where she will research and collect materials for the creation of an extraordinary project, Tŷ Unnos, or ‘one- night house’.
Tŷ Unnos is an old Welsh tradition dating back to the 17th century: if one could build a house between the hours of sunset and sunrise and have smoke rising from the chimney by dawn, the ownership of the land could be claimed. While Antonia does not lay claim to Newtown’s park on 19 July she will build a Tŷ Unnos – literally overnight – in the town’s parkland opposite Oriel Davies. This will be a temporary structure made from recycled materials – wooden pallets, tarpaulin and corrugated iron. After a night of feverish building the structure will be in place by the morning of 20 July, complete with smoke rising from the chimney.
Antonia plans to furnish her Tŷ Unnos, and visitors will be encouraged to enter the dwelling when the artist is present and talk to her about her residency and project. Tŷ Unnos launches on 21 July and will then stay in situ in the Park until early September. The shelter will resemble a shanty dwelling or favella, questioning ideas of displacement and homelessness.
Antonia Dewhurst’s residency is part of the Arts Council of Wales Residency Programme. The artist has been invited as part of Oriel Davies’ exploration into the relationship between art, design and architecture.
Antonia is also exhibiting inside Oriel Davies’ Gallery during this period, in a Test Bed exhibition,gimme shelter, which shows a series of the artist’s micro designs for Tŷ Unnos structures. Her show offers an array of construction possibilities and prompts consideration of the notion of ‘dwelling’ and global feelings of prevailing rootlessness and cultural dislocation.
Antonia Dewhurst’s Tŷ Unnos will be in situ in The Park, Newtown, 20 July – 5 September 2012. On July 21 there will be an exhibition launch from 5pm – 8pm, beginning with an in-conversation event with the Bathing Beauties project Curator, Michael Trainor, Artist Antonia Dewhurst, Heidi Day from the Welsh School of Architecture and Oriel Davies Curator Ruth Gooding.
‘gimme shelter’ is a series of micro-structures responding to the 18th Century Welsh tradition of ‘Ty Unnos’ or ‘One Night Home’.
This tradition proclaimed that if someone could build a house between sunset and sunrise on common land, the land would become theirs. These works explore the idea of ‘Home’ and feelings of belonging. To compliment her exhibition, the creation of a full scale ‘Ty Unnos’ in the parkland beside the gallery is planned by Dewhurst.
Antonia Dewhurst will also be undertaking an Artists Residency Tŷ Unnos or ‘One Night home’ constructed in the Newtown parkland adjacent to the gallery.
Exhibition Opening Saturday 21 July, 5-8pm at Oriel Davies, Newtown.
Some shots of Barry/Badge, Gerallt, Wendy Couling and Antonia installing the ‘Trails of Thread’ exhibition inside of the Adain Avion DC9 plane, the exhibition is a result of workshops Wendy ran with local textile group Serentex, members of the Embroidery Guild and local artists, both Wendy.C and Barry/Badge had work in the exhibition
A few shots of Gerallt and Barry/Badge’s work hanging in the ‘Gwyl Arall’ exhibition in Caernarfon
The ‘Trails of Thread’ installation consists of artwork created during a series of Workshop sessions facilitated by Mixed Media Artist Wendy Couling, working with the Textile-based group ‘Serentex’, including members of the Embroiderers Guild, and also a series of Masterclass sessions with members of the community. The artwork is based on the participant’s collection of memories of Llandudno, and thus builds a connection between the fuselage of Adain Avion and the local landscape.
We would like to invite you to view the works and meet the participants at a special event in Adain Avion.
Part of the London 2012 Festival, Adain Avion is one of 12 London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Artists taking the lead commissions to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in creative ways across the UK, and has been funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council of Wales. Adain Avion is Curated and Directed by Marc Rees, co-produced by Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University and receives additional funding from: Major Events Unit, Welsh Government; City and County of Swansea; Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and Conwy County Borough Council.
Mae gosodiad ‘Trails of Thread’ yn cynnwys gwaith celf wedi’i greu yn ystod cyfres o sesiynau Gweithdy wedi’u hwyluso gan yr Artist Cyfrwng Cymysg, Wendy Couling, gan weithio gyda’r grŵp Tecstilau ‘Serentex’, yn cynnwys aelodau o Urdd y Brodwyr, a hefyd
cyfres o sesiynau Dosbarthiadau Meistr gydag aelodau o’r gymuned. Mae’r gwaith celf yn seiliedig ar gasgliad o atgofion y cyfranogwr o Landudno, ac felly’n adeiladu cyswllt rhwng corff awyren Adain Avion a’r tirlun lleol.
Hoffem eich gwahodd i weld y gwaith a chwrdd â’r cyfranogwyr mewn digwyddiad arbennig yn Adain Avion.Trails of Thread
Corff awyren Adain Avion, promenâd Llandudno
Fel rhan o Ŵyl Llundain 2012, mae Adain Avion yn un o 12 Artist Olympiad Diwylliannol Llundain 2012 sydd wedi ennill comisiwn Artistiaid ar y Blaen i ddathlu Gemau Olympaidd a Pharalympaidd
Llundain 2012 mewn dulliau creadigol ar draws y Deyrnas Unedig, ac wedi’i gyllido gan y Loteri Genedlaethol drwy Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru. Curadur a chyfarwyddwr Adain Avion yw Marc Rees, ac fe’i cyd-gynhyrchir gan Ganolfan Celfyddydau Taliesin, Prifysgol Abertawe, ac mae’n derbyn arian ychwanegol gan: Uned Digwyddiadau Mawr, Llywodraeth Cymru; Dinas a Sir Abertawe; Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Blaenau Gwent a Chyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Conwy.
The first part of Wendy Couling’s ‘Trails of Thread’ exhibition has now opened at Venue Cymru, featuring the work of the ‘Serentex’ textile group. The artwork is based on the participant’s collection of memories of Llandudno, and thus builds a connection between the local landscape and the fuselage of Adain Avion where the second part of the exhibition will take place on July 9th
Barry [Badge] and Gerallt both have work the upcoming ‘Gwyl Arall’ exhibition. Aided by ‘Bocs‘, a co-op of artists based in Caernarfon dedicated to providing a platform for emerging Welsh talent, and ‘Gwead.com‘ the exhibition opens Friday 6th of July at 6.30pm and runs until the 8th of July so catch it whilst you can folks at 12 Palace Street, Caernarfon.
Here’s a bit of background on ‘Bocs’ and ‘Gwead’ borrowed from Bocs’ website:
Gŵyl Arall and Bocs present to you an innovative, contemporary art exhibition from established and emerging North Wales artists. Showcasing a combination of mixed media collage, painting, sculpture, video, printmaking, photography and installation. Bocs is very proud to be working alongside Gŵyl Arall this year, in what will be the first of many exhibitions to come. Bocs is a non-profit co-operative of young artists, encompassing visual arts, music and performance, to support and showcase local talent. Bocs grew out of Oriel Dafydd Hardy and will be opening their own arts space very soon!
Running alongside the exhibition will be the festival itself which celebrates Welsh art, literature, music, poetry etc a full programme of events can be found HERE