Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar
Day Seven: 07/12/2019

In the 108 years since the Glynn Vivian Gallery opened, it’s showcased the work of artists including Thomas Gainsborough, William Blake and Claude Monet as well as the cream of local talent. That tradition is alive and well, and as we reach the cusp of a new decade the Glynn Vivian is once again flying the flag for Welsh creativity. Today is the opening day of the Swansea Open Exhibition. A total of 245 works of art by over 200 local artists will be on display until February 23rd. Many will also be on sale during this period, and four of them will have the added prestige of being prize winners. At this afternoon’s launch, recipients will be announced for the first prize of £250, the second prize of £150 and the third prize of £100, with a further £200 award going to a piece specially selected by the Friends of Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.

Essentially every artist on show over the next ten weeks is already a winner. The exhibitor list features emerging artists side by side with more established names, and local students from Gower College and University of Wales Trinity Saint David School of Art are well represented. What they all have in common is that their work was selected from a lengthy list of entries to represent the best of Swansea’s 21st century culture. The themes covered tell us the story of artists coming to terms with the world around them; climate change, plastic pollution and Brexit are all prominent, along with the perennial beauty of local landscapes.

The Swansea Open is an annual art competition open to anyone living or working in the region, and it embraces arts and crafts in all their forms. If you’re an aspiring Swansea-based artist, you really should visit. And next year, you really should enter. This is your city; there’s no better place to share your talent.

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