Wales in Venice 2019, a solo presentation by artist Sean Edwards, is a Collateral Event of the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The project is commissioned by Arts Council of Wales and curated by Marie-Anne McQuay for lead organisation Tŷ Pawb.

Edwards’ exhibition Undo Things Done, the ninth Biennale presentation from Wales, is a poetic inquiry into place, politics and class, intertwined with personal histories. Edwards is interested in capturing and translating what he calls a condition of ‘not expecting much’ into a shared visual language; one that evokes a way of living familiar to a great number of people.

Undo Things Done takes as its starting point the artist’s experience of growing up on a council estate in Cardiff in the 1980s. The live radio play Refrain is a script performed once a day by the artist’s mother from her home in Cardiff, transmitted live to the venue. Refrain is a co-production with National Theatre Wales.

A team of 18 artists, educators, curators and students will support the Wales in Venice team. The Invigilator Plus programme will offer hands-on experience of working in Venice, networking with international peers and a personal development programme.

For more information about Wales in Venice please visit venice.arts.wales

Sean Edwards

Born in Cardiff in 1980, Sean Edwards graduated from Cardiff School of Art & Design before studying an MA in sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art.

The artist returned to Wales in 2005 where he has since contributed to the development of the Welsh artistic landscape through his own artistic practice and supporting the development of emerging artists via artist-led space g39 and now as lecturer in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University. Edwards has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally including Spike Island, Bristol; Chapter, Cardiff and Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany.

He has developed permanent public artwork with Studio Response, and Future City and in 2014 was awarded the Gold Medal in Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod and is a former recipient of Arts Council of Wales’s Creative Wales Awards.

He is represented by Tanya Leighton, Berlin.

Artist’s website
johnstowncompany.com

Tanya Leighton, Berlin
tanyaleighton.com/artists/sean-edwards

 

Marie-Anne McQuay

Marie-Anne McQuay, guest international curator for Wales in Venice 2019 has been Head of Programme at Bluecoat, Liverpool, (the UK’s oldest contemporary arts centre) since November 2014. Recent solo exhibitions and projects at Bluecoat include commissioning new work by Larissa Sansour, Louisa Martin, Adham Faramawy, Elaine Mitchener and Grace Ndiritu.

Previously she was curator at Spike Island, Bristol (2007-2013) working with artists including Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, Can Altay, Sonia Boyce, Cevdet Erek, Melissa Gordon, Sean Edwards, Uriel Orlow, Amanda Beech, Craig Mulholland, James Richards & Jesse Jones.

Marie-Anne first worked with Sean Edwards in 2011 on the exhibition ‘Maelfa’, Spike Island, Bristol.

Visit

11.05.19–24.11.19

Santa Maria Ausiliatrice
Fondamenta San Gioacchin
Castello 450
30122, Venice

Get directions

Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00–18:00
(Closed Mondays)

Refrain, a live radio play, will be performed daily at 14:00

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Tour

 

On Tuesday 17th December 2019, the last day of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Sean Edwards’ daily live radio play Refrain will broadcast across the UK on BBC Radio 4.

The sharing of Refrain also marks the start of preparations for the two year tour of Undo Things Done to Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham and Bluecoat, Liverpool.

Dates of Refrain broadcast and Undo Things Done Tour

  • BBC Radio 4, Refrain broadcast UK wide 4:00pm Tuesday 17th December / 5:00pm Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, Castello in Venice.
  • Undo Things Done exhibition tour – opening Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham Friday 14 Feb 2020. Exhibition runs until Sunday 26 April 2020.
  • Undo Things Done exhibition tour – opening Bluecoat, Liverpool Friday 6 Nov 2020. Exhibition runs until Sunday 14 March 2021.

Refrain, a co-production with National Theatre Wales performed by the artist’s mother Lily Edwards has been at the heart of the exhibition, performed daily during the Biennale, streamed from her flat in Cardiff to the Wales in Venice 2019 venue Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, Castello.

A specially commissioned BBC Radio 4 broadcast produced by Martin Williams and John Norton will present an adapted version of Refrain on the last day of the Biennale, Sunday 24 November at 1:30pm (UK) with a simultaneous broadcast in the Santa Maria Ausiliatrice 2:30pm (Venice, Italy). This will be the first time Refrain will be heard across Wales and wider UK, listened to in domestic spaces via radios at home, mirroring the living room where Lily Edwards reads daily. Tŷ Pawb, the Wrexham-based lead arts organisation will also tune into the broadcast, hosting a community listening event.

The Wales in Venice 2019 exhibition Undo Things Done will tour first to Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham. In November 2020 the exhibition will then tour to Wales in Venice 2019 partner Bluecoat, Liverpool.

The tour of Undo Things Done is kindly supported by Art Fund and Colwinston Charitable Trust.

Supporters

 

Wales in Venice 2019, a solo presentation by artist Sean Edwards, is a Collateral Event of the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The project is commissioned by Arts Council of Wales and curated by Marie-Anne McQuay for lead organisation Tŷ Pawb.