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

 

In November 2019, National Theatre Wales will present a Wales-wide version of Refrain with Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham. The full exhibition will then tour back to the UK, appearing at Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham in the spring of 2020 before moving on to Bluecoat, Liverpool in winter 2020. This activity is kindly supported by Art Fund.

More news to be announced Summer 2019.

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.