Tuesday, 12 January 2010


cakeMany of you may still be recovering from one recent ‘celebrity’ birthday but for those of you not suffering with the tiresome Tourette’s of spitting out words like detox, diet and gym membership it is time to prepare for another weekend of hedonism; this time partying in the name of Art, dahlings.
Yes Art is having a birthday, an annual event first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou. And, as it is cultural, and perhaps, cerebral, we shall celebrate. With FREE events  organised in Swansea by Bucket & Sponge, Framework and Elysium Gallery.And elsewhere in the world. And with wine.  How very un-January. How absolutely fabulous!
Much like the Queen, and myself, Art does not limit the party to one night. Here be the pick of the bunch…
Fri 15 January
(1) The Audible Picture Show: 1pm, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (FREE)
Come and learn more of the origins of Art’s Birthday, declared to be January 17th by Fluxus artist Robert Filliou (pictured) and hear artist Matt Hulse talk about and play examples of his project The Audible Picture Show, an international touring show of short audio works created for cinema by a diverse range of people including visual artists, film makers, sound designers & writers.  Local sound artists Barrie Hole have been commissioned to create a sound piece that will form part of Hulse’s Audible Picture Show and which will be played at the talk.
(2) Caroline Sabin – Small Tides: Live portrait painting, moustache making, Hat making, Giant Birthday Card, plus much more! Elysium Gallery, 41 High Street, Swansea, 7pm – late (FREE).
Sat 16 January
Stylophone Orchestra of Great Britain + Barrie Hole’s Hitlist presents… Andy Candles & The Party Poppers. 7pm, Elysium Gallery, 41 High Street, Swansea (FREE)
Sun 17 January
Art’s Birthday Party: Punch & Judy show, DEXTart & FRIENDS, improvised Jazz Band, Quiz night, Art Raffle plus more! 6pm til late, Elysium Gallery, High Street, Swansea (FREE)
Still art, but far more serious, The Silent Village opens at Ffotogallery@TurnerHouse at 6.30pm on Fri 15 Jan (FREE).

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