Stefan Gant: TUG OF WAR ART COLLABORATION 2013-2014
Between March 2013 and March 2014 a unique collaboration has been taking place between the artist Stefan Gant and the Welsh Tug of War Association, supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
New visual works is being developed by the artist over a 12 month period which will include the creation of new video works and sculptural pieces, underpinned by the contemporary discourse of drawing. The resulting works will then be exhibited across Wales and beyond. The sport / art project also intends to raise the awareness of this ritualistic, rural and ancient sport, encouraging further participation.
Kind letters of support were received from key institutions across Wales including: 4th Wall Cardiff, Elysium Art Space Swansea, Aberystwyth Art Centre, Wrexam Arts Centre and Robyn Tomos National Eisteddfod of Wales.
The artist has been visiting competitions and participating with communities, events and training schedules, forming a documentary style approach which has been well received by the communities, engaging hundreds of participants and many more from the regional areas. The project has included visits across the length of Wales including: Dolfor, Llanboidy, Llanybidder and Pentre Halkyn. The project now moves on towards Llangadog and Builth Wells (Welsh National Championships), the UK National Championships, Perth Scotland and the Europeans in Assen, Netherlands. The resulting works will then be shown between September 2013 to March 2014. The project carries the potential to be shown internationally.
The development of this project is now ready to be viewed photographically through this blog containing project development over the first 5 months..watch this space, regular updates will follow, including exhibition dates.