Artist Callout - Come Rain Come Shine

Posted on: Friday, February 26, 2016

From the Station to the Sea is seeking to collaborate with an artist on the design and installation of awnings on premises on Swansea’s High Street.

Come Rain, Come Shine is a project about colour, shopping, history and the Swansea climate. Swansea High Street itself is very exposed to both extremes of weather, with very little cover and east and west facing shopfronts that take the full heat of the sun at one end of the day or the other. Many changes are notable between photos of the street in its heyday and those of the street today, but one of the most striking visual features is the preponderance of awnings, which are almost entirely absent today, and there is no current feature which replicates either their function or their aesthetic.

We plan to reinstate both, providing on-street shelter from the weather for goods and people, effectively extending retail space, and bringing bold colour and design to the street in a way which both distinguishes the individual character of premises and links diverse buildings together through a common feature distinguishing and defining the High Street. Our ambition is that Come Rain, Come Shine not only contributes to the improvement of the High Street environment, but also instigates changes to city planning policies and design codes and thereby facilitating future transformation.

We are looking for an artist to collaborate with an architect, High Street trader Buon Appetito (see images over) and possibly an awning manufacturer/designer. We are excited to see how artists from a range of backgrounds might respond to this brief. As a starting point, some possible approaches might be:

- Recreating the functions of traditional awnings but with an entirely alternative form;
- A print or textiles or materials-led approach to producing unique or highly unusual bespoke designs;
- A graphic design approach to the brand or concept of the trader’s offer;
- A multimedia approach that considers the premises whole façade and on-street footprint;
- Additional contextual interventions that signpost or reference the premises.

Whilst initially this is a call-out for an artist to work on one awning, our aim is to install at least three over the coming year, planning permission and funding dependent. It may be that we choose to work with the same or different artists on subsequent installations.

Please download the full brief for details of how to apply.

For further information email or call Carrie Rhys-Davies on 01792 464790 or 07949 529856.

An Ideas People Places project supported by Lottery Funding from Arts Council of Wales.

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