Sean Edwards’ exhibition for the Venice Biennale will open at the Senedd in Cardiff this Summer. This is the first time the work will be shown in the artist’s home town of Cardiff.
Tŷ Pawb was commissioned as lead organisation deliver the exhibition for Wales in Venice 2019, along with artist Sean Edwards and independent curator Marie-Anne McQuay
Wales in Venice is designed to be a platform for visual art from Wales at La Biennale, one of the world’s most prestigious art exhibitions, held in Venice every two years.
Following its presentation in Venice, a reworked ‘Undo Things Done’ came to Tŷ Pawb at the start of 2020 before travelling on to Bluecoat, Liverpool.
The show draws on Edwards’ experience of growing up on a council estate; 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.
The presentation in the Senedd will feature several of the works that exhibited at Bluecoat, including the Welsh quilts, prints and a rework of his audio work Refrain, a 2019 National Theatre Wales commissioned radio play which was written for and performed by Edward’s mother, Lily Edwards.
The show will be open at the Senedd’s Public Gallery from Mon 26 Jul until Sun 5 Sep.
Undo This Done was commissioned by Arts Council of Wales on the occasion of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – the largest visual arts exhibition in the world, with lead partner Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham and guest curator, our Head of Programme Marie-Anne McQuay. Supported by the Art Fund, Colwinston Charitable Trust, Contemporary Arts Society Wales and The Elephant Trust. Production partner National Theatre Wales. Tour partners the Bluecoat and the Welsh Parliament / Senedd.