May Be Good Social

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Graduate Award 2009/2010 – Alistair Owen

To hear an in-conversation discussion with Alistair Owen visit our Sound Cloud link: http://soundcloud.com/elbowroom-1/may-be-good-talk

The aim of the Graduate Award was to help early career artists gain the skills knowledge and experience to allow them to forward their practice in public realm contexts. The award offered a graduate the opportunity to develop and create a temporary artwork (or series of artworks) in the public realm anywhere in Wales with the guidance, support and mentoring of professionals experienced in developing, curating, managing and delivering a wide range of such projects.

The initial public interventions by Alistair Owen, the first winner of the award, were ‘Maybegood’ a series of four billboard artworks displayed over a period of eight weeks in Cardiff’s city centre. The end of the series, which saw the final billboard leading viewers to a frustrating website page, was celebrated with an interactive social gathering at the Vulcan Hotel pub situated opposite the site of the artwork.

Alistair followed this with the stunning creation of a cardboard box cast in bronze. This work was displayed in October 2010 during a daylong outdoor event entitled ‘Box 1’ in The Hayes, Cardiff. Throughout the day visitors were able to join Alistair for a cup of coffee and a chat while watching the world carry on around the bronze box. Three artists were invited to document the work and the event through their practice. The results of this, as well as images his other Graduate Award pieces, can now be viewed on Alistair’s website: http://www.alistairowen.com

A publication, with a text “The Work is Obtuse’ commissioned from Sean Edwards about Alistair’s practice, was produced in late 2010. The publication also includes information on the work of two artists who were interviewed for the award, as well as the winner of the second year of the award, Lauren Sarreas Webb. The reverse of the fold out pamphlet is a poster image designed by Alistair. Copies of this publication can be obtained by emailing info@elbowroom.org.uk or from the WARP office at G39.

At the May Be Good Social, Alistair will talk about his work and experiences during the Graduate Award project. This professional development event and informal networking opportunity being held at The Old Bank Building in Cardiff’s Butetown will also include a presentation by the artist Sam Aldridge and artworks by Robbie McIntosh and Sharon Crew. The WARP and Ffotogallery Forum discussion, at which the Hourzine publication will be launched, will take place at the same venue that evening. 

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