12 October, 2019
Images courtesy of David P Scott
Please bow your heads
For those Cardiff artist-led organisations that are no longer with us
While I read these, please think about those in your region who are sadly no longer with us.
Goat Major Projects
Milkwood gallery Cardiff Centre for the Visual Arts
Third floor Gallery
Butetown history & art centre
Howard Gardens Gallery
Open Empty Spaces
Mermaid & Monster
Print Market Project
British Racing Green
New British Art
Pontcanna Street Gallery
cardiff arts collective
Cardiff Art Map
*Performance script available on request
The third a-n Assembly event for 2018 took place at the Unit 6 Vision Building in Dundee and explored the idea of ‘cultural outposts’ and the challenges and advantages these offer for sustained artist-led practice. ‘Scotland’s first design museum’ V&A Dundee had opened in the city the previous month.
Dundee is a city in transition. Industrial buildings surrounding V&A Dundee are being converted into luxury hotels or demolished to make way for high end housing, and the city is undergoing a period of intense cultural and architectural change. With much of the city’s cultural strategy currently focusing on Dundee’s population as its target audience, artists are calling for the city to also support grassroots artistic production, critique and dialogue as part of a healthy and sustainable community.
Assembly Dundee offered a platform to discuss the impact these changes have had on the local arts ecology, and presented a range of responses by artists and organisations from areas around the UK that have undergone similar transformations.
Using Dundee as a starting point, the day-long event combined discussions, presentations and practical hands-on workshops to explore meaningful ways to live, work and connect in challenging places.
Read Robyn Woolston’s report Assembly Dundee: “We’re collaborating, and it works – there is a precious dynamic that is important for us”.
Commissioned by Joanna Helfer and performed at a-n Assembly, Dundee, Scotland