OEDFA | SERVICE
The disused Welsh Baptist chapel on Upper Mostyn St is one of the town’s “Lost Spaces” that CALL (Culture Action Llandudno) is seeking to reactivate and animate through cultural regeneration as part of ACW’s ‘Ideas: People: Places’ initiative. Marc Rees, lead artist for the space, instigated an experiential phase of artist residencies under the name LAB TAB / TAB LAB. Both CALL and Llawn have commissioned artists to respond to distinctive aspects of the Tabernacle’s unique history and architecture. The installations at the Tabernacle entitled OEDFA (Service) represent these interventions and traces:
This is an architectural intervention/interactive performance piece that draws on The Tabernacle’s main chapel architecture, its ‘auditorium’. We worked with artist Jenny Hall to develop an installation with high visual impact via simple means that helps envision spatial possibilities. The (proto) elips is a giant musical instrument supported by the structure of the building, which draws attention to the juxtaposition of curves and straight lines. The public are invited to pluck, hit, knock, stroke and listen to the sounds made by the (proto)elips installation. The Audience becomes the player. The (proto)elips also offers opportunity for musicians and sound artists to interact, creating an installation within an installation.
Activate an Archive
Marian Delyth, a lens based artist was invited to catalogue the contents of the Chapel – document the many objects that were left behind via pictorial means to give them new meaning and provoke debate about their place in the broader space and in turn that of The Tabernacle itself and its future. A key element was to engage with the Tabernacle’s former custodians whom she photographed holding certain objects that they were associated or connected with.
Ceramicist and performance artist Sarah Younan’s brief was to respond to a particular aspect of The Tabernacle’s architecture, that of the unfolding pulpit that holds the baptistery, the sunken receptacle used for baptism by total immersion. Sarah made soap and wax to clean the chapel and restore its wood furnishings and transformed the residency into a retreat where she inhabited the role of ‘art nun’. She also created new relics from the soap and wax that incorporated detritus and residue found around the chapel which were then displayed as part of the “Museum of Dust”.
Outside – Inside / Tu Allan – Tu Mewn
‘Death Dydd Taro’
An intensive week long residency responding to a defining moment not only in the chapel’s history but that of the Politics of Wales. It looks at the action of three men – Saunders Lewis, D J Williams and Tabernacle’s minister Lewis Valentine – as they decide to blow up the RAF bombing school in Penyberth. The ensuing performance focuses primarily on this event and reimagines the Tabernacle’s stark, wooden interior as a landscape to travel through, traverse and transcend.
Made by possible by the financial support of WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee).
Iain Chambers ‘Lewis Valentine’
Iain Chambers’ new work for LLAWN celebrates the legacy of Lewis Valentine, baptist minister turned activist, who played a key part in the founding of Welsh nationalism.
Iain’s composition features field recordings from Llandudno alongside the organ of the Tabernacle – the chapel where Valentine was minister from 1920 until 1946 – in a piece drawing on the famous hymn Valentine wrote, Dros Cymru’n Gwlad.
Experience ‘Lewis Valentine’ through wireless headphones as you explore, or sit, in the Tabernacl. This complements the recording of ‘Lewis Valentine’ which can be heard in a bathing hut on the Promenade during the weekend of LLAWN04.
The Tabernacle will be open 11.00am-5.30pm on Sat 24th and Sun 25th Sep.