LLAWN02, Llandudno Arts Weekend, is showcasing a host of Welsh artists this September.
The Weekend is a contemporary, free-of-charge festival incorporating dance, film, music and installations. Curator Marc Rees has placed particular emphasis on performances and artwork based on Welsh heritage and culture.
Dancer Cai Tomos will perform the world premiere of a specially commissioned piece on the changing fortunes of Wales’ religious spaces. ‘Gymanfa’ uses recordings of the people who inhabit former chapels, building a layer of sound to create a virtual choir. The piece takes place in a disused Tabernacle, bringing the building to life and questioning how it can be used in a secular society.
Meanwhile, performance artist Kathryn Ashill will be interpreting the story of Eliza Pugh, a young deaf girl who lived on Anglesey during the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign. Eliza produced a beautiful pictorial dictionary of images as a tool for learning and communication, which Kathryn will use as the inspiration for a performance with North Wales Deaf Association members.
A series of replica bathing machines on the Promenade will host installations by Welsh artists. Leading urban artist Pure Evil, from South Wales, was recently named by the Observer as one of urban art’s “big names”. He will exhibit in Wales for the very first time in a bathing machine housing a graffiti portrait of Queen Victoria and a silent disco. In a second bathing machine, Llandudno-based artist Alana Tyson will create silhouette portraits of the public. She will use traditional cutting techniques inspired by Britain’s most famous silhouettist, Harry L. Oakley, who operated from a studio on Llandudno Pier in the first half of the 20th century. Another bathing machine will be inhabited by Catrin Doyle’s ‘Child’s Cinema’. Catrin, a Welsh film maker, will use Victorian-inspired inventions to create an interactive cinema experience that children can power themselves.
Local artist Ceri Rimmer will hold a workshop on the Promenade that reflects the importance of tourism, enjoyment and leisure to the North Wales economy. Visitors with mobility scooters, micro scooters or bicycles will be encouraged to temporarily customise them using cardboard, foam or feathers. The participative event will culminate in a Prom Prix, a piece of physical theatre that will engage locals and holidaymakers alike.
Marc Rees explains, “While LLAWN welcomes performances from all over the world, it’s important that the festival reflects the history and culture of its setting. Our Welsh artists will be expressing their varied interpretations of Wales past, present and future.”
LLAWN02 takes place on 19th to 21st September. See the full programme here.