Arts festival takes over the city until the 19th of November
A contemporary art exhibition about the skateboarding scene in South Wales entitled “A car park in Cardiff” is now showing in Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff. Edwin Burdis created the exhibition by interviewing skaters from across the generations and asking them the question “where do you feel safe?” and from, a pop video was created, combining still images with operatic versions of pop songs
“Interviewing skaters in Cardiff I found out a lot about their relationship with their city, but also the culture that surrounds them and how they adapt” Edwin Burdis.
The exhibition was created in collaboration with Spit & Sawdust. A skate park in Rumney which is also an art and social space.
Burdis’ exhibition is one of many taking place around the city for the biennial visual arts festival, Cardiff Contemporary.
The title of the festival is “Are you ready?” The title is a reference to the inventor Guglielmo Marconi, who alongside George Kemp, transmitted the three words across the Bristol channel from Flat Holm Island in the Bristol Channel to Lavernock Point, Glamorgan on 13 May 1897. However, the overall theme of the festival is communication.
Alongside Edwin Burdis’s exhibition there are a number of exhibits across the city, from Heather and Ivan Morison’s Love Me or Leave Me Alone in Cardiff Bay to Robert Montogomery’s All places are temporary places in the Great Western lane. Each offers their own take on the communication theme.
This year there is a temporary festival hub “The Angel”, next to the Angel Hotel, containing art galleries showcasing Megan Broadmeadow, Anthony Shapland and Locus’s work.
The festival runs until the 19th of November 2016 so if you are interested then do not miss out.