New murals unveiled in Cardiff Bay celebrate international disabled community

Image: Butong Idar and Nano Warsono next to one of the murals / Image credit: Gabe Taylor

Indonesian artists travelled to Cardiff to collaborate with Welsh artists on the artworks

TWO new murals produced by disabled Indonesian and Welsh artists for cycling charity Pedal Power are now on display in Cardiff Bay as part of an international artistic collaboration intended to promote international disability culture.

Artists Nano Warsono and Butong Idar of Jogja Disability Arts travelled to Cardiff to work with South Wales artist Andrew Bolton on the new murals, which are now on display outside Pedal Power’s Cardiff Bay site. The group also worked with other disabled artists from South Wales on the collaborative project. 

Mr Bolton, Mr Warsono and Mr Idar put together the original designs for the project in online workshops before coming together in Cardiff to work on the murals.

“The purpose of our collaboration is to strengthen and celebrate connections between disabled artists around the world,” Mr Bolton told The Cardiffian.

Pedal Power, a Cardiff-based organisation working to make cycling more inclusive and accessible for people of all ages and abilities, hosted an opening for the murals on November 11. Gabe Taylor, engagement officer for Pedal Power, spoke to The Cardiffian about Pedal Power’s experience hosting Mr Warsono and Mr Idar in Cardiff.

Image credit: Gabe Taylor

“The two artists came to Pedal Power a couple of weeks ago and had a ride on one of our adaptive bikes — and we met them again at the opening event,” she said. “They talked really positively about the experience.

“The weather was quite challenging practically as they were working outside because of the size of the murals, so they were having to deal with rainy days which delayed the work a bit.” 

Mr Warsono and Mr Idar also worked on murals in Bristol as part of a project supporting connections between UK and international disabled artists funded by a British Council Unlimited International Award.

(from left to right) Butong Idar, Nano Warsono and Andrew Bolton / Image credit: Sian Donovan