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International Womens’ Day 2020

13 Feb
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By Esther Ley


International Womens’ Day 2020 is coming up fast and my fellow artist Patti McJones and I have been asked to organise this year’s event at Cinema & Co. It’ll be our fourth year in this great venue. If you’re in Swansea on March 12th around 5.30 – 7.30, you’re very welcome to join us – local artists Esther Ley and Sally Davies are exhibiting with Patti and me. And there’ll be lashings of home made cake, of course.

Sally and Esther are launching their new exhibition, “Every Wrinkled Line” and Patti and I are installing our latest ‘Bog Art’ works.

In the cinema – EVERY WRINKLED LINE – “Women have always been scrutinised and judged, and our worth measured on a scale of supposed ‘beauty’. We are presenting work that need not be judged, the images aren’t beautiful, empowering or even a testament to adversity- they are an honest reflection of a life lived.”

In the Bogs – PATTI MCJONES – “I use my art to point at things. Injustice, hypocrisy, protest or just interesting individuals are the perennial subjects of my work. My real love is documentary speed sketching; ink-capture of protest and music really is the most exciting thing for me. Some of these I then turn into prints, paintings or murals“.

Also in the Bogs – ROSIE SCRIBBLAH – ” ER GÔF was inspired by a winter visit I made to Berlin where the Holocaust Memorial was under a deep white muffled blanket of snow. The massive black monoliths snaking across the site threw extraordinary shadows, forming delicate monochromatic patterns between dark slabs. As that generation of elders that fought World War 2 is dying out, there is a terrifying rise of xenophobia across Europe and the responsibility of remembering the horrors of industrial scale murder falls onto the shoulders of us, their descendants.”


Patti McJones, Rosie Scribblah, Sally Davies


10 Mar

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I had a fantastic evening on Wednesday, International Women’s Day (March 8th) with the opening event of the WMD (Women of Many Dimensions) exhibition at Swansea’s Cinema & Co. There was loads going on throughout the evening – art, poetry, live painting, music, film (Frida), a bar, a pop-up kitchen and the launch of BOGART – art in the toilets at Cinema & Co. It’s a good space with a captive audience so why not? The smaller toilet hosts a photographic installation by Kathryn Trussler and the big bog has an interactive homage to Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

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As people arrived for the evening of festivities, we handed them a sheet of coloured dots and invited them to go and spot the ‘Obliteration Wall’ in the big bog, based on Kusama’s ‘Obliteration Room’ in The Tate and other galleries across the world. This is how it looked at the end of the evening and there’s plenty more spots left to keep on obliterating before the exhibition finishes at the end of the month.


I worked with fellow artists Sylvie Evans and Patricia McKenna-Jones and the owner of Cinema & Co, Anna Redfern, to set it up, at very short notice, and we’re exhibiting 20 artists. It’s been a privilege and a joy to work with them and I hope we’ll do it again next year. And it’s World Toilet Day on November the 19th. Hhhmmmmm………..


I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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