Visions in the Nunnery – the Nunnery Gallery’s renowned showcase of recent moving image and performance – is back. Three programmes will present an international overview of some of the most exciting and boundary-pushing digital art, showing over 60 international artists selected from over 1,000 submissions.
Programme 3 is headed by Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams, who is presenting both performance and film as part of Visions’ closing programme. Williams’ work is often fantastical, surreal and humorous – telling the idiosyncratic and everyday narratives of people’s lives. These are themes that run throughout the work of programme 3, featuring moving image and installation – including the voyeuristically installed animated films of Davies, Monaghan, and Klein. Architecture bolsters much of this work, including Williams’ own Hypercaust (2017) – commissioned by Storyhouse Gallery, Chester – which imagines an empty and moonlit Roman Fortress Bathhouse using CGI while recalling the hearsay of modern-day lives, taking the viewer to a space out of time.
Williams lives and works in Caernarfon, and gained his BA at Central St Martins College of Art and Design (1997) and his MA at Ateliers Arnhem, NL (1999). His work spans a variety of media, including performance, video, sculpture and installation. Williams represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and in 2015 he was part of British Art Show 8. In 2016 he was one of the artists nominated for the Artes Mundi prize, which takes place biennially in Cardiff.
Saturday Special Screening Sat 8 Dec, 3pm
Ellie Kyungran Heo The Planet (2016); Prapat Jiwarangsan Destination Nowhere (2018); Mauricio Sanhueza The House (2018).
Exhibiting artists: Ankita Anand; Cody; Sandra Crisp; Davies, Monaghan and Klein; Rhona Foster; Roxman Gatt; Kwonjinn; Kounosuke Kawakami; Piotr Krzymowski; Matthew Lancit; John Lawrence; Ann-Marie LeQuesne; Laura O'Neill; Myles Painter; Rachel Povey; Ralph Pritchard; Phillip Reeves; Jack West; Bedwyr Williams.
Carmelite Café Exhibition: Savinder Bual; Pieter Geenen; Dawn George; Carolina Jonsson; Eleanor Turnbull; Meng Zhou.
Visions in the Nunnery has been selected by Tessa Garland and Sophie Hill.
Images: Bedwyr Williams, still from Hypercaust 2017 © Bedwyr Williams. Commissioned by Storyhouse, Chester; Roxman Gatt, still from It's a Passion (2017) © Roxman Gatt; Shona Davies, Dave Monaghan and Jon Klein, still from The Desperate Hours Diptych (2017) © the artists.
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