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Sunflowers to fill Swansea gallery and museum this summer

Ivor Sloan, a member of a Glynn Vivian community group, with his sunflower seedlings now planted in the gallery's garden.

Swansea residents are helping to add a splash of natural brightness to the city centre art gallery the Glynn Vivian.

They have submitted sunflower seedlings they’ve been growing this year to transform the gallery’s Alexandra Road garden for all to enjoy this summer.

As part of art project Land Dialogues, each sunflower will be recorded with the name of the person who donated it.

Initially, sunflower seeds were donated by community garden GRAFT at the city’s National Waterfront Museum. Artist Owen Griffiths has welcomed dozens of seedlings and is now planning the gallery’s living installation.

The project is helping the venue to re-open safely after its temporary closure due to the pandemic.

Community organisations, charities and partners involved include Swansea YMCA, Matt’s Café, CRISIS, Race Council Cymru, Ty Fforest food share, Morriston Tabernacle, Mixtup Swansea, GRAFT volunteers and Glynn Vivian community group participants.