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Swansea artists help ignite new city centre exhibition

Leap of Faith - The Barn Owl by Phillippa Walter

Swansea-based Phillippa Walter and Leila Bebb are among the artists starring in a touring exhibition that’s just arrived in the city centre.

They’re showcased at Swansea Council’s Glynn Vivian Art Gallery alongside other talented Welsh artists.

They come together in the Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) Arts Prize exhibition Aildanio (reignite) that runs at the free-entry gallery until November 5.

Phillippa, a printmaker who lives in Gower and is inspired by people and the natural world, said: “I’m delighted that this travelling exhibition is now in Swansea city centre. It’s been really well received in other Welsh locations over the past 10 months and I hope people in my home area are enjoying it.”

Leila, a Swansea-based visual artist, dancer and writer whose work was selected by the Art Prize judges as highly commended, said: “For the exhibition I made a textile hanging piece entitled Spindle. It’s great to be a part of Aildanio and have my work seen by such a big audience – and to be able to run a textiles workshop at Glynn Vivian.”

Leila Bebb

Council cabinet member Elliott King said: “It’s great to see Phillippa and Leila among such good company. This show is another top quality attraction at the Glynn Vivian and many people are enjoying it.”

Disability Arts Cymru visual arts officer Alan Whitfield said: “The exhibition highlights a wide range of wonderful artworks from members of Disability Arts Cymru (DAC).

“Working alongside DAC, Glynn Vivian have given a valuable platform to often marginalised artists to show their work, and the DAC Art Prize is a wonderful opportunity to experience cutting edge and thought provoking visual artwork from some of Wales’ best artists.”

Aildanio is funded by Arts Council Wales and features 25 pieces of work by disabled and/or deaf Wales-based artists.

The works were selected from more than 100 submissions of creative responses to a reignite moment.

The Glynn Vivian is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-4.30pm.

Disability Arts Cymru, the national disability arts organisation of Wales, is celebrating 40 years of promoting equality for disabled and/or deaf people in the arts. It works to promote equality across the country.

DAC supports more than 300 artist members to create and share work and access opportunities throughout their creative journey.

They also welcome non-disabled members who are not artists but who are interested in supporting the organisation’s work