Where? g39, Oxford Street, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF24 3DT
When? Tuesday 7 July 2015 – 9am to 1pm
The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is proud to announce the Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture National Symposium. The event, hosted by g39, will feature artists Daniel Baker and Shamus McPhee plus guests including Dr Ethel Brooks, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology at Rutgers University, US and a Tate-TrAIN Transnational Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Dr Colin Clark of The University of the West of Scotland and Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive of Arts Council of Wales. This varied range of speakers will engage the audience in conversation regarding the current state of GRT arts and their implications for wider society.
This unique event will take place in the context of the Gypsy Maker project; an exciting new RCAC venture that facilitates the development of innovative works by established and emerging GRT artists. The project aims to stimulate dialogue across communities about the ways in which art continues to inform our lives. For this inaugural presentation of the project the RCAC has commissioned exhibitions of new work by Daniel Baker, Romani Gypsy and Shamus Mc Phee, Scottish Traveller.
“The arts help us to express what’s distinctive and singular, but also what unites and binds us together. I look forward to exploring these and many other issues when we convene for the Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture National Symposium.” Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Wales
“We are very excited indeed to be working with the Romani Cultural & Arts Company. The Gypsy Maker Project makes a significant contribution to contemporary art discourse and its practice in the context of GRT communities. It’s an honour to be hosting such a high profile event at g39 and we are looking forward to a continuing partnership between the two organisations and their respective communities.” Chris Brown, co-director of the artist-led gallery g39.
The half-day symposium will be followed by a visit to Baker’s exhibition ‘Makeshifting: Structures of Mobility’ at Art Central, Barry. The private view of McPhee’s exhibition ‘Aspects of Gypsy Traveller Life’ will take place in the evening at The Riverfront, Newport.