Gordon Dalton is an artist and writer based in Cardiff.
With Cardiff Council proposing big cuts to the arts in the city, including Artes Mundi and Cardiff Contemporary, the Welsh capital’s cultural community has come together to make the case for continued funding.
An opportunity to exhibit artwork at the National Assembly for Wales has provoked a strong response from artists in the country, who argue it undermines the profession and makes a mockery of the Welsh Government’s ambitions for Wales’ creative sector.
A series of recently unveiled artworks commissioned for Cardiff Airport hope to improve its battered image and help promote tourism, business and the Welsh economy.
In the run up to Edinburgh Art Festival, Gordon Dalton speaks to some of the artists participating in this year’s tenth-anniversary edition, as well as Director Sorcha Carey about the impact of the publicly-sited commissions.
As the University of South Wales closes its BA Fine Art degree course for good, Gordon Dalton gets in a Newport state of mind as he visits the students’ final show and surveys the city’s battered and bruised cultural landscape.
A week after announcing the closure of Cardiff-based contemporary art agency Mermaid & Monster, its Director takes a close look at the art ecology of Wales and finds plenty to be concerned about.