We’re welcoming you back to our building with a landmark exhibition created by you. Experience this unique moment in history.
Having closed our doors in March 2020, we’re reopening with a bang, transforming our building into a large-scale art exhibition, with works of all shapes and sizes created by you – the local and national community.
During the first lockdown we invited people of all ages to share their stories and experiences during this challenging time through art.
Our call out captured the imagination of the nation, and we received hundreds of pieces that responded to lived experiences over the past year – from lockdown to Black Lives Matter, to reclaiming the environment and our hopes for the future.
Artworks were sent from all parts of Wales – from Pembrokeshire to Newport, Builth Wells to Caernarfon, and by artists aged 4 to 90 years old. The pieces include paintings, spoken word recordings, digital art, photography, installation, mixed media and film.
Conceived by our community team led by Senior Producer Gemma Hicks and visually curated by Brad Caleb Lee, Your Voice tells the story of 2020-21. It pays tribute to the challenges and looks with optimism to the future.
At the heart of the exhibition is a giant, four-storey crochet tree installation, embellished with crochet flowers, animals and poetry.
The tree seeks to represent us all, much like an ancestral or family tree, uplifting and inspiring as it grows on the stage of our Donald Gordon Theatre, placing the community at the centre of our work – right where it deserves to be.
Join us as we reopen our doors, immerse ourselves in the nation’s stories through art, and welcome a bright new future.
Running time: The free guided walking tour will last approximately 2 hours.
Age guidance: All ages are welcome to experience this unique exhibition but some galleries display content which may be upsetting to some; including themes of discrimination, identity, protest, and Covid. Artworks with sensitive subject matter, strong language and theatrical lighting will be clearly signposted.
Access: The exhibition covers 5 levels of the building all accessible via stairs or lift with rest points along the way for those who may need it. If you have access requirements and require use of the lift please let us know on arrival.
Entry: Please arrive at the doors overlooking the bay, next to our Teras bar and street food venue.
Good to know: We have a number of sound elements as part of the exhibition, please bring your own wired headphones or they will be available for £2.
We would like to thank Arts Council Wales, Welsh Government and Moondance Foundation whose funding made this exhibition possible.