BayArt – artist-led at its heart
BayArt is artist-led at its heart, embedded within a beautiful, intimate, creative space in one of Cardiff Bay’s busy streets. Butetown Artists occupy 16 studios above the gallery, along with a studio flat suitable as an artist residency/research space. BayArt gallery exists to support fine art practice, through offering a platform for exhibitions to a range of emerging and mid career artists, from Wales and further afield. BayArt also offers interpretation of its exhibitions for a range of different audiences through artists talks, seminars and workshops. Key to every show is the invitation to schools to work with the gallery on projects to develop children’s and teacher’s understanding of contemporary art. The approach is one of inclusivity and accessibility, seeing the gallery as a creative space, in which art can be experienced and explored. We are a gallery that is artist owned and artist led. Our exhibition and educational programme involves artists as creators, curators, interpreters and ideas led instigators. The idea and fact of art is at the heart of everything we do.
The building houses a well-equipped studio/flat that is intended to facilitate international residencies and reciprocal exchanges with Welsh artists. It is self-contained with separate entrance and has good living facilities with a large balcony that has excellent views of the Bay area. The studio is a modest size but functional with good light.
To date, it has hosted artists from Indonesia (courtesy of Visiting Arts), U.S.A., Holland, Australia and Spain. Of the many artists staying there, Merlin James benefitted from a long stay, subsequently exhibiting at BayArt as well as representing Wales at the Venice Biennale. The flat is occupied for the whole of 2015/16.
The studio artists are a relatively high profile group within the Welsh context. They exhibit nationally and internationally, some winning prestigious awards and several representing Wales on an international stage. To find out more click on Butetown Artists profiles