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BBC Cymru Wales seeks artist for special "Grav" commission

Ray Gravell

BBC Cymru Wales is searching for an artist to create a permanent tribute to the late broadcaster Ray Gravell.

The commission is to create a portrait sculpture in memory of the accomplished rugby player from Mynydd-y-Garreg who became a familiar and much-loved presenter on BBC Wales services.

The search for the artist is being launched in partnership with Safle, the Wales-based independent public art consultancy and one of the largest public art organisations in the UK.

The final art work will sit alongside other figurative busts – including Carwyn James and Ryan Davies – in the reception area of BBC Wales in Cardiff, and will depict Ray Gravell in his role as broadcaster.

Ray Gravell was a regular commentator and pundit on BBC Wales radio and TV programmes, hosting his own BBC Radio Cymru programme Grav, as well as starring in a range of TV dramas.

As a rugby player Ray Gravell won 23 Welsh caps and a place in the British Lions squad which toured South Africa in 1980. He played for Llanelli from 1969 to 1985, was part of the Scarlets team which famously beat the All Blacks in 1972 and captained the team between 1980 and 1982.

Full details of the selection process are available on the Safle website at Shortlisted artists will be invited to make a presentation of previous work and discuss their experience and particular interest in this project.

Notes to Editors

Safle is an independent public arts consultancy formed in 2007 through the merger of CBAT – the Arts & Regeneration Agency and Cywaith Cymru Artworks Wales. As one of the largest public art organisations in the UK, Safle's mission is to promote, advocate, develop and implement art in the urban and rural public realm, throughout Wales and internationally.


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