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Artist Owen Griffiths talks about Vetch Veg project

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 15:55 UK time, Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Artist Owen Griffiths will give a talk this Friday lunchtime about his involvement in turning the disused Vetch Field into a socially engaged artwork, which forms part of the Cultural Olympiad in Wales.

Once the home ground of Swansea City Football Club, the Vetch in the Sandfields area of the city became redundant as the Swans moved on to their newer, shinier abode, the Liberty Stadium, in 2005. Over the last six months Griffiths has been working with the local community to create an 'urban utopia' on this site following the demolition of the old stadium.

The result is the Vetch Veg project. A portion of the old Vetch site has been turned into temporary vegetable patches and the local community has worked together over the last few months to develop the plots, tend winter crops and generally maintain the space.

Here are some before and after photos to give you a taste of what's been created on the site of the old football ground:

The old Vetch Field

The old Vetch Field before the project started

The Vetch Veg project, Sandfields

The Vetch Veg project, Sandfields

Billed as a 'participatory and interdisciplinary social artwork', this community project is in association with Adain Avion - an exciting mobile art space created from the fuselage of a DC-9 aeroplane, which will make various stops across Wales this summer in the run up to the Olympics.

Find out more about Adain Avion, which is Wales' Artists Taking The Lead commission led by Welsh artist Marc Rees, a UK-wide project part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The Vetch Veg project will run for 12 months in total, and will have a grand finale with a flower and produce show plus a communal culinary celebration that will take place in June around Avion's nesting site in front of the National Waterfront Museum.

Griffiths works both individually as an artist and collaboratively with fellow Swansea artist Fern Thomas in the collective Supersaurus.

He will give the talk, which has been organised by the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, on Friday 27 January at 1pm at the YMCA on the Kingsway.

The Vetch Veg project is managed by Taliesin Arts Centre in partnership with Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Environmental Forum and the City and County of Swansea.

For more about Gylnn Vivian's programme of events visit www.glynnviviangallery.org.



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