Established by artists Chris Brown and Anthony Shapland in 1998, g39 is the leading artist-led organisation for contemporary art in Wales. Part gallery, part community and part resource, it’s a welcoming space for audiences to experience Wales’ most exciting and relevant contemporary art.
After a major relocation in November 2011, g39 is now happily nestled in Oxford Street, off City Road. The first exhibition in its expansive new premises, The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp, brings together work from thirteen Welsh and Wales based artists at various stages of their career.
The exhibition looks at two different approaches to pursuing our goals – whether we focus our ambitions at home or further afield. It features those artists who embed themselves in a locality or scene and those who adopt the position of a romantic ‘Littlest Hobo’ outsider, their nomadic practice embracing globalisation and increasing inter-national homogeneity. Artists include S Mark Gubb, Rachel Calder, Paul Emmanuel, Matthews and Allen, Peter Finnemore, Paul R Jones, Rebecca Gould, David Shepherd, Huw Andrews, Owen Martell & Simon Proffitt, Bedwyr Williams and Cerith Wyn Evans.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Unit#1, a new rolling programme of exhibitions and projects will present new and recent work from three artists throughout the duration of The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp. The next installment of Unit#1 by Huw Andrews (11 – 24 Aug) previews on Fri 10 Aug 6-9pm, all welcome.
A new programme of Artist Talks is also in full swing, forthcoming talks include current exhibitor Peter Finnemore (2 August 6.30pm). All talks are free to attend, however booking is often recommended. To book your place please email sean[at]g39[dot]org or call us on (029) 2047 3633.
For more information on g39’s exhibitions and Artist Talks programme please go to our website.
g39 also undertakes significant work in providing information and advice to emerging visual artists all over Wales. Through the Wales Artist Resource Programme (WARP), g39 runs a programme of training, seminars and individual sessions from a dedicated resource space as well as various external venues. An ongoing programme of one-to-one sessions give artists the opportunity to talk about their practice with gallery staff with vast collective experience in tackling the many hurdles (many often unexpected hurdles) that face contemporary artists today, whether it be for personal endeavours or projects that facilitate for other artists.
For more information on WARP go to www.g39.org/warp/