Owen Griffiths – Artist At Work
Owen Griffiths is the latest in our program of professional artists that use the gallery as their studio. Owen will use the space to explore alternative ways of mapping. In the gallery, he will be drawing large-scale works that connect to the wider mapping theme of Owen’s practice. This 3 week residency prepares the ground for a future large scale workshop and continued conversation later in the year.
Owen Griffiths’ social practice and research is connected to land use, urbanism, community food systems and ideas of challenging normative urban design practices. Developing democratic and equitable processes is central to his work with people and communities. He sees community land projects and alternative models of ownership as vital in our work to re-imagine the future of our cities and environments.
Griffiths studied for his MFA with Nils Norman at the radical alternative pedagogic space The School of Walls and Space at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.
He is a Creative Wales Ambassador to the Arts Council of Wales and a British Council USA Fellow, both of which have enabled him to research land use and community growing networks across USA and Europe.
Griffiths has worked with Cultural Olympiad Wales, Common Ground, National Museum Wales, Gentle/Radical, Artes Mundi, Swansea Asylum Seekers Group, Trevallis Homes, Valleys Kids, British Council USA, Natural Resources Wales, National Trust, PEAK Cymru, HMP Prisons Services, Arts Council Wales, Social Sculpture Research Unit, Engage Cymru, Design Commission for Wales, Wales Arts International.
Griffiths also works as a consultant and as a workshop leader/facilitator for culture/heritage organisations across the UK.
He is a member of Scandinavian based research collectives ATB and Office in Bed.