Was devised in July 2018, by Jane Simpson to try and address a few things she had observed as an artist living back home in Swansea. She wanted to link artists. London felt a long way away and the desire to link her home town with the other end of the M4 was strong. She readily admits that in her time in London she had little knowledge of the art world beyond the M25, and now has a strong desire to tackle this and showcase as much of the Wales based talent she has encountered.
Extremely aware that conversation between artists seemed to slightly halt after college, the project intentions were to create a situation in which conversation could happen, possibly with some shyness at first… The artists were asked to exchange studio visits, the chat recorded, and from that a final event or ‘result’ created. Casually described as an artist match making arrangement, the partners were very carefully thought out and have been such a success that we are a bit nervous about the new partner groups (currently being devised in consultation with the original four artists). In some cases a filmed conversation event after the studio visits felt the appropriate thing, Tim Davies and Simon Periton’s easy meandering journey around studio practice, working in the public realm, focused on their solo projects at GS Artists. Fiona Banners and Craig Woods engaging studio conversations took on a life of its own via cake, dogs, sea, Dylan Thomas, and are transcribed in the most accurate way that they could be, with some small omissions at the artists discretion. What is missing is the laughter, but the cheek, good will, humour and amazing insights are not.
GS Artists would like to thank the artists wholeheartedly for their commitment, and faith shown in this project, and we hope you gain as much from it as we do.