Cymru Yfory / Change and Place 2050

Cymry Yfory or Wales Tomorrow is the working title for an exhibition to open in June 2020. Alongside this working title I have written a concept on change and place in the year 2050 that we will develop in the next 9 months as the key concept to this exhibtion. I am happy to share with you that I am the invited artist to do all of this together with a wonderful team set up by St. Fagan’s National Museum of History.

Repeatedly I have been saying that the question posed in the original call for artists makes it such a great challenge to be invited and work with St. Fagan’s National Museum of History on the best possible answer to this question. As art has changed in recent years from a work to be done in a workshop to work to be performed as a process of education, mapping and assembling and work to be done in a workshop. This project reflects that development hugely. I will not only try to create a project that looks like a wonderful cross-over between the old and the new but also, together with the young heritage leaders, students and young artists, be as foolish as we can be to be great clairvoyants and poets. With the exhibition, which might also feel like you are in an opera on stage, we will clairvoyantly say that maybe we turn our backs to the immense universe around us and look at Earth and say: “good health to you now and forever” (as can also be heard, in the Welsh language, on that golden disc on Voyager 1 drifting of somewhere in space).

Once in a while I will highlight some of the ideas we are working on. For now I share with you a little on the ideas of the exhibition as they are continuously developing: ‘The kinetic and first chapter of the exhibition focuses on the site from which ‘the women for life on earth’ on the 27th of august 1981 left to walk to Greenhamcommon to protest against the nuclear arms race. This story is well documented in the Glamorgan Archives. This chapter will also speak of a patriarchal Wales Tomorrow exhibition in 1969, a Welsh flag that went into space, the Banc Tynndol Sun disc, lead mines, resources, and a “good health to you now and forever”.