C I V I C 

Mission Gallery (offsite)
4 October – 9 November 2014

CIVIC is intended as an interrogation of the city, an invitation to propose ideas and interventions for Cardiff. CIVIC welcomes all visitors to experiment with constructing and rebuilding their own cities using a variety of materials. Participating artists have devised a wealth of activity for families to help participants re-imagine the city, including workshops in drawing, shadow puppetry, wireframe sculpture, and much more too – including a Phonebox Disco!

Artists include Angela Maddock, Anna Barratt, Bella Kerr, JasonandBecky, Owen Griffiths,  Joan Jones, Jessica Hoad, Matthew Otten, Karen Tobin, Lucy Donald, Mandy Warner, Rhian Wyn Stone and Deirdre Finnerty.

Artist profile
Anna Barratt’s psycho geographical journeys with students and school groups use walking and drawing, resulting in a zine to occupy and respond to the city. Her work challenges possibilities and visual poetry, encouraging us to be active participants.

Bella Kerr considers an issue often voiced about the city – that of a front room/back stairs duality expressed in terms of locations, routes and the organization of built structures. Journeys between ‘landmark’/historical buildings and those that support or describe the city in other ways, in the company of artists, architects and others enables the work to cross-reference the questions ‘What is History?’ and ‘What is the role of Architecture?’.

JasonandBecky have created a soundscape, leading groups around Cardiff to experience the city as a reinvented place. They extend the participants sensory understanding through sound walks that investigate their perceptions of the city against a backdrop of popular culture.

Owen Griffiths has made an intervention into the city architecture, a social space as part of the CIVIC programme of events and collaborative actions with CIVIC and Cardiff colleagues. He has created a new response to be shown during the festival, forming part of an archive and creating a legacy.

Cardiff Story/Tourist Information, The Old Library, Trinity Street, CF10 1BH

Opening Times
11am – 5pm


Animating, Illustrating and Mapping the City

The CIVIC Base (Cardiff Story)
Saturday 4, 11, 18 October; Friday 24 October and Saturday 1 and 8 November 2014
11am – 5pm

Watch artist Matthew Otten develop a series of illustrations and drawings to create an ‘urban’ animation inspired by Cardiff and by observing people’s movements and how they move around the city. Visit Mission Gallery Swansea in December to see the outcomes of this work produced during his Cardiff Contemporary residency.

Phonebox Disco

Meet outside the CIVIC Base (Cardiff Story) for location to be revealed
Saturday 4 October 2014
Time to be revealed...

AE 101 Collective invite you to the latest ‘Phonebox Disco’ as experienced in Swansea and Neath. A great, red carpet experience, not to be missed!

CIVIC Artists ‘Walk & Talk’

Meet at the CIVIC Base (Cardiff Story)
Sunday 5 October 2014, 2pm

Opening weekend talk with Bella Kerr, Jason&Becky and Anna Barratt.


Meet at the CIVIC Base (Cardiff Story)
Tuesday 7 October 2014, 12pm – 3pm

Experimental sound interventions with Swansea based artist Jessica Hoad.

‘Home’: Jane Phillips Award Cardiff Contemporary Residency.

CIVIC Base (Cardiff Story)
Sunday 5, 12, 19, 26 October and Sunday 2 November 2014, 11am – 5pm

Karen Tobin is a graduate of UWTSD, Swansea and this year was recognised by the Jane Phillips Award for her degree show work. The Award is supporting Karen at Cardiff Contemporary, to create new work to be shown at Mission Gallery following this mini residency. Join Karen to discuss her work inspired by Cardiff and how the Jane Phillips Award is supporting emerging and early career artists across Wales.

‘Embodiment in the Urban Environment’.

CIVIC Base (Cardiff Story)
Friday 10 October and Friday 7 November 2014, 11am – 5pm

Mandy Warner explores the idea that a building or a City takes on life when being lived in or used and the parallels with embodiment in cloth. City requires attributes of cloth to make it successful. Mandy Warner is an artist and former public sector consultant, specialising in housing and urban policy. Join her on the following days to see and hear more from her unique perspective


Meet at the CIVIC Base (Cardiff Story)
Sunday 19 October 2014, 3pm

A powerful autobiographical street performance by Swansea based Artist and former Cardiff Resident, Joan Jones

Big Draw Week

20–25 October 2014
FREE Daily Drop in Workshops from 11am – 4pm
Materials provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

The Big City
Monday 20 October 2014
Join students from Cardiff Met, to create a large scale drawing of the City

Imaginative Cities
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Drawing Workshop with Lucy Donald

Drawing with Wire
Wednesday 22 October 2014
with Rhian Wyn Stone (A Welsh Language Event)

Drawing with Wool and Thread 
Thursday 23 October 2014
with Deirdre Finnerty

Making a Map of the City 
Friday 14 October 2014
Drawing Buildings with Matthew Otten

A Family Arts Festival Big Draw Drop in Workshop for Families
Saturday 25 October 2014

Imaginative Cities
Drawing Workshop with Lucy Donald

How do you see your city? Be inspired by the environment and the sights and sounds that we experience every day! Explore and share ideas whilst drawing and making individual and group artworks.

Tales from the Sea: Knitting a Gansey for Cardiff

The CIVIC Base (Cardiff Story)
Sunday 26 October 2014, 11am – 4pm

Earlier this year, artist Angela Maddock designed Mission Gallery in Swansea their very own knitting pattern and this October will work on one for Cardiff. They are fishermens’ ganseys to celebrate both cities connection with the sea and with each other.

All are welcome to come and help Angela knit. She needs help with reading the pattern and is also keen for you to share your tales of the sea. Bring along objects and photographs to contribute to her ongoing project and even knit a few stitches into this gansey for Cardiff. Some knitting needles and wool provided.

Half Term Week

27 – 31 October 2014 
FREE Daily Drop In Workshops From 11am – 4pm
Materials provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

City as Theme Park
with JasonandBecky
Monday 27 October 2014 
Create your own imaginative cities with CIVIC artists Jason and Becky. Use your senses to inspire your drawings, all based on what we see and hear in the environment around us. Participants will work on individual drawings that will contribute to an amazing, large group art work. 

Architectural Hats 
with Lucy Donald 
Tuesday 28 October 2014
Make Avant Garde hats which explore architectural forms through cutting and folding paper. A fun workshop where you can experiment with a range of different sculptural shapes. Finish off your hats by decorating, modelling and photographing your hats, before a short parade around the Hayes!

Cities in Glass 
with Deirdre Finnerty
Wednesday 29 October 2014 
Create a beautiful stained glass mobile based on your memories, inspiration and personal histories of Cardiff City. Hang it in the windows of the CIVIC space and your work will contribute to and form a part of the exhibition, as it moves towards its conclusion in Cardiff.

Wire Cities 
with Rhian Wyn Stone
Thursday October 30 (A Welsh Language Event)
Work with Rhian Wyn Stone, Maker and Mission Gallery Craft Space Manager, to create imaginative, sculptural cities using wire, taking inspiration from your favourite places in Cardiff City.

Spooky Stories of Cardiff 
with Lucy Donald
Friday 31 October 2014
Make moving shadow puppets in this Halloween themed workshop based on ghost stories and myths about Cardiff with Mission Gallery’s Learning and Participation Officer.

An Exploration of Narrative and Place: Walk and Talk

with artist Sarah Rhys and curator Sarah Pace
in partnership with Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru and Cardiff Community Housing Association.

Meet at The CIVIC Base (Cardiff Story)
Sunday 2 November 2014, 2 – 5pm

David Martin, a Hungarian-Jewish writer and author of the novel Tiger Bay (1946), played an instrumental role in introducing the Polish-Jewish émigré artist Josef Herman to Wales. Herman decided to stay, living in Ystradgynlais from 1944 to 1955. Using this link as a starting point, the event draws on archival and contemporary material to excavate connections between Tiger Bay, Ystradgynlais and the life, work and times of Josef Herman.

Exploring existing stories and mapping new narratives, the walk culminates in a film screening at the CMC@Loudoun Square, Plas Iona, Butetown, Cardiff CF10 5HW.