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flora opening 23 May 2015

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Opening event: Saturday 23 May, 5-8pm with artist talks Ori Gersht, Jacques Nimki, Clare Twomey 5-6pm. Opened by Louise Wright Portfolio Manager of Visual Arts at Arts Council of Wales.

As the iconic Chelsea Flower Show comes to a close Oriel Davies launches flora, a spectacular contemporary art exhibition and tour bringing together work by nine national and international artists that reveal flowers as powerful commentators in art.

The Roman goddess of flowers, ‘Flora’ depicted the season of Spring, her name deriving from the Latin word ‘flos’ for flower.

The visually stunning exhibition takes place this Spring presenting new and existing work by nine key artists; Emma Bennett, Michael Boffey, Anya Gallaccio, Ori Gersht, Owen Griffiths, Anne-Mie Melis, Jacques Nimki, Yoshihiro Suda, Clare Twomey. These artists offer ways in which flowers make visible cultural, historical, geographic, social and scientific ideas.

flora offers distinct ideas to bring compelling re-interpretations, critical thinking and a refreshed perspective on the subject of the representation of flowers in art. The exhibiting works range from exquisite sculptural forms, echoing the precariousness of life, to highly complex drawings that consider the influence of technology on nature. Stunning paintings and photographs reflect both peace and destruction alongside desire and unattainability, whilst site-based grown work explores how living flowers and green spaces might act as sites for social change.

Three major new flora commissions launch at Oriel Davies. New work by Owen Griffiths (based in Swansea and Copenhagen), Jacques Nimki (London) and Clare Twomey (London) will be shown both in and outside of the gallery space. A further commission by Anne-Mie Melis (Pontypridd) will take place next year at Oriel Myrddin.

Throughout 2015-2016 flora will tour across Wales to Oriel Myrddin in Carmarthen, 19 September – 31 October 2015 and Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, near Pwllheli and Aberystwyth Arts Centre during 2016

A call for two unique artist residencies will be launched in May 2015, to take place at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Autumn 2015 and Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbrân in Spring 2016.

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