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‘Adain Avion’ mobile arts space lands in Llandudno

Photo by Marc Rees

On Sunday July 8th the fuselage of a DC aeroplane landed on the promenade in Llandudno, the third destination of the wingless plane’s “flight” around Wales, having previously nested in Swansea and Ebbw Vale, it will reach its final destination in August when it comes into land at the National Eisteddfod of Wales which in 2012 occupies a former airfield in Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan.

The wreckage of the DC-9 plane was discovered by Spanish sculptor and designer Eduardo Cajal in a scrapyard, having crashed with no fatalities, Cajal decided to transform the fuselage into a mobile arts space, his artist/architect led collective Trashumante finally unveiled Avion at the international art fair ARCO in Madrid. In 2009 Marc Rees was selected to represent Wales in the UK-wide project Artists Taking the Lead as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. His winning proposal was to bring Avion from its home in Huesca, northern Spain to travel around Wales. Rees acting as the planes Captain became the temporary custodian of this extraordinary sculptural object, celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its conception with an international cultural exchange titled “Adain Avion”.

Photo by Philip Andrews

Alongside “Captain” Marc Rees were 6 Stewardesses – The AAA Troupe [Adain Avion Attendants] played beautifully by ‘Kitsch ‘n Sync Collective‘ and decked out in dresses designed by Melyn Tregwynt  they performed routines around the plane, town and Mostyn Gallery creating a homage to the town’s theatrical entrepreneur Will Catlin who hired Pierrot groups and strategically placed them about town to publicise his shows. Will Catlin’s daughter Margot worked with dancer and choreographer Cai Tomos to develop a performance which took place on the site where Will once built her a roller skating rink.

Local Artists Nick Elphick, Tim Pugh and Wendy Couling staged exhibitions and workshops within the plane, and artists selected from the Helfa Gelf Open Studios Arts Trail took part in a sound and video installation. Aeroplane related films played on screens inside the fuselage and each morning the plane hosted a different fitness class.

The events, exhibitions and performances where all recorded and along with the footage from previous destinations will be edited to produce the planes ‘blackbox’ which will be presented by Marc Rees to the National History Museum at St.Fagans, Cardiff, where it will be archived in the Contemporary Folk Archive.

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By @badgemakesart

Area: Wales
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About Barry Morris [Badge]

I'm a painter, print maker and draughtsman. I was christened 'Badge' back in school of reasons unknown and I adopted it as an alias for my artwork when I started college. My Mother tends to call me by my real name: Barry Morris. I’ve always had trouble sleeping and as a child I was plagued by nightmares. Insomnia has led to an inability to tell dream and reality apart. As I got older the nightmares stopped but the insomnia didn’t. I find myself constantly thinking and unable to switch off. My work is driven by a compulsion to draw and an attempt to recreate the contents of my head and try to make sense of it. I mix my own personal memories, experiences and fears together with visions from my nightmares, images culled from popular culture, music, literature, and my current obsessions, theories and ideas. Anatomy and Fear are two of my biggest inspirations; my fascination with them manifests itself in the vast majority of my work.

One comment on “‘Adain Avion’ mobile arts space lands in Llandudno

  1. emma lloyd
    24/07/2012

    Have you tried meditation?

    Are you travelling to Tregaron as my studio is on the square.

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