Project Brief ( click to download)
Power in the Land brings together a dynamic, diverse and multi-talented group of 10 artists known as X-10. They are engaged through their collective art practice with issues relating to nuclear energy and the land. Work will come to fruition just as the last nuclear power station in Wales, Wylfa in Anglesey, shuts down at the end of 2015. X-10 aim to present works in video, sound, performance, installation as well as in graphic and photographic forms. There will be a publication and a website as well as a series of public engagement events as an integral part of the project.
The 10 artists have been chosen for their exhibiting experience, their creativity and their willingness to explore beyond the obvious, to experiment and to engage in creative dialogue with each other and with the wider world. They have been working together on the site and responding to the physical, material and energetic presence of the power station as well as locating it within the landscape, the social community and historical time. Researching, recording and working together, their interactions with each other will stimulate the work as each artist attempts to come to grips with the conundrums of nuclear power.
The Research and Development stage of this project has been grant aided by Arts Council Wales. This has enabled the artists to make four weekend site visits including a visit inside the working nuclear power station. Variously they have been meeting with power station engineers, local residents, scientists, writers and archeologists and exploring archives and collections. They have already attracted considerable media interest in their work. X-10 now has a collective online blog and the artists have built the trust and creative partnerships amongst themselves necessary to sustain a project of this ambition and scope.
The work will be previewed at an event in Modern Art Oxford on December 6th 2015 which will combine video screenings with talks and discussion. The exhibition schedule will start with a research and archive based show in the county museum from Jan vary to July 2016. X-10’s main contemporary art show will open in Feb 2016 at Oriel Davies, Newtown and the work will show next at Aberystwyth University Arts Centre. It is hoped that he work will then travel to Lancaster in Oct 2016, for a show that will have been part generated within England through dialogue and interaction with the campus, academics and art students, and with reference to Heysham Nuclear Power station, a process which formally began with an event in the Peter Scott Gallery in May 2015. The work will then travel to Bayart, Cardiff.