Bedwyr Williams

Bedwyr Williams profiled in New York

Bedwyr Williams profiled in New York

This year, for the first time, Welsh visual artist Bedwyr Williams will perform at Performa – The New Visual Art Performance Biennial.

In November, Performa 11 will hit New York City with an avalanche of performance art events put together by more than 100 artists. With an international crew of headliners the performance biennial brings diversity to the fore, experimenting across media, formats, and venues in a wide-ranging exploration of the boundaries of the live-wire medium.

Bedwyr will perform at Performa Ha! on 6 & 13 November which will be evenings of performances that will explore the crossover between conceptual art and stand-up comedy.

Speaking of his selection, Bedwyr said:

"Performa is a fantastic event to be part of. Being able to perform my work in New York is something I have wanted to do for some time."

Bedwyr recently won the Gold Medal for Fine Art at this year’s National Eisteddfod as well as the People’s choice and Ivor Davies Prize. He is represented by Ceri Hand Gallery and has previously represented Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art. His work includes stand-up comedy, sculpture and painting, posters and photography. He draws on his own experiences and his take on the world is simultaneously satirical and deadly serious. He reveals both his and our own complex neurosis and idiosyncrasies. He makes work relevant to a sense of place and belonging but simultaneously refuses to be compromised or pigeon-holed by provincial tastes or stereotypes.

Eluned Haf, Director of Wales Arts International is delighted to be able to support Bedwyr’s contribution, and she adds:

"Supporting Bedwyr's involvement in this significant event provides such opportunity for one of our well-established visual artist from North Wales to be represented at a world class event. This being such an exciting time for Bedwyr to flourish internationally."

Performa is a non-profit interdisciplinary arts organisation and is a distinctive biennial for the vast array of high calibre performance by visual artists from around the world. A biennial dedicated to performance will provide audiences with a highly selected overview of the most outstanding work and will, at the same time, show the relevance of live art as an innovative and important contemporary form. The biennale will ignite a new performance scene in New York, inspiring both emerging and established artists to consider new dimensions for live performance.

Bedwyr Williams visit to New York is supported by Wales Arts International.

03/11/2011

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