About the Show
A new production by artist Sean Edwards, co-produced in partnership with National Theatre Wales & Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham, for Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice 2019
Broadcast live at the Venice Biennale, Italy
Created by Sean Edwards
Refrain is a new radio play, performed daily by Sean’s mother. It will be broadcast live from her home in Cardiff into Sean’s exhibition at the prestigious Venice Biennale.
The play is a poetic enquiry into place, social history and class, intertwined with the artist’s own personal history which will be presented alongside a series of interrelated works – sculptures, film, prints and quilts.
In November 2019, National Theatre Wales will present a version of Refrain at Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham. The full Venice Biennale exhibition will then tour back to the UK, appearing at Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham in the spring of 2020, before moving on to Bluecoat, Liverpool in winter 2020.
This new work will form a key element of Edwards’ solo presentation for Wales in Venice 2019, commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales and led by Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham.
The tour of Refrain and Wales in Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice exhibition is supported by Art Fund.
More details of the Wrexham exhibition and performances will be announced soon
About Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice
Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice
The Venice Biennale is the largest and most prestigious visual arts exhibition in the world. As its name suggests, it is hosted every two years in Venice, Italy. Wales’ contribution to the Biennale is curated by Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice, which is commissioned and managed by the Arts Council of Wales with support and collaboration from the Welsh Government and British Council.
It has represented the best in contemporary art from Wales in Venice since 2003.
Refrain – About
Refrain, a new radio play by artist Sean Edwards forms a key element of Edwards’ solo presentation for Wales in Venice 2019 – a Collateral Event for the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales and led by Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham.
Sean Edwards’ wider project is a poetic inquiry into place, politics and class, intertwined with personal histories.He takes as a starting point his experience of growing up on a council estate in Cardiff in the 1980s. He is interested in capturing and translating what he calls a condition of ‘not expecting much’ into a shared visual and textual language; evoking a way of living that is familiar to a great number of people; a way of making do and getting by.