About the show
Cardiff / Venice / Broadcast / Wrexham / Liverpool May 2019 - Summer 2021
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
May 2019 – March 2021
2pm, daily, until 24 November 2019
Broadcast live at the Venice Biennale, Italy
4pm, 17 December, 2019
BBC Radio 4
29 February – 25 April 2020
Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham
5 December 2020 – 28 February 2021
Created by Sean Edwards
Refrain is a new radio play, performed daily by Sean’s mother. It was broadcast live from her home in Cardiff into Sean’s exhibition at the prestigious Venice Biennale, and on BBC Radio 4 at 4pm, Tuesday 17 December, 2019.
This new work formed 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.
With thanks to the Art Fund and Colwinston Charitable Trust.
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.