Arts Council of Wales | Paul Emmanuel
Creative Wales Awards 2011/12

Paul Emmanuel

Visual Arts

Paul EmannuelSince graduating from Goldsmiths Paul has exhibited and worked widely both in the UK and internationally. He has been the British Council's International Resident Artist on two occasions and awarded Wales Arts International funding for projects in mainland China, Taiwan and the USA.

Amongst his most recent exhibitions are 'We have the mirrors, we have the plans...', Oriel Mostyn 'Fleece Painting' at Oriel Myrddin, 'Nothing Gold can Stay' and 'Manchester Contemporary' with Mermaid and Monster, 'Erotographomania' at CAST, Hobart, Tazmania and as part of the first 'Emergence' symposium at Chapter, Cardiff.

Paul’s work was profiled in Shanghai based arts magazine Soguide this year as part of his involvement with an international exchange programme, which will result in a major group exhibition at the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea.

Paul was awarded Welsh Artist of the Year 2011. His work is currently on show at the offices of Artes Mundi in Cardiff. This coming year he will be continuing his collaboration with Mermaid and Monster and showing with Neal Rock, in an exhibition curated by Sarah Gillett of the British Council at Goat Major, Cardiff.

Born in Maesteg, Paul now lives and works at Nantyffin in the Brecon Beacons.

Farm Shop

The Award will give Paul the opportunity to develop further his fleece painting along with the study, research and involvement in other processes of the annual work cycle of rural valley life. He aims to do this by establishing an experimental Farm Shop in the context of Andy Warhol’s The Factory. The Farm Shop will enable Paul to consider the role of the artist in a rural Welsh community.

Paul-emmanuel-cefn-coed-isafWhereas Warhol looked at art as a commodity in a consumer led system, he wishes to use Farm Shop as a site for the exchange of art as produce open to the community. It is in this context that ideas of ‘farming art’ through co-opted agricultural processes can be displayed, documented, catalogued and exchanged.

Paul’s artistic vision for this work is for Farm Shop to develop as a site where the boundaries between nature and culture become eroded and where the processes of this erosion are played out. Through experimentation with both traditional art and agricultural materials, with rural and cultural processes, the Farm Shop model will focus on the evolution of Paul’s own practice through open-ended research.

As Farm Shop is not a project in itself but an art form, a Creative Wales Award will allow its development internationally through Paul’s current international networks; it may be exported into any number of different contexts, urban or rural, gallery or off-site, and extend to look at intercultural equivalents at home and abroad.

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