Thomas Williams

Thomas Williams

I have a background in traditional relief printmaking and, since moving to Cardiff in 2013, I have been working to expand the range of tools available to me.

Whilst collaborating during an Arts Council of Wales / WelshWater Elan Valley residency - and as part of the Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice Invigilator Plus programme in 2015 - I started to take writing seriously as part of my artistic practice. I performed during the Experimentica live art festival 2015, at the Polari Literary Salon in Chapter Theatre and as part of one of the Perspectives/Canfyddiadau events at Elan Valley.  

Conversations in Venice in 2015 resulted in my leading on a project with g39 and The Trinity Centre (both in Cardiff) – my entry into socially engaged practice! Just Between Us included an English class for Refugees/Asylum seekers, including a found poetry workshop with Jeremy Dixon (Hazard Press) and my animated, projected text piece, and accompanying publication, exhibited in the Unit(e) Space.

This Spring, I successfully applied for one of the (NOT) In Residence opportunities at ArcadeCardiff and am thinking about ways to make images, text and performance for use in both physical and virtual environments.

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In Venice, the opportunity to discuss impressions, opinions and practices with people from all over the world, while being exposed to some of the best contemporary, and greatest historical art is, in itself, a creative process.

Visits made, in 2015, to the Scuola di San Giorgio and the Scrovegni Chapel continue to influence my thinking about narrative and image making. This year, I will explore ways of linking my images and texts, spending more time with Giotto and Carpaccio's two painting series, at the Accademia and the Scuola di San Giorgio, translating my responses into new work. Also in Venice, I will allow time to wander, explore and discover the unexpected.

Back in Cardiff, I want to use material gathered in Venice to look further into the idea of presenting work in book form, placing image and text on an equal footing.