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Bedwyr Williams

New artist commission: Bedwyr Williams

16 April 2018

To celebrate 150 years of opening to the public, RAMM has commissioned new work from one of Britain’s most talented contemporary artists: the internationally-acclaimed Bedwyr Williams. His art work will be on public view from 21 July 2018 to April 2019.

About Bedwyr Williams

Bedwyr Williams is an artist, sculptor, writer, film-maker and stand-up comic. He studied at London’s Central St Martin’s School of Art and, since graduating, he has exhibited his work widely across Britain and Europe. In 2013 he represented Wales at the 55th Venice Biennale and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Artes Mundi’ International Art Prize.

Bedwyr at RAMM

Bringing his renowned surreal sense of humour to bear, Bedwyr will populate the Queen Street foyer of the museum with an array of human faces all found on artefacts in RAMM’s collections. Bedwyr will also be creating a video of the faces, set within the context of Exeter and the museum’s history.

Bedwyr Williams said, “Being in the museum made me think about the human gaze. I like the idea that after decades of being examined in glass showcases, the objects will have a chance to get their own back by studying the visitors.”

Members of the public can get involved by entering a competition that will see their own object featuring a human face displayed within the artwork.

Councillor Rachel Sutton, Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture, Exeter City Council, said, “We are thrilled to be working with Bedwyr. RAMM is a unique space and it will be fascinating to see how the foyer will be transformed by this work of art. It is wonderful to mark the museum’s 150th anniversary with such a theatrical statement.”

ACE: making it possible

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England (ACE), said: “We’re delighted to have increased our investment in RAMM for 2018-22. The museum is a flagship organisation for Exeter and the additional investment will support their ambitions to develop a visual arts programme, using their collections creatively to engage more people in arts and culture. It is exciting to see RAMM working with an artist of Bedwyr’s stature for their 150th anniversary and we look forward to seeing how this collaboration will bring contemporary art into their museum spaces.”

More about Bedwyr Williams

Bedwyr works in various media including performance, video, sculpture and text, frequently exploring the friction between the deadly serious and banal aspects of modern life. His practice often satirises the role of the artist and curator by placing them in absurd scenarios. Frequently drawing from his life experiences, Bedwyr’s work offers a critique of our everyday world, while celebrating the obscure.

Meet the artist

On 26 September, Bedwyr will be talking about the inspiration behind this commission, his life and work and how he set about creating an artwork to celebrate RAMM’s 150th anniversary.

Enter the competition

Members of the public are invited to enter a competition to add a face of their choice into the art work. It must be a human face featured on an object or item in their home which would be available to be photographed at RAMM.  The competition will run until 31 May and Bedwyr will select the winning face. For more information, visit the RAMM website: Face-off Competition.

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