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BayArt Gallery

South East Wales

BayArt Gallery

54 b/c Bute Street
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF10 5AF
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Butetown Artists are a non profit making company that runs a studio building and the BayArt gallery. BayArt is artist-led at its heart, embedded within a beautiful, intimate, creative space in one of Cardiff Bay’s busy streets. Butetown Artists occupy 16 studios above the gallery, along with a studio flat suitable as an artist residency/research space.  BayArt gallery exists to support fine art practice, through offering a platform for exhibitions to a range of emerging and mid career artists, from Wales and further afield.  BayArt also offers interpretation of its exhibitions for a range of different audiences through artists talks, seminars and workshops. Key to every show is the invitation to schools to work with the gallery on projects to develop children’s and teacher’s understanding of contemporary art. The approach is one of inclusivity and accessibility, seeing the gallery as a creative space, in which art can be experienced and explored.

HISTORY

In Cardiff during the mid 1970s there were a number of studio buildings in old rundown warehouses around the city. During this time 6 artists formed The Association of Artists and Designers in Wales (AADW). Later on several early AADW members had studios in the Bute St building. This building became very dilapidated by the early 1990s, so studio members from the building formed a group known as Butetown Artists, to find a way of restoring the building. In 1997 this group re-constituted as a company limited by guarantee, aiming to establish secure and affordable working spaces for its members and also to investigate the potential of the building to exhibit art to the public.  

In that same year, the company initiated the capital project that would eventually repair and refurbish 54b/c Bute Street, a Grade 2 listed building which was, at that time, in a severe state of disrepair. This project, which totalled £1,052,660, was finally completed in 2002. Funding was received from primarily the ACW Lottery Fund, with other contributions coming from Cardiff City Council, CADW, Foundation for Sports and the Arts and the now disbanded Cardiff Bay Development Corporation. 

The building now remains an asset in perpetuity for both the company and also as an arts facility for the city of Cardiff. 

 

 



Past and Present. Terry Setch Paintings

Past and Present. Terry Setch Paintings

Martin Holman has described the beach in Setch’s work as being ”the Nevil Shute - like emblem of civilisations final refuge from nuclear or ecological catastrophe"

BayArt Gallery (31 Mar 17 - 28 Apr 17)