Bluecoat: Sean Edwards ‘Undo Things Done’

Bluecoat: Sean Edwards 'Undo Things Done' Bluecoat: Sean Edwards ‘Undo Things Done’


Venue: Bluecoat
Dates: 05/12/2020 - 28/02/2021
Times: 11:00 - 18:00


Sean Edwards ‘Undo Things Done’

  • Sat, 05 Dec 2020 – Sun, 28 Feb 2021
  • 11.00 AM – 6.00 PM

Undo Things Done, a poetic inquiry into place, politics and class intertwined with personal histories, takes as its starting point Sean Edwards’ experience of growing up on a council estate in Cardiff in the 1980s.

The artist captures and translates what he calls a condition of ‘not expecting much’ into a shared visual language; one that evokes a way of living familiar to a great number of people.

Edwards’ emotionally resonant body of work – film, sculptures, prints and Welsh quilts – was produced for Wales in Venice on the occasion of the 2019 Venice Biennale and guest curated by our Head of Programme Marie-Anne McQuay. As a project partner we’re thrilled to bring the exhibition here to Liverpool as the artist evolves the work and its concerns.

Elements of the Venice show will span Bluecoat’s four gallery spaces interwoven with new and older works that resonate with the same sense of autobiography found in Undo Things Done. These include Maelfa, 2010 a film shot by the artist in the 1970s shopping centre of the Llanedeyrn estate where Edwards grew up and which provides the precursor to Undo Things Done nearly a decade later.

Exhibition Launch 

Fri 4 Dec, 6-9pm


More about the artist 

Sean Edwards was born in Cardiff in 1980. Having studied MA in sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art the artist returned to Wales in 2005 where he has since contributed to the development of the Welsh artistic landscape through his own artistic practice and supporting the development of emerging artists via artist-led space g39 and now as lecturer in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University. Edwards has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally including Spike Island, Bristol; Chapter, Cardiff and Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany. In 2019 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale.

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