To market

Of Time And The City’ at Galerie Simpson.

July 17th-September 5th 2015

An exhibition of new work from Catrin Saran James

Galerie Simpson presents Catrin Saran James’s first solo exhibition. It will show a new body of work re-imagining archival post war imagery of Swansea’s city centre through the medium of prints and live ‘Guerrilla Restoration’.
An exciting collaboration with Swansea Museum will see objects from their collections store on display in the gallery alongside Catrin’s work and will include the signage bricks from the sorely missed Weavers building. Many of these objects have never been on display before and will form a one of a kind exhibition at Galerie Simpson on High Street, Swansea.

Galerie Simpson are pleased to publish 8 new prints of Catrin’s work. One of these is a limited edition linen tea towel of ‘To Market’ and available to buy now from the Galerie Simpson online shop below alongside seven other prints of new work. >>

The gallery will serve as both a normal exhibition space for Catrin’s newly commissioned, limited edition prints published by Galerie Simpson and a residency space where Catrin will be running workshops. The exhibition offers the audience the opportunity to see their city in a different light, capturing unfamiliar details of the post war architecture which dominates so many British towns and cities today.

Image by Galerie Simpson
Image by Galerie Simpson

Daily events include never seen in public before archive films of Swansea’s redevelopment in the 1950s and 1960s exclusively from the West Glamorgan Archives Service.

Growing up in 1980s Swansea, Catrin would find beauty in the post war municipal and civic buildings of the town. Shop front fonts, graphic coloured tiles, repetitious railings, forgotten door handles, concrete flowerpots, clocks and colourful Formica tables. Catrin observed these details from a young age as she frequented the many cafes and milk bars with her mother for egg and chips on a Saturday.


Catrin’s past work includes performing ‘Guerilla Restoration’ on neglected architectural design features found on many of the post war buildings in Swansea.

Image by Galerie Simpson
Image by Galerie Simpson

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