Notes from Wales Issue 1: Autumn 2014 - Page 3

Welcome The thriving art scene in Wales Sheila McGregor Director, Axisweb About Axisweb > It’s a good moment to launch a new digital publication about contemporary art in Wales. Cardiff Contemporary, the first ever citywide festival of contemporary art, is already underway. And Artes Mundi, the UK’s biggest art prize, opens its doors to the public on 24 October. Just as significant, however, are the myriad galleries, studios and project spaces across Wales that nurture artists and makers all year round, giving them a vital opportunity to show new work and widen their influence. In this publication we highlight these and many other developments, so as to give readers in the rest of the UK and far beyond - special insight into a contemporary art scene that has never felt more exciting and cohesive. Our thanks go to Arts Council Wales for the project funding that has made this possible. Digital platforms transcend the usual limitations of time and place, connecting artists with audiences in ways we couldn’t have imagined even 15 years ago. It’s a continually fascinating place to be. Join Axisweb > We support contemporary art in the UK by giving artists and art professionals a platform to showcase their work, find work opportunities, stay informed and make useful connections. • Showcase and promote your work Easily create your own Axisweb profile to get your work seen by the right people on our well established and highly respected platform Our directory of selected artists and art professionals is an essential research tool for anyone interested in keeping in touch with UK contemporary art. • Find great work opportunities Access our members-only noticeboard of over 200 regional, national and international work opportunities Through our opportunities and enquiries service we help you find the right artist or art professional for your brief, whether it’s a purchase, commission, exhibition project, residency, consultancy opportunity or public programme. • Make lasting and relevent connections Connect with artists, art professionals and collectors directly through the site. We vet any messages sent to you via your profile, leaving you to deal with the rest. And we don’t take commission on sales. Our programme in Wales supports artists and art professionals and promotes the country’s contemporary art scene in a wide variety of ways. All this for just £28.50 a year (£15 if you’re early career) Find out more and apply now > NOTES FROM WALES | AUTUMN 2014 2