Big Little City – the next stage

Posted on October 7, 2011

The Big Little City project was an interactive art exhibition celebrating the city of Cardiff. We had a 16 week run from April until July 2011 at the Old Library ( now the new Cardiff Story museum) which proved to be a big success.  We exhibited well over 250 artists with three phases each running for five weeks. This continuous change over kept the space live and full of energy which was appreciated by a large number of people who kept on coming back for more.

Working along side Marc Heatley, we put the call out in December 2010 to anyone who would like to contribute work in whatever medium as long as it had a connection to the city of Cardiff.

We were overwhelmed by the reaction and quality of the work submitted which happily forced us to divide the exhibition into three phases.

The solo work ranged from a Cardiff inspired hat to a 12ft red steel dragon, with plenty of paintings, sculptures, photography, graffiti and illustration pieces to boot.



We also had numerous interactive projects on site and on line for the whole duration for anybody to contribute and express their views covering the written word, music, design competitions, football , animation and an open photography pool. These projects included Postcards of Cardiff, We are Caridiff, Off the Wall, Get your Coat, Cardiff Characters, keep up Cardiff, Queens arcade art competition, Flickr photography pool , Spillers Tee shirt competition and Spillers Saturday Sessions.

The aim of the project was to be inclusive and not exclusive, which I believe we achieved.

The Big Little City project stemmed from my Cardiff Characters project which first exhibited at the old library in spring 2008. People enjoyed the project but wanted more. So Big Little City was born and provided a platform for a host a local talent.

I am currently working on a presentation pack / book of the exhibition which will be completed soon.

The Big Little City project has potential to continue and work elsewhere, so watch this space for updates and development.

Bye for now,
Dan Green

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