Press Releases 2014-2015

Major London Installation for UWTSD Artist


Tim DaviesOne of the world’s most celebrated fine artists, Swansea-based University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) lecturer Tim Davies, has created and installed a large-scale public artwork in London which captures the energy of the River Thames.

‌Entitled, ‘Figures on the Foreshore’, Tim Davies (Senior Lecturer in Fine Art within the Swansea College of Art at UWTSD), has created the photographic artwork following a commission by Thames Tideway Tunnel. Standing at 110 metres long and 3.6 metres high, the piece is displayed on a hoarding around the Thames Tideway Tunnel site at Kirtling Street, very near to the iconic Battersea Power Station. It is expected to be on display for the next twelve months.

The hoarding surrounds a site which is being prepared for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a major new sewer needed to prevent the pollution of the River Thames.

Residents in and around Nine Elms on the South Bank in Wandsworth, along with Thames Tideway staff, took part in a photo shoot which inspired the piece. It explores and celebrates the proximity of the river; aiming to evoke childhood memories and playfulness.

Tim Davies said: "In 'Figures on the Foreshore' I wanted to capture the seemingly often overlooked potential of the Thames. I wanted to capture a sense of energy, a sense of fun and a sense of the lyrical. We had a great couple of days on the photographic shoot when members of the local community came and joined in generously.

"What you see on the hoarding is a selection of the images captured from that time. I'd like to thank both those who appear and those who participated but do not feature in the final work. Everyone involved made it an extraordinary memorable experience."

Figures on the foreshore Phil Stride, External Affairs Director at Tideway, said: "Tim's artwork creates a sense of fun and excitement, which is exactly what we want everyone to feel about the River Thames.

"When people see the hoarding they won't just see a building site, they will be reminded that the Thames is something to celebrate and that is what our project is aiming to achieve."

As an artist, Tim Davies represented Wales at the 2011 Venice Biennale, the world's pre-eminent showcase for international art which was inaugurated over one hundred years ago, in 1895, as an international art exhibition.

He was the winner of the Fine Art Gold Medal at the National Eisteddfod in 2003 and was selected for the inaugural Artes Mundi in 2004. In 2008 he was a Major Creative Wales Award recipient from Arts Council of Wales.

In early 2012 he joined the Board of Artes Mundi, the UK's largest visual art prize, which takes place every two years in Cardiff.

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