Graduate chosen as resident artist at Wales Millennium Centre

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A University of South Wales graduate has had her artwork selected as the very first resident exhibition at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Danielle Sullivan, 22, who studied BA (Hons) Art Practice, will see her exhibition, Regrowth, on display at the Centre until May 21st.

After taking part in the Centre’s Graduate 2014 exhibition, Danielle’s work was handpicked to be shown in the main reception space.

Regrowth is made entirely of the pages of more than 1,000 books, and includes a shed, flowers and ivy which adorn the walls of the exhibition space. It is intended to emphasise the importance of books, in an age where people tend to spend more and more time on their smart phones and Kindles.

Danielle, who lives in Porth and attended Ysgol Gyfun y Cymer in the Rhondda, said: “As more technological devices have become available, books are being neglected and forgotten about. I wanted to show off the beauty of books and remind people that they are objects which should be valued once more.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase my work, especially so soon after graduating from university, and I’m really grateful to have had the freedom to make the exhibition space my own.”

Gerallt Hughes, Public Spaces programmer at the Wales Millennium Centre, said: “We were delighted to invite Danielle to be our first artist in residence, as her artwork really stood out as something that could work well in the spaces we have here at the Centre.

“This exhibition is not only beautiful but also has a great deal of content behind it. Her work tells you a lot about today’s society – we, in a culture of mass consumerism, don’t appreciate craft and craftspeople. We’re also constantly on social media, not taking the time to reflect on our lives, and Danielle’s use of books is good metaphor for this.”

Regrowth will be on display at the Wales Millennium Centre until 21st May, with an opportunity before 28th April for people to see Danielle putting the finishing touches to the construction of her work. For more information, go to the WMC website.

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