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Arnolfini - est 1961
Bedwyr Williams. Science Fictions (Trailer Still), 2021, Courtesy of Foreground and The Science Museum Group


Bedwyr Williams is currently working on a new major commission ‘Science Fictions’ with Foreground for the Science Museum Group’s National Collections Centre in Wiltshire, between 2021 and 2024. The commission will involve the creation of a new book and film work made in collaboration with the general public. More information about the project can be found here.

Williams is interested in the friction between the deadly serious and the banal aspects of modern life. His work merges cultural narratives and everyday life with an often-dark humour that is instantaneously sympathetic and refreshingly acerbic. Encompassing performance, sculpture, text and film, which he often brings together as large-scale installations, Williams’ practice is characterised equally by an enthusiast’s passion, a satirical critique of power structures, and a gentle self-depreciation of the role the artist in society.

Recent group exhibitions include  “Adapt to Survive: Notes from the Future”, Hayward Gallery, London, 2018. “The Land We Live in – The Land We Left Behind”, Hauser and Wirth Somerset, 2018. Stress Field, Hubei Museum of Art, China. In 2013 Bedwyr Williams  represented Wales at the Venice Biennale. He was shortlisted for the Artes Mundi Prize in 2016.

Presented in collaboration with Foreground.

Art in the City is a series of international artist’s talks co-presented by Fine Art UWE Bristol and Arnolfini. Previous speakers include Phyllida Barlow, Sonia Boyce, Jeremy Deller, Martin Creed, Rose Wylie, Imran Perretta, Bob and Roberta Smith, and Laure Prouvost.