Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell, Director at Elysium Gallery.

“I have been running galleries and instigating art events in the city since 2003 – it was obvious from the off that Swansea was this wonderful mix of talent and creatives just waiting to unleash itself onto the bigger stage. We have a close-knit, vibrant scene which I think is the envy of other places in Wales.

Swansea was bombed in the war and since then the city centre has always been in a constant state of change and rebuilding. This continual ‘wiping the slate clean mentality’ is what our creatives thrive upon.

I believe if we win UK City of Culture, all the cultural ingredients in the city will explode into something truly special and show off swansea for what it is…a brilliant place to be!”

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