|Cockle Pickers 2012, Film Still|
Adain Avion, Swansea, National Waterfron Museum
Cock(le)pit is an attempt by Kathryn Ashill to reclaim her sense of Swansea identity. Cockles feature heavily in the hazy summer memories of the artist's childhood, walking towards the Mumbles in the hope of getting a tub of the fishy Swansea delights and covering them in vinegar. The cockle stalls at the centre of Swansea's iconic indoor market, with its four blue banners is, to the artist, a shrine to cockles.
Through social interactions with the cockle pickers of Penclawdd and the cockle sellers at Swansea indoor market, Kathryn will explore this industry’s heritage, and communicate these experiences through film, performance and drawing to create a new cockle shrine at the cockpit of Adain Avion.
This project is a commission for Adain Avion curated by Marc Rees.