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THE ARTIST
Bedwyr Williams
(b. 1974, St Asaph, Wales)

Bedwyr Williams is a Welsh artist based in Wales, whose live performances and installations deal with Welshness, otherness and difference. ‘Welsh people are born on the back foot, but as a result of having a second language we’re able to look at the world in a slightly different way,’ he remarks. ‘That’s what my work’s all about, really – it’s how I view the world from my place on the periphery.’ Often described as a stand-up comedian, Williams refutes this claim, explaining that ‘what I do is funny, but there aren’t any jokes as such.’ His work has included the Blaenau Vista Social Club, a travelling night-club in the back of a caravan, and performances featuring a Celtic bard and a ranting, fire-and-brimstone preacher. Williams won the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham in 2011 and will represent Wales at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
THE CLASS
The Truth Against The World
Bedwyr Williams gives a lecture-performance he describes as 'a kind of gumball rally through Welsh culture' in which the audience is invited to dress as makeshift Druids with costumes provided in the gallery.
Zig-zagging through Welsh visual culture, participants are led on a tour through Welsh nationalism, subcultures and fashion via the motley figures of Evelyn Waugh, young farmers, the Beatles, the Maharishi, Brian Epstein and Mario Merz.


DETAILS :
Price: £10
Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)
Venue: Hayward Gallery Lecture Theatre

Approximate duration: 90 minutes