We're delighted to announce the shortlist for the Canton Road Crossing to be commissioned by Cardiff Council, as part of a regeneration scheme for Cowbridge Road East, in partnership with Chapter Arts Centre.
Selected from more than 50 applications from practitioners based in Cardiff, the successful shortlisted artists are: MARCA Design, Trin Brierley and Steffan Dafydd.
Speaking about the shortlist, Chapter's Director of Programme Hannah Firth said: “We’re really excited to be working with Cardiff Council to deliver Cardiff’s first artist-designed road crossing. We had a lot of very strong applications to our open call, and selection was really difficult, but we’re absolutely delighted with the shortlist. It’s especially important to support and profile the work of freelance artists in these difficult times and we hope that there will be many more opportunities of this kind in the future!”
Guest selector Jude Lau of The Printhaus also commented: “What a selection of artworks and personalities! It was really refreshing to see work of such a high standard, and from such a mixed group including painters, ceramicists, graffiti artists, photographers, illustrators, printmakers… and there was even one very young budding artist who threw their hat in the ring!
“I felt very honoured to be invited to be on the panel for such an important piece of public art and am very happy for Marcus, Steffan and Trin. I’m really excited to see what comes next.”
The successful artists will develop designs for the road crossing, that will be a vibrant and original feature of Cowbridge Road East. Intended to be a bold addition to the location, and to provide a safe place for people to cross the busy area of the road, the designs for the road crossing will be developed with the advice of appropriate organisations such as the RNIB.
The artists’ proposals will explore the unique local culture, history and architecture of Canton and their final designs will be presented for consultation with the local community who will select the artwork to be taken forward to completion in 2021.
About the artists
Marcus Smith graduated in Product Design from Manchester Metropolitan University and set up MARCA Design as a means to showcase his work and share it with the world.
The Aim for MARCA Design is simple: to create work that transcends genres, and to apply this in a range of design-based disciplines.
MARCA Design recently delivered the branding and menu design for 297 Bar, and the branding for Labyrinth Records and Academy Junction, at the Goodsheds development in Barry. Outside of design his ongoing photographic project ‘The New Abnormal’ was recently featured in Lomography Magazine. https://www.marcadesign.co.uk/
Trin Brierley is a mural artist and sign painter whose background is in textile design and screen printing.
In 2013 she co-founded TLWPC, a small mural painting business, and this led organically to discovering sign painting, which is now one of the main focuses of her work. She has since worked on a variety of diverse painting projects, including larger pieces with Camille Walala.
Her work is always full of bold colour and pattern, reminiscent of places she has travelled to, near and far. She is inspired by traditional methods of making, the emphasis being to champion the handmade and to keep traditional art forms alive and current. www.trinbrierley.com
Steffan Dafydd combines found imagery, textures, graphic elements and drawings to create abstract, fluid and striking imagery.
Steffan’s background is in graphic design where he started by creating gig posters and record sleeves for artists, promoters and labels before studying graphic design at Brighton University, where he fell in love with screenprinting.
More recently, Steffan has been creating a body of personal projects under the name Penglog, which is his platform for all of his creative output. www.penglog.co