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Artists taking the lead: Wales

  • Date: 16 May 2011
  • Artform: Visual arts
  • Area: National
Man in suit looking out of window Artist Mark Rees, Matthew Andrews 2009

Marc Rees, Adain Avion

Adain Avion is a mobile art space created from the wreckage of a DC-9 airplane, discovered and transformed by Spanish sculptor and designer Eduardo Cajal. Marc Rees will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Avion by touring the object across Wales in the summer of 2012 as part of Artists taking the lead.

Artists taking the lead is a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Arts Council England is delivering the project in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland and the Arts Council of Wales.

On arrival at each site, Adain Avion will be pulled into place by a large team of local people gathered from sports clubs, youth groups and community organisations. A programme of cultural activities curated by Rees will welcome the plane, involving local communities and reflecting the distinctive history and culture of the area. 

Adain Avion itinerary summer 2012:

  • Swansea: 24 - 30 June
  • Ebbw Vale: 1 - 7 July
  • Llandudno: 8 - 14 July
  • Llandow, The National Eisteddfod of Wales: 4 - 11 August 

Adain Avion is funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales

About the artist

Marc Rees is one of Wales' leading practicioners of contemporary performance and installation. His innovative interdisciplinary artworks are known for their flamboyant, humorous and often extreme interpretations of history, culture and personal experience. 
In addition to working with some of Britain's foremost physical theatre companies - Brith Gof, Earthfall and DV8 - and Germany's premiere choreographers - Angela Guerreiro, Thomas Lehmen and Tanz Compagnie Rubato - he has also produced solo stage works Iddo Ef, Caligula Disco, Gloria Days and the installation/performances The House Project, RevolUn, Shed*light and the BBC film A Very Gladys night.
Adain Avion is co-produced by Taliesin Arts Centre, a long-time supporter and collaborator of Marc's work.

For more information about the artist visit Marc Rees' website.

The panel

All of the winning Artists taking the lead projects were chosen by a panel of artists and producers. The Wales panel commented:

'Marc Rees’ project offered the panel the best way of engaging the maximum number of people in an imaginative and original way. The real originality of what he’s proposing lies in the way the plane will house new pieces of art but will provide a home for all sorts of ideas and community participation.' 

Read the Artists taking the lead, Wales panel biographies.

Visit the Artists taking the lead page to find out about the other projects taking place across the UK.