A challenging exhibition from mature students.

By The Free Library

A CONTEMPORARY art group which includes three Swansea Metropolitan mature students is to host an exhibition in the city centre, opening this week.

Fine Art students Sylvie Evans, 56, Heather Lythgow, 63, and 58-year-old Graham Parker - along with fellow artist and Swansea Met art graduate Rose Davies, 57 - are part of an art group called 15 Hundred Lives, an artist-led initiative which aims to show accessible, contemporary visual art across all of Swansea's communities.

The group boast a combination of individual artistic skills, including painting, photomontage, printmaking and ceramics. and its latest exhibition will run from tomorrow until Friday February 15 in the White Room at Swansea's Grand Theatre. Entry is free.

"Swansea is rapidly establishing itself as the cultural heart of Wales and our collective aims to make that heartbeat even stronger," says abstract painter and founder of 15 Hundred Lives, Graham Parker.

It was a sentiment concurred by its co-founder Slyvie Evans, who experiments with photomontage and collage techniques todisorientate, confuse and deceive the viewer.

"We hope that the people of the area will come to view our exhibition and take the opportunity to chat to the artists about their work."

Rose Davies, whose raw work is influenced by her long-running side career working with the homeless and those with drug and alcohol dependency, said she is delighted to be a part of the group. "Our aim is to showcase contemporary art that challenges, intrigues and engages," she says.