New Student Volunteer Opportunities at Hafod Copperworks site!

Educational Tour Guiding Opportunity at The Hafod Morfa Copperworks

Over the last three years, Swansea University has been working to regenerate the Hafod-Morrfa Copperworks, a crucial monument to Swansea’s proud history as the centre of the global copper industry.

We are now looking to recruit and train a small team of volunteers to lead tours for schools and members of the public visiting the site. You will be provided with training and orientation about the site’s history, the resources and tools  available for you to use and advice for working with the public/schoolchildren. We would ask people to be available on an occasional basis from April onwards, sometimes midweek and sometimes at weekends.  Volunteers would work in pairs. Travel costs to and from the site will be paid.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about an important part of local and global history and gain some useful skills and experience.

There is also an opportunity to extend the Hafod-Morfa tour to White Rock, five minutes’ walk across the river. White Rock predates Hafod-Morfa by fifty years and is being reclaimed by the Friends of White Rock. Training in site history will be provided by the Friends.

Please apply by February 28th  by email to Stuart Griffin setting out why you are interested in the role and what skills, qualities and experience you offer.

Please click here to view more volunteer opportunities!


Coming Up History Talks

This month there are a number of talks scheduled that focus on Swansea history.

On Friday afternoon, February 13th at 2. 30 pm at Trallwn Community Centre, Llansamlet Historical Society, Ann Rosser will talk on Harps and Harpists.

At Swansea Central Library on Saturday 14th February, Valentine’s day, starting at 2 pm in The Discovery Room,
Royston Kneath of Swansea Your Story will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Loved and Lost; Why Do We Lose What We Love? 
Swansea Places That Have Changed and Gone Forever.

On Tuesday 17th February at the Vivian Hall, Blackpill, led Local History Society, Gwyn Evans will talk about the Memories of Old Clydach Project. Gwyn Evans is the Secretary of The Friends of Clydach.

On Saturday 21st February at National Waterfront Museum, the Swansea Branch of the Historical Association presents Dr Daniel Blackie’s talk on the buried history of disability in the coalfields.

For further details please email

Glynn Vivian Off Site Activities

Glynn Vivian Offsite New Spring Activities

While the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is being refurbished, our offsite exhibitions and activities continue at the YMCA, Swansea and at various venues in the city centre. See our spring programme of events and workshops, or join our mailing list to receive a brochure. All events are free, everyone welcome.

Time, A Hesitant Smile

*Please note change of venue
Glynn Vivian Offsite presents Time, a Hesitant Smile as a pop-up cinema. Over three consecutive Thursdays, see a selection of films which examines the gap between science fiction and reality and the human fascination with time travel.

Join curators Jacqui Davies and Joseph Constable in conversation Thursday 5 February, 5.30pm, before the first screening. Screenings 5, 12 & 19 February from 6.30pm at Vue Cinema, Swansea.

No booking required.

Young Art Force

Young Art Force is for young people aged 14 – 24 who are currently not in education, employment or training, giving them the opportunity to have a voice and express themselves through art.

Each project is led by the young people’s interests, working towards Arts Award and Agored Cymru. Our next project takes place Monday – Friday, 16-20 February, 10am-3pm at the YMCA, Swansea.

Call 01792 516900 or email Tom Goddard to find out more and book a place.

Artist Talk, Andrew Morris

Artist Andrew will be discussing his current practice with us on Thursday 26 February at the YMCA, from 5.30pm. Andrew graduated from Swansea Metropolitan / University of Wales Trinity Saint David with a BA (Hons) in Photography in the Arts and won the first ‘Wales International Young Artists Award’ presented to him by the British Council Wales for his What’s Left Behind? series. No booking required.

Glynn Vivian on Air

This February we are launching our online podcast Glynn Vivian On Air. Catch up on past events, interviews and dialogues from the Gallery’s archive, including talks, discussions and conversations from invited curators, artists and creative practitioners.

Podcasts are available to download on you can listen online via Soundcloud.

Artist In Residence

Our current Artist in Residence Joan Jones, works in a variety of mediums, including song, live performance and zine distribution. Join Joan for an un-Valentine’s day party on Friday 13 February at the YMCA from 4.30pm.

Joan is welcoming all jilted lovers for a feast of performance, music and fun. After Party will take place at Mozarts from 7pm (18+ only). Free event, no booking required.

Glynn Vivian Road Show

This February we will be visiting the Community Pod in Morfa Shopping Park to share our collection with you.

Come along for an afternoon of children’s activities and choose an artwork from the Gallery’s collection that you would like to see on display. Road Show takes place on Saturday 21 February, 12-4pm, No booking required.