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WHAT’S ON OUR RADAR THIS MONTH. BRIEFLY


I See Stars premieres at Cardiff Arts Institute


I See Stars is a 20-minute indie flick about the virtual success of real-life rock band Kiss Silver from Cardiff... can you spot the gaping flaw in that premise? It’s funny, of course, but it’s also an unfortunate irony that it’s been so long since Cardiff turned out a commercially successful band that we actually create our own myths about the fictitious success of a mediocre indie band. But wait, wait, wait, because even if I See Stars is essentially an extended music video, it’s been


beautifully executed. Shot entirely in black and white, what it lacks in story it makes up for in arty slo-mo and lingering shots of the band. There are some nice improvised scenes courtesy of Alex Vla- hos and Brian Hibbard, a cameo from Gary ‘Twisted By Design’ Anderson, and it’s a really lovely film to ogle; it’s just a pity that its own gaze is fixated upon a bunch of lovable but hopeless romantics.


Info: www.vimeo.com/user3494518


Elfyn Lewis scoops Welsh Artist Of The Year prize ART


GILES GOODLAND TOOK home first place at Academi’s International Poetry Competition last month, and pocketed £5000 in the process. His poem, The Bees, saw off competition from Jane Aspinall, Marilyn Jenkins, John Leslie Brooke and more. The ceremony was held at St David’s Hotel And Spa on Wed 9 June.





THE ST DAVID’S Centre in Cardiff has been named International Shopping Centre Of The Year at the Global Retail Leisure International Awards. Entrants are judged on their merit and positive impact on the market, and the centre saw off competition from Portugal and Singapore.


Elfyn Lewis took home the £2000 prize for Welsh Artist Of The Year at a ceremony last month. His work typically makes use of lots and lots of layers of paint heaped onto canvas to give an abstract impression of a Welsh landscape. It sounds pretty tenuous, but there’s an immediacy to his paintings that lets you forgive its pretensions. His work is dynamic, bold and deceptively precise as a result, with a sense of spontaneity that belies the consid- eration that goes into the pieces.


The favourite to win after claiming the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the International Eisteddfod this year, Elfyn Lewis thanked his son for choosing the paint- ing he entered into the contest. Winners of the other categories were Emily Jenkins (Sculpture), Richard Monahan (Drawing), Llinos Lanini (Photography), Tom Piper (Printmaking), Gemma Copp (New Media), Ashraf Hanna (Applied Arts) and Phil Lambert (Student).


Info: www.artswales.org.uk BUZZ 04 •


AN ALL-STAR Lanes bowling alley is rumoured to be opening in Cardiff within the next 12 months. The alleys are famed for their ‘boutique bowling’ experience, where lanes are paired with cocktails, fine dining and good music.





ARTES MUNDI, the visual arts initiative and benefactor of an annual £40,000 prize, has appointed a new chief executive. Ben Borthwick is currently the assistant curator at the Tate Modern.


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