Major new installation by Cerith Wyn Evans unveiled at Cardiff

The internationally acclaimed

artist Cerith

Wyn Evans has unveiled a major new neon sculpture at National Museum Cardiff . The work, Radiant Fold (… the Illuminating (2017/18),

Gas) created specifi cally

Spring is fi nally here and it’s time to start thinking about planting for the summer – and perhaps even giving fruit growing a go!

Of all the popular summer fruits, strawberries are one of the easiest to grow in containers and you can grow them on a patio, balcony, windowsill or even in a hanging basket.

Strawberries are compact plants, so even gardeners with limited space can have a few pots on the go positioned close to the kitchen or outdoor seating area for convenience. By growing them in pots you can provide strawberries with the perfect conditions – rich, fertile, well draining soil in a sunny position and as they are growing off the ground they are less likely to suffer from disease or damage by pests. There are two types of strawberries you can go for – Summer-fruiting varieties or perpetual strawberries. Summer-fruiting are the largest and most popular. They have a short by heavy cropping period over two to three weeks any time from early to mid-summer. Perpetual strawberries produce smaller crops of fruits from early summer to early autumn. The crops are not as heavy as the summer-fruiting ones and the fruits are smaller in size. You can grow strawberries in a variety of different containers, but the advantage of growing them in a strawberry planter – an urn shaped pot with pocket holes down the side – is that they look attractive, a good sized pot holds a fair number of plants and they produce the highest yield. You will need one plant per side opening and three or four for the top (if you are growing strawberries in an ordinary container then just three or four plants will do). Fill the bottom of the pot with compost that contains a slow release fertiliser and continue to fi ll the container as you plug each hole with a strawberry plant, lightly patting the plant into the soil as you fi ll. Finish off your strawberry planter with the three to four plants on top. Make sure your containers get at least six to eight hours of sun so that you will get plenty of fl owers and fruits and if the sunlight is coming from only one direction, rotate the container every three to four days if possible. Water your strawberries whenever the soil feels dry about an inch below the surface, and when there are long periods of hot, dry weather you may need to water daily. If pots and containers are just part of your outside space then here are some gardening tips for this month from the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) 1. Tie back climbing and rambling roses 2. Keep an eye out for pests and keep weeds under control

3. Start feeding plants in the garden from now to the end of the summer

4. Sow seeds directly into the soil so they can fl ower in the summer

5. Sow vegetable seeds directly into prepared beds 6. Plant summer fl owering bulbs 7. Sow new lawns or repair bare patches 8. Prune shrubs and trees 9. Apply mulch or manure to fl ower beds and pots 10. Prepare hanging baskets

National Garden Gift Vouchers can be bought and redeemed at over 2,000 outlets in the UK, with more than 90,000 garden plants and products on offer. Visit to view details of all the outlets that sell and accept them or call 0870 2408237 for more information. You can also buy them online.

Residents of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are being asked to return walking aids that they are no longer using. This Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) initiative aims to not only reduce waste, but save thousands of pounds of valuable

healthcare money too. After an injury or operation, people are often issued with a walking aid, such as a frame or pair of crutches, on loan to get them mobile again. But what happens to them when they are no longer needed? Many

has been for

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and is the second donation made through the Contemporary Art Society’s Great Works scheme. Radiant Fold (…the Illuminating Gas) draws inspiration from the mysterious

forms in

Marcel Duchamp’s iconic work The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (1915-23).


vast discs in bright white neon recreate the forms

fi eld. The Great Works scheme, generously supported by the Sfumato Foundation,

aims to

Cerith Wyn Evans, Radiant fold (…the Illuminating Gas), 2017/18. Presented to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales by the Contemporary Art Society through Great Works, supported by the Sfumato Foundation, 2018. © Cerith Wyn Evans. Photo © Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales

of Duchamp’s original into three-dimensional and multi-dimensional objects. Suspended from the ceiling at a skewed angle and developed with reference to the

architecture and history of the museum, the work imposes a foreshortened perspective, evoking unfamiliar registers of perception and creating a rupture in the visual

tackle the absence in UK museums of works by major British artists over the last 20 years. This will be the fi rst large-scale neon sculpture by Cerith Wyn Evans placed in a UK museum collection and Amgueddfa Cymru is signifi cant to the artist as one of the fi rst places he experienced art as a child. Last year the fi rst

acquisition made

through the Great Works scheme was a major new painting by Glenn Brown for the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. This new work will is display in Gallery 24 until 2 September 2018.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board calls for walking aid amnesty to help save money

are left in garages and attics to gather dust.

If unneeded

equipment was returned, it could be refurbished and reissued to someone else, saving money as well as reducing waste. Currently the UHB issues over 10,000 walking aids a year. Of these, only one in three is returned, and one in four is refurbished and reissued to someone else, saving the UHB nearly £20,000 per year. Please return your walking aids to one of these locations: University Hospital of Wales Main reception - Concourse Physiotherapy Department/ Fracture Clinic or Emergency Unit University Hospital Llandough CAVOC Reception / Physiotherapy Department Barry Hospital Main Reception If you require any further information please contact Rob Skellett on 02920 746933 or Jade Coleman on 02920 742643. If you wish to return any other medical equipment as well as walking aids please call Cardiff and Vale UHB Joint Equipment Store on 02920873669 for the North and East of Cardiff and 02920712555 for the South, West and the Vale areas. If you wish to return a wheelchair please call the Artifi cial Limb and Appliance Service on 02920313905.

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