We are delighted to bring you, via zoom, Wakelin award winner for 2021, Cinzia Mutigli, who shall be joined by selector and previous winner of the prestigious welsh arts award, Anthony Shapland.

Cinzia Mutigli, born in Edinburgh and based in Cardiff, works across a range of media including text, performance and video that links her own story to wider cultural histories. Mutigli’s work has a strong biographical core. She considers how domestic, socio-political and popular cultural environments interact and how they impact our persona, psychologies and sense of self.

Anthony Shapland is a Cardiff-based artist and curator, who has exhibited nationally and internationally. He is also known for his curatorial work with g39, an artist-run organisation based in Cardiff. He is a previous winner of the award, selected 13 years ago.

The work selected by Anthony Shapland is Sweet Wall, 2020, a multi-dimensional film installation. Through rhythmic repetition, the artist speaks of habits and cycles, seeing time as a continuous loop that passes back and forth. Recurring themes and motifs include wallpaper, hair, rehearsals and putting on an act.

Cinzia Mutigli stated: “I feel hugely appreciative toward everyone involved in the Wakelin Award. Being given this award is really important to me, especially I think, as an artist who restarted my practice after a long break. It means a lot to have the support of the award and of the Glynn Vivian.”

Previous award winners include Brendan Stuart Burns, Anthony Shapland, Catrin Webster, Jonathan Anderson, Meri Wells, David Cushway, Helen Sear, Clare Woods, Alexander Duncan, Philip Eglin, Richard Billingham and Anya Paintsil.

The Award is administered by the Friends of the Glynn Vivian and is generously supported by donations in memory of Richard and Rosemary Wakelin and their son Martin, who were themselves artists and active supporters of the arts in Swansea.

Dr Peter Wakelin, said, “Living in Swansea for nearly 40 years, our family really valued the established collection at the Glynn Vivian, as well as the new art that was being created. My parents gave a lot of their time to the Gallery and the Friends. They would be really pleased to see such interesting artists being represented in the collection thanks to this award scheme.”

Joining information

Zoom: Wednesday 29th June at 7pm
Meeting ID: 814 3957 7783
Passcode: SUGAR




Image: Cinzia Mutigli, Sweet Wall, 2021. Installation view
Wakelin Award, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, 2022.
Photography Polly Thomas