City Sculpture Project: a Personal Reflection

In the first lecture of our City Sculpture Projects 1972 series, Tony Stokes discusses his involvement as the coordinator of the original City Sculpture Project in 1972. He will share his thoughts and recollections of the project in dialogue with the curator of the exhibition Dr Jon Wood. 

Anthony (Tony) Stokes studied at Gloucestershire College of Art and Bath Academy, Corsham from 1965 until 1969 and has a degree in Visual Communication. In 1969–72, with Jeremy Rees, he organised the Peter Stuyvesant Foundation’s City Sculpture Project in eight cities in the UK. After his appointment as director of Garage in London in 1973, he formed a gallery in his own name which continued until the mid-eighties. From 1988–90 he was manager of Edward Totah Gallery, London, and then became director of Todd Gallery, London, until 2000.

He moved from London to South Wales in 2001 and began to take photographs leading to the touring exhibition The Valleys, with financial support from Arts Council Wales, and the book of the same title (Seren 2007). Bridgend Pictures (2010) was his next project, exhibiting photographs in impromptu places in the borough. He received the annual photography award at the 2008 Welsh Artist of the Year and exhibited at the National Eisteddfod, Cardiff, in the same year.

In 2013, with Jacqueline Poncelet, he initiated the project Bryn Ogwr, an informal collaboration, which was first exhibited in March 2014 at Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen, curated by Meg Anthony and with support from Arts Council Wales. In a revised and updated form, Bryn Ogwr was presented again at Plas Glyn y Weddw, Gwynedd in the spring of 2015.

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