Sean Edward’s multi-disciplinary practice incorporates sculpture, site-responsive installation, photography, publications, moving image, and radio plays to evoke a sense of shared feelings of many people whose lives have been shaped by particular social and economic structures, including the class system in Britain, public housing, and the opportunities these frameworks can withhold or present.
Drawing from his personal and familial experience of growing up on a large council estate in Wales, Edwards shares the social history of marginalised communities. Working class experience, moving and emigration, forgetting and remembering, and assembling fragments and parts of various life-affecting moments are all unpinned with the values of care, duty, and place. His work does not dwell on the more-frequently associated aspects of housing estate life (such as crime, oppression, melancholy) but the possibilities that can emerge from prescribed community living and the potential to move forward and assert oneself as an individual in the broader world. Edwards’ work is detailed, focusing on small moments of the everyday, expressing value in routine and infrastructure, but poetically conveying the atmosphere, texture and sensibility of neglected people and places.
Sean Edwards represented Wales at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019). His exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios will be his first solo show in Ireland. His Venice exhibition toured to Ty Pawb, Cardiff and The Bluecoat, Liverpool in 2020, and most recently to the Senedd, National Assembly for Wales in 2021. Edwards' recent solo exhibitions include distant borrowing, Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2021); Drawn in Cursive (parts 1, 2 and 3) at Chapter, Cardiff, Network, Aalst, and Mostyn, Llandudno (2014); and Resting Through, Kunstverein Frieburg, Freiburg (2012). He is included in British Art Show 9, Hayward Gallery Touring (2021-2022) and was awarded a Turner Bursary in 2020.