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Coronavirus may have closed the doors of Swansea’s Glynn Vivian, but the gallery has gone online to bring together artists and cultural historians from around the world.

The Glynn Vivian is running an online seminar series that aims to highlight and strengthen the cultural bond between Wales and the Indian subcontinent, which is attracting global attention.

The series, “Imperial Subjects: (Post)colonial conversations between South Asia and Wales”, is led by British Art Network bursary recipient Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and South Asian art historian Dr Zehra Jumabhoy, currently an associate lecturer at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art.

Originally, the series was due to be hosted at the gallery during April and May. However, since the lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus, the gallery’s team have adapted the seminars to suit a digital format to be delivered via video conferencing service Zoom.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “At this challenging time it’s important for Swansea to maintain its connections; this initiative is proving to be an excellent way of doing this.

“People are embracing digital platforms more than ever so this Glynn Vivian scheme is allowing many to experience events that they may not have done so before.

“It’s opening up new ways of working for the gallery and it shows that its staff, like all council personnel, are here for Swansea.”

The four seminars in the series, covering a range of topics, are:

  • Exploring Colonial Conversations (May 12)
  • Miniatures and The West (May 14)
  • The Robert Clive Collections and Gifts Re-Examined (May 19)
  • Cultural Interactions (May 21)

Full details of the seminars and links to book tickets are available on the Glynn Vivian’s Facebook page.

To read the full news release go to swansea.gov.uk.