The Bell – Bouke Groen (Netherlands)
8 June – 11 August 2019
Monday – Sunday 9.30am – 6.00pm
Soundlands in partnership with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and Migrations presents The Bell by Bouke Groen.
Bouke Goen was chosen from over one hundred artists from around the world who submitted proposals to Soundlands Open Call 2019. The Bell is his striking new art installation created especially for the Llanelli Wetland reserve. An antique church bell tolls but is strangely sealed in a sculpture of glass cubes.
For centuries, bells have warned us of impending disaster. But what danger is this bell alerting us to? Will we heed its warning?
Bouke Groen is a visual artist from the Netherlands who often works with sound. In his work Groen questions the ways in which we interact with each other and our environment. However, he doesn’t take a side in debates but rather attempts to reflect, without judgement, how we treat each other and the world. Groen has exhibited widely across the Netherlands but this is his first time exhibiting in Wales.
“The idea for The Bell came to me naturally. In Friesland where I live, there are similar wetlands called the Wadden. I know this area and could easily visualise how I would make the artwork. WWT Llanelli is an amazing place and I hope you’ll be intrigued by my work there.“ – Bouke Groen
Llanelli Wetland Centre
At the Llanelli Wetland Centre you can hand feed the rarest goose in the world, see colourful flamingos, go bug hunting or pond dipping, enjoy bird watching from the hides and explore the reserve to see butterflies, dragonflies and more!
- Guided walks to The Bell Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 12 noon.
- Self guided walks to The Bell at all other times.
WWT is the leading global conservation organisation committed to the protection of wetlands and all that live in and around them. WWT is the only UK charity with a national network of specialist wetland centres that people can visit. It was founded in 1946 by the late Sir Peter Scott, the renowned naturalist and artist.
Founded in 2004, Migrations brings international contemporary arts to Wales while developing innovative collaborations, commissions and partnerships in Wales and further afield. Previous events include: ‘TAPE’ by Numen / For Use (Croatia); ‘Treehugger’ by Marshmallow Laser Feast (England) and ‘Bodies in Urban Spaces’ by Willi Dorner (Austria).
Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena.
Dominic Chennell is Curator of Soundlands.
Karine Décorne is Artistic Director at Migrations.
Maud Seuntjens is Artistic Coordinator at Musica, Impulscentre of Music and Klankenbos.
Dr. Brian Briggs is senior reserve warden at the WWT centre in Llanelli.
Jana Winderen is an artist with a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology.
Soundlands is funded by Arts Council of Wales.
Soundlands’ commission for WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre is made in partnership with Migrations and WWT.
We are indebted to our Soundlands Open Call 2019 selectors Chris Watson, Jana Winderen, Maud Seuntjens, Brian Briggs, Karine Décorne and Dominic Chennell.
The Bell is made possible by:
Silverseal Glass & Glazing Co Ltd, Neath, UK
Installation company Posseth, Dronrijp, The Netherlands
All photos: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust/ Bouke Groen