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Don’t miss the ‘over-sized’ books section on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library . . . there are treasures to be found!

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Llandaff: new Art & Design books

Check out these new books currently on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library

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Volumes of Vulnerability and Somerset Stones on display

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On display until May 5th in N Block ground floor In Gallery display cabinet in Cardiff School of Art and Design are two multi-part artists’ books Volumes of Vulnerability and Somerset Stones.

Volumes of Vulnerability curated by Susan Johanknecht and Katharine Meynell explores multiple artists’ views on risk and vulnerability and contains 20 artists’ books, a catalogue, an audio tape, a floppy disc and a CD-ROM. The work was published to accompany a touring exhibition ‘Volumes (of vulnerability)’ opening at The Standpoint Gallery 13th January – 20th February 2000 to coincide with the Millennium.

Somerset Stones is a work by Jill Barker revealing her explorations within a theme and comprises a ledger style drop back box containing letterpress and found objects with mirror, digital and woodblock prints, table of contents and description of the work. The work also contains four hardback bound books labelled vols 1 – 4 each containing a pebble and cut paper pages, one digital print of the pebble and a tide table for Watchett Jan-April. ‘Gift from the Sea’ is also part of the work – torn sheets of Somerset white satin paper in a flower press with digital print and stones with eye carving, two beach pebbles mounted on top and fixed with vacuum pack plastic.

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ART21 – New DVDs

ART21 – Art in the 21st Century is a series of DVDs – 6 of which are currently on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff library.

They are available to view until 15th December, after which time they can be borrowed.  You can also reserve them by using the library catalogue SUMMON.

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IDENTITY: Bruce Nauman, Kerry James Marshall, Maya Lin, Louise Bourgeois.  Bruce Nauman transforms everyday activities, speech, and objects into works that are both familiar and alien. “I needed a different way to approach the idea of being an artist,” says Nauman.

CONSUMPTION: Matthew Barney, Michael Ray Charles, Andrea Zittel, Mel Chin.  Documentary about contemporary artists and how they repond to consumerism through their work.

PLAY: Jessica Stockholder, Ellen Gallagher, Arturo Herrera, Oliver Herring.  Spontaneous and joyful, subversive or amusing, play can take many forms in daily life as well as in contemporary art. The “Art in the Twenty-First Century” documentary “Play” explores the work of the artists Oliver Herring, Arturo Herrera, Jessica Stockholder, and Ellen Gallagher, and concludes with an original video artwork by Teresa Hubbard & Alexander Birchler

PROTEST: Nancy Spero, An-My Lê, Alfredo Jaar, Jenny Holzer.  How do contemporary artists engage politics, inequality, and the many conflicts that besiege the world today? How do artists use their work to discuss or oppose misery, turmoil, and injustice?

CHANGE: Catherine Opie, El Anatsui, Ai Weiwei. How do artists respond to a world in flux? In what ways do artists act as agents of change, and what kinds of aesthetic choices do they make?

SYSTEMS: John Baldessari, Julie Mehretu, Kimsooja, Allan McCollum.  Documentary about contemporary artists and how they explore our complex society in their work. What new grammars and logics do artists invent in today’s supercharged, information-based society? Why do we find comfort in some systems while rebelling against others?

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Top floor at Llandaff library to close for redecoration

Changes at Llandaff - happening soon

Changes at Llandaff – happening soon

A section of Llandaff Library will be shut for a metamorphosis and upgrading over the summer months.   The top floor of the main book library will close from 17th June to open again in September with a new improved look and carpet. 

As the majority of our arts, architecture and design collection is housed here, we’re extending the number of Llandaff-based library loans over the summer holiday period from 15 to 30.  Llandaff-based students and staff have until 14th June to take advantage of this.  After that, all books on top floor will be boxed and stored until the work has been completed. 

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Before… the top floor of Llandaff Library, due to shut for redecorating over the summer from 17th June

The library at Howard Gardens will open throughout the summer, so you can continue to access and enjoy their diverse and inspirational collection of books, DVDs and journals.  

Our Electronic Library and library catalogue will be changing as well, though you will still be able to access the full range of electronic books, journals and images over the summer.  Click here to find out more.

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A warm post festive welcome from Llandaff Library

The Social Learning Lounge at Llandaff Library

Warming up the cold post-Christmas weeks, librarians at Llandaff Library hosted a cheerful informal chat and catch up event with Llandaff academics.   Plied with hot drinks and Welsh cakes, academic staff and librarians alike were interested to find out more about the wealth of information resources at Cardiff Metropolitan. 

The purpose of the event was to strengthen links between the library and academic departments and get to know academics face-to-face.  We developed a greater appreciation of heavy academic workloads of teaching and research commitments.  And being librarians, even assisted with a couple of queries.  It was also a chance to showcase our professionalism and commitment in striving to ensure the library continues to be relevant and essential to both students and staff at Cardiff Metropolitan.

To find out how CSAD Information Advisors can help you, contact Catherine Drake at Llandaff or Jenny Godfrey at Howard Gardens

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