Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


Courtyard Project Spaces A & B

Come to Sunny Prestatyn

11 – 22 March 2023

The space will be open to the public on the following dates: 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, and 22 March 2023.

Curated by Prestatyn-based artist and curator Nick Davies funded by the Arts Council of Wales, this residency includes a range of newly commissioned works by 12 contemporary artists Dominic Allan, Nicola Bealing, Nick Davies, Steven Emmanuel, Rosie Gibbens, Thomas Goddard, Rebecca Gould, Ellie Hoskins, Cinzia Mutigli, Georgia Nielson, Sam Venables, and Sue Williams.

The work on display is not exactly about Prestatyn, but about the disturbing poem Sunny Prestatyn and its problematic poet Philip Larkin. It describes a poster of a girl in a swimsuit saying “Come to Sunny Prestatyn” and its eventual decline into debauched defacements and erasure on a train station platform. Written over 60 years ago, the poem touches on issues still relevant today, such as women’s safety, toxic masculinity, the effects of advertising, and the potentially violent feelings of those left without a voice.

There is adult content in some of the artworks on display as there was in the original poem.