Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts

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Mai Thomas – Ark

24 March – 15 May

Studio 3 and courtyard

Mai Thomas’ new project called the ‘Ark’ is inspired by the climate changes we face today, rising tides, man’s impact on the landscape and in turn global communities.

As part of this programme Mai has crafted a transportable ‘Ark’ which will be on display at the Craft Centre this Spring to explore alongside an exhibition in Studio 3, which documents the research and the developments behind the project.

The Ark will remain on dry land and by its association act as a timely reminder. This transportable vessel is designed to provide a temporary and immersive haven which can be transported into different communities for creative engagement. Mai has worked in collaboration with Boat Builder Giles Thaxton, Musician and Composer Dan Parry and Architect Peter St John.

During her residency Mai will run a series of events including Easter Family Events: One Ark – no animals! come on board and help fill it with all creatures great and small. Ark Hive – an invitation to contribute to the Ark’s log and inventory. What would you take on board and save from rising tides? This log will be kept on board the Ark as it travels into different communities. 

This project is funded by The Arts Council of Wales. 

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