Residents across Haverfordwest may notice art popping up across the town from this week, as broadband provider Ogi prepares for its first exhibition with local art gallery Breakout Gallery.
A series of artworks, based on the theme of connections, are being installed on data cabinets around Haverfordwest, marking a year into the broadband provider’s works in the town.
A familiar sight on our streets today, these cabinets carry Ogi’s Gigabit-capable fibre optic network to homes and business across Haverfordwest, providing fast, reliable connectively for everyone from gamers to businesses.
Following on from Ogi’s sponsorship of the Ogi Bridge Meadow Stadium, Haverfordwest AFC’s home, the thirteen commissions will see local artists preparing the cabinets over the coming weeks, before the outdoor exhibition formally opens later in the summer.
Head of Brand and Engagement, Sarah Vining, said: “It’s great to see the Ogi cabinets coming to life in this way.
“Designed to blend into the background usually, these big blocks of colour are an ideal canvas for creativity, and I’m thrilled we’ve been able to share these spaces with local artists to brighten up our community streets.
“Community is at the heart of everything we do here at Ogi, and offering residents and visitors a chance to encounter art around almost every corner is an exciting way to thank people for their patience during our works.”
Curating the exhibition, Arthur Brooker, Breakout Gallery’s Managing Director, said: “It’s exciting to finally see these artworks making it onto Ogi’s cabinets. After a few years off, it’s great to see art back on Haverfordwest’s streets.
“Showcasing the breath of talent we have here in west Wales, this exhibition provides a real opportunity for these artists to get their work seen – and often by people who wouldn’t usually get the chance.
“I can’t wait to see what’s around every corner.”
This isn’t the first time street art has appeared in the town, with Breakout Gallery’s annual Breakout Exhibition also returning to Haverfordwest’s streets after a hiatus over recent years.
Chosen artists each receive a small fee to cover their time and materials, with the exhibition forming part of this summers Breakout Exhibition in the town.