Bedazzled - A Welshman in New York

An online project accompanying Ffotogallery’s show Bedazzled – A Welshman in New York especially commissioned by Dylan Thomas 100 Festival and Cardiff Contemporary. Bedazzled celebrates the special relationship Dylan Thomas had with the United States, New York in particular, and the enduring influence of his life and work on both sides of the Atlantic. In a series of life performances in New Quay and Cardiff during Autumn 2014, audience members were transported back to 1950s world of bohemian New York. The web project simultaneously re-imagines Dylan Thomas’s favourite bar The White Horse Tavern, providing a glimpse into the poet’s life in New York, and explores the many sides to his character. The website experience hosts specially commissioned video interviews with Dylan Thomas’ New York contemporaries as well as a comprehensive archive of Dylan Thomas audio recordings.

As part of the project we invited Welsh schools to take part in a crowdsourced art project “The People’s Dylan Thomas”. Pupils’ artworks were transformed into a digital portrait to celebrate Dylan Thomas’s 100th birthday.