City is seeing red to back title campaign.Byline: Sarah Welsh
THINK you've got no part to play in Cardiff becoming Capital of Culture 2008?
Well, if you own some holiday snaps, have ever bought a ticket to something or have the ability to write, you now have no excuse.
A unique new art project has been set up at the campaign headquarters in the Old Library in the city, and people across the Welsh capital are being invited to play their part and get involved to make sure Cardiff bags the title.
Called Collect 2008, it has been devised by Cardiff-based artists Pete Williams
Pete Williams is an NBC News correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He has been covering the Justice Department and the U.S. Supreme Court since March 1993. and Lou Thornton, who are also overseeing the project.
The aim is to collect 2008 items based on a monthly theme, running from now until September Until September is a 1984 romantic drama set in France. It stars Karen Allen as an American tourist in Paris who falls in love with a married Frenchman (Thierry Lhermitte). External links , which will then be displayed in 2008 miniature plastic bags mounted on three walls at the Old Library.
From today, people can drop in anytime between 10am and 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday, to drop off their chosen items.
This month's theme is red, to represent the identity of Wales, which will be followed by fingerprints in May, tickets in June, signatures in July, holiday snaps and postcards in August and faces - for example, passport photos and portraits - in September.
Pete told the Echo: "I was resident artist at the Old Library for a time when I was working the huge wood panels which hang in the entrance.
"I thought the space I was working in would make a great gallery space, but I wanted to do an exhibition which was interactive and open to all.
"I devised Collect 2008 with Lou, who is a sculptor, and we didn't want to do something where people would come and look at an artist's work and then leave.
"The idea behind this project is it's not privileged and everyone is encouraged to take part."
Collection points where people can drop off an item or use ink to leave their fingerprints are in the process of being set up at the National Museum in Cathays Park Cathays Park is a civic area in central Cardiff, Wales, consisting of a number of early 20th century buildings and a central park area, Alexandra Gardens. It includes Edwardian buildings such as the Temple of Peace, City Hall, the National Museum and Gallery of Wales and several , the Old Library and Chapter Arts Centre An art center or arts centre is distinct from an art gallery or art museum. An arts centre is a functional community centre with a specific remit to encourage arts practice and to provide facilities such as theatre space, gallery space, venues for musical performance, .
Cardiff 2008 chief executive Lynne Williams said: "We have strived all along to create a feeling of ownership for the bid among the people who live here.
"Pete and Lou's project is a creative and fun way of getting everyone here to take part in Cardiff's bid."
TAKE IT AS RED Some of the red objects brought in for display at the Old Library.PICTURE: Andrew Davies There are several well-known people named Andrew Davies, including: