A FILM depicting the emotional journey of a Chinese student studying in Bangor is to be the first large-scale visual art work commissioned through Pontio’s ‘White Wall’ initiative.

The digital work, Reciprocity Between Two Dragons, will be projected on to the vast white wall in the central atrium of the Arts and Innovation Centre at Pontio during the centre’s Wales-China Festival, which runs from February 16-18.

Llandudno-based artist Ronan Devlin’s work was chosen by a panel of experts.

He said: “I’d recently finished both a large and complicated project. So when I saw the brief, I immediately went to start researching the theme.”

Devlin's work explores the experience of a student deciding whether to stay in Wales or return to China. The film’s accompanying music is by Ant Dickinson.

The student walks through the landscape of Nantmor, in Snowdonia, the shooting location for The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, the 1958 film starring Ingrid Bergman,

“I love the landscape around here and I found that connection between Wales and China” Devlin added.

Elen ap Robert, Pontio’s artistic director said, “From seeing the initial architectural plans for Pontio, we could see the exciting potential provided by these vast white walls in terms of large-scale art and digital projection. I can’t wait to see the result of Ronan’s exploration of the brief.”

Reciprocity Between Two Dragons will be shown on Friday, February 16 at 7.45-8pm and 10-10.15pm; Saturday, February 17 at 5.15-5.30pm, 6.45-7pm and 8.10-8.25pm; and on Sunday, February 18 at 5-5.15pm and 7-7.15pm.

Work by Karolina Konior, who is in her third year on the BA fine art course at Coleg Menai will also premiere as part of the Connections sound installation.

Portraits of individuals from Chinese and Welsh communities will be exhibited and animations by Welsh artist Catrin Davies will appear periodically on digital signage.

There will also be artwork celebrating the Chinese New Year, created by the art foundation course students at Coleg Menai.