Remembering Bob Peters – Special Gallery Event


Remembering Bob Peters, and his fight against fascism during the Spanish Civil War.

A talk by author and broadcaster Greg Lewis, with an accompanying exhibition Wise and Foolish Dreamers about Wales’ role in the Spanish Civil War (by Phil Cope/Welsh Centre for International Affairs)

Bob Peters was born in Penarth in 1914. When his father did not return from World War 1, the family hit hard times. While still a teenager, Bob left to find work in Canada. There, he found politics and returned to Europe to be smuggled into Spain to fight in the Civil War. Badly wounded in the Battle of Brunete, Bob stayed on to work in the dangerous role of motorcycle despatch rider. He found love and adventure in Spain, but also saw the first affects on the world of Hitler’s Fascism. He died in 2007.

Greg Lewis is a television producer & author. He has written a number of nonfiction books on a variety of subjects, including a Bullet Saved My Life, which tells Bob Peters’ story. He has produced more than sixty documentaries for television and radio and has won major broadcast awards from BAFTA Cymru and the Guild of Health Writers UK. His recent work includes Shadow Warriors, a book about female agents during World War 2 and Aberfan, which he wrote with disaster survivor Gaynor Madgwick.

Monday 9 January 2017 / Turner House / from 6pm / FREE

IN TRUST – Reframing Wales’ Stories

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23 September – 30 October 2016

The Orangery, Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW

Open daily, 10.30am – 4pm

In July 2014, Lithuanian photographer Arturas Valiauga visited four National Trust properties in Wales as part of his European Prospects residency with Ffotogallery. At Dyffryn GardensTredegar HousePlas Newydd and Penrhyn Castle he encountered the private and public faces of these historic places and the men and women who make up the community of people who look after them today. Thanks to the generous access granted by the National Trust Wales and the help given by its staff and volunteers, Valiauga was able to explore the four houses in all their aspects – behind the scenes and after closing time. His images encapsulate a moment in time in the lives of these places, which have since outlived those that built them. His quiet, poetic photographs celebrate the commitment of the people who ‘serve’ these houses and offer us a privileged insight.

Arturas Valiauga (b. 1967) lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. His work deals with themes of social identity and the passing of time. Valiauga graduated from Vilnius College of Technologies and Design and went on to gain a Masters degree in Photography and Media Art at Vilnius Art Academy. Since 1992 he has been a member of the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers and in 2003 he established Fotoprojektai, the first studio of advertising photography in Lithuania. The artist is represented by Eglė Deltuvaitė at the Lithuanian organisation Culture Menu.

We would like to thank the National Trust Wales for their generous support of this project, and the Lithuanian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, London.

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Opening Event / Thursday 6 October / 9.30 – 11am

Jon Pountney – Iris and Me

© Jon Pountney

Exclusive UK Venue: Park Inn Hotel, Cardiff City, Dates: 13 – 16 October 2016, 10.30am – late
International Tour: LA, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Hamburg and Oslo: January – November 2017

Ffotogallery is delighted to announce that it is partnering with Iris Prize 2016 for the staging of the IRIS AND ME exhibition and screen-based installation, featuring ten years’ work by South Wales based photographer Jon Pountney. This ambitious presentation marks the tenth anniversary of Iris Prize (Cardiff’s International LGBT Short Film Prize).

Ffotogallery has partnered with Iris Prize since the inaugural Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography in 2013, which Ffotogallery initiated and runs biennially. David Drake, Ffotogallery and Diffusion Festival Director, commented,

It’s a privilege to be working with Iris on this exhibition, for the tenth edition of this ground-breaking festival and the associated Iris Prize. Both organisations share a vision to place Wales at the centre of the international arena in terms of supporting and recognising emerging talent

Iris is identified as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine, and the festival prides itself on sharing the best content from around the globe to audiences in Cardiff each October.

David Barnes – in solution

From ‘in solution’ © David Barnes

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Emerging from the economic and social fallout of the decline of the region’s heavy industries, communities in South Wales are re-defining themselves for a new future. However, old traditions and institutions persist along with particular rituals and behaviours.

David Barnes’ exhibition in solution captures some of the particularities, and peculiarities, of South Wales’ life. This new Ffotogallery commission, supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Caerphilly County Borough Council, reflects Barnes’ work over the last four years. As a continuation of his long-term preoccupation with life and history in the region, in solution explores the competing forces that can shape social identity and cultural change.

Barnes’ experimental approach to documentary connects disparate realms of experience, from the ritualised worlds of Freemasonry and similar organisations, to everyday life in rural settings and the globalised spaces of the factory or retail park. This is the first time a UK artist has been granted such long-term access to Masonic organisations and their meetings. Barnes mixes stills photography, video and collected objects to weave a rich, and at times surreal, tale about life in the South Wales Valleys and the areas bordering England.

David Drake, Ffotogallery’s Director, comments:

“David Barnes is a great storyteller, capturing both the strange and familiar. This exhibition offers a remarkable ‘insider’ perspective on some extraordinary practices that lie behind everyday reality in Wales”.

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Exhibition Preview / Thursday 13 October 2016 / 6pm / FREE

Tea & Cake Tuesday / Tuesday 18 October 2016 / 11am – 4pm / FREE

Jana Romanova – Adopted Welsh

from Adopted Welsh, © Jana Romanova

20 October – 19 November 2016

11 High Street, Cardiff, CF10 1AW

What does it mean to be Welsh? If you want to integrate into the Welsh community, what should you wear, and how do you need to behave to be accepted?

These are some of the questions posed by Russian artist Jana Romanova in this body of work Adopted Welsh.

Developed as part of a Ffotogallery residency in 2015 within the European Prospects international programme, Romanova crowd sourced ideas, calling out to people across Wales with the question “If I was to become Welsh, what would my future here look like?”

Travelling across Wales, she did exactly what people suggested she should do – sing in a choir, play and watch rugby, join a historical re-enactment society, become a local schoolteacher.

This first exhibition of the resulting work shows in warm, and often hilarious, terms what it means for a Russian woman to become ‘adopted Welsh’. The exhibition will be presented in a new temporary city centre venue and Ffotogallery is delighted be partnering with Cardiff Contemporary for their third citywide festival with the theme “Communication”.

David Drake, Ffotogallery’s Director, comments:

“Hailing from St Petersburg, Jana Romanova is a very exciting photographic artist and we are proud to be presenting her work during Cardiff Contemporary 2016. With a highly participatory approach, alongside her photography and video work the artist uses her own body and performance, questioning her own identity and exploring the different roles photography plays within our society”.

Looking / Talking / Thinking / Making

Photo by Ian Hall

Photo credit: Ian Hall

Drop in and take advantage of our family explorer activities. Enhance your experience of the exhibition with a staff guide and exhibition explorer activity sheet that will help you look at images with a new perspective, start creative conversations and make your own images.

Date: Tuesday – Friday, 16 July – 3rd September 2016

Time: 11am – 4pm

Tutor: Ffotogallery Education Team

Location: Ffotogallery, Turner House, Plymouth Road, Penarth, CF64 3DH

Price: Free

Penarth Photobook Project

Family-easter-407x271Every Wednesday, join us in a practical photography workshop suitable for families and adults. Work with a photographer and learn to use your phone camera effectively to describe places, people and events. Edit and print your work as a mini photo book telling your photo-story of Penarth.

Date: Every Wednesday during the school holidays, starting from 27th July.

Time: 11am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm

Tutor: Ffotogallery Education Team

Location: Ffotogallery, Turner House, Plymouth Road, Penarth, CF64 3DH

Price: Free

Selfie to Self-Portrait

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Photo credit: Dan Green

Make a professional profile picture in studio conditions, and learn professional techniques to make successful portraits of yourself and others for web, using just your smartphone, natural light and free editing software.

Requirements: Smartphone / Camera

Date: Tuesday 16 August 2016 / Tuesday 23 August 2016

Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Michal Iwanowski

Location: Ffotogallery Darkroom 1, Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

Price: £30

These workshops require a minimum number of students to run.


Enrol online now

Large Format Photography Taster

An introduction to large format photography and an opportunity to use a 5×4 viewing camera to produce unique and beautiful photographic images. You will be able to compose and take your own large format portraits with studio lighting and long exposures, and develop them in the darkroom.

Date: Saturday 30 July 2016 / Saturday 13 August 2016

Time: 11am-2pm

Tutor: Sarah Hayton

Location: Ffotogallery Darkroom 1, Chapter, Market Road, Canton, CF5 1QE

Price: £20

These workshops require a minimum number of students to run.

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Product & Lifestyle: Professionalise your Online Imagery

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Stand out on eBay, Airbnb and in the blogosphere by learning how to give your everyday images a professional boost. Turn your smartphone and kitchen table into a professional studio to give your photographs the high-end finish that will enhance your online presence.


Requirements: Apple or Android Smartphone, Snapseed app (available from ios App store and Google Play)

Date: Thursday 18 August 2016 / Thursday 25 August 2016

Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Michal Iwanowski

Location: Ffotogallery Darkroom 1, Chapter, Market Road, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

Price: £30

These workshops require a minimum number of students to run.

Enrol online now