Ffotogallery Presents…

© Rob Stevens

© Duarte Pereira

13-31 January 2018, The Gate Arts Centre, Roath

A celebration of photography produced by our talented students in 2016 – 2017

 

Ffotogallery has believed in the power of photography for 40 years. Throughout 2018 we celebrate reaching our 40th birthday through a series of special exhibitions, projects and events. Some of these look back to 1978 and the development of the photography scene in Wales since then, others look forward to how the making and sharing of images will evolve in the next four decades. We also showcase the most exciting photographers and lens-based artists practising today, nationally and internationally.

Our programme of photography and digital media courses, offered in partnership with Cardiff School of Art and Design, are artist-led and take place in small groups in an enjoyable informal atmosphere.  Students are encouraged to develop their ideas through a series of practical projects and illustrated talks exploring the impact of photography and digital media in a cultural and historical context. We provide a variety of modules, from Introduction to Photography: Beginner & Intermediate, to Photographing People, Language of Photography, Creative Web Design and Digital Video.

Ffotogallery also regularly works with arts and educational partners in Wales and internationally to ensure that artists, audiences and participants have a deep and wide-ranging engagement with contemporary photography, moving image and digital media practice.

Ffotogallery’s ambition for 2018 is to create a world-class centre for photography and digital media in the heart of Cardiff, Wales’ capital city. A truly 21st century centre rooted in its local context, offering creative opportunity for people from all walks of life, whilst being outwardly focused and global in its reach and impact.

Dawn Woolley – Consumed: Stilled Lives

Dawn Woolley – Consumed: Stilled Lives

13 Jan – 3 Feb 2018

Extraordinary, and at times shocking, still life images connecting the consumer and the act of consuming will go on show in Penarth in January. The exhibition features new work by Cardiff-based artist Dawn Woolley, and runs from 13 January to 3 February 2018 at Ffotogallery’s Turner House gallery. The exhibition preview is at 6pm on Friday 12 January and includes the artist in conversation with David Drake, Ffotogallery’s Director.

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Dawn Woolley – Consumed: Stilled Lives

Celebrate (Blancmange Dentata2)

Celebrate (Scales2)

13 January – 3 February 2018, Turner House

Extraordinary, and at times shocking, still life images connecting the consumer and the act of consuming will go on show in Penarth in January. The exhibition features new work by Cardiff-based artist Dawn Woolley, and runs from 13 January to 3 February 2018 at Ffotogallery’s Turner House gallery. The exhibition preview is at 6pm on Friday 12 January and includes the artist in conversation with David Drake, Ffotogallery’s Director.

Woolley is a visual artist who uses photography, video, installation and performance. The exhibition provides a contemporary take on the traditional concept of still life painting, which grew in popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries. Often featuring silver plates, ornate glassware and expensive foodstuffs such as shellfish and exotic fruit, still life paintings became a fashionable way for the Dutch and Flemish to illustrate their wealth.

As the artist states: “The term ‘consume’ describes the act of eating as well as purchasing a commodity. The still life table expresses this dual meaning because the objects on display are edible and indicate an individual’s social position.

I therefore approach the still life table as a portrait of a particular type of consumer. This allows me to view food in a still life as an expression of a relation between an individual and consumer society, and a symbol of the effect commodity consumption has on the consumer’s body.”

Consumed: Stilled Lives is part of a year long series of special exhibitions, projects and events celebrating Ffotogallery 40th anniversary.

 

Related Events

Exhibition Preview / Friday 12 January 2018, 6pm / Free

Mike Perry’s Sketchbooks

Take a look inside Mike’s sketchbooks and gain insights into the evolution of his ideas from initial drawings and research to finished artworks.

Mike Perry – Sketchbooks from Ffotogallery on Vimeo.

Moor / Plastic

An audio guide and sound piece.  Mike talks about his work, the Welsh landscape, and the complex issues which surround it, against a backdrop of sound collected and performed in the environment by composer Matthew Lovett

 

Route to Roots

20 – 26 October

Ffotogallery at The Angel, Castle Street, Cardiff

Ffotogallery is delighted to present a vibrant new exhibition of photographs, costumes and video exploring the significance of carnival arts in shaping community identity in the United Kingdom, Africa and the Caribbean. A special launch event takes place at 6pm on Thursday 19 October at Ffotogallery at the Angel, Castle Street, Cardiff, and the exhibition runs for a week.

Timed to coincide with Black History Month, the exhibition marks the culmination of the Route to Roots project, which brought together artists and critical thinkers working in diverse art forms such as music, fine arts, theatre, dance, crochet, masquerade and carnival for a 7-day residency culminating in a public performance installation at the Butetown Carnival and the Hub Festival in Cardiff.

Route to Roots grew out of extensive research by Cardiff-based artist Adeola Dewis on how Carnival is a performance of re-presentation, combining cultural heritage and stories of historical, philosophical, spiritual significance from the African diasporic experience.  The idea was to show how these stories and traditions can be shared through costume, music and dance in a public space. 

As Adeola Dewis explains:

“This project was conceived as part of my response to the publicity of violence and killings by the police of mostly black men (and women) and the Black Lives Matter movement that followed. I asked the question: what is that thing that connects us?

In this project I was thinking about the ways in which we as diaspora people intersect. Interested in where and how we find and celebrate and highlight our common ground, our power, our voice, our magic. I use magic to refer to when energy comes together to work, to produce a positive action and set of circumstances”.

A special Route to Roots publication, published by Ffotogallery, accompanies the exhibition and will be available to schools, colleges and community groups.

The Route to Roots project was initiated by Adeola Dewis in partnership with Ffotogallery and funded by Arts Council Wales.

Related Events

Exhibition Preview / Thursday 19 October / 6.00pm / FREE

Ffotogallery Presents…

Ffotogallery Presents…

13 January 2018, The Gate, Roath

We warmly invite you to join us for the exhibition preview of Ffotogallery Presents…, a celebration of the work produced by Ffotogallery’s talented students over the past 18 months. The exhibition will be on show at The Gate Arts Centre for a month.

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2017 | Women, War and Peace

Young People Voicing Peace

Inspired by the work of Lee Karen Stow for the ‘Women, war and peace’ exhibition, and linked to the commemorations for the WW1, students from six secondary schools were asked to look at the ways in which people in Wales has responded to war and searched for peace and in the last 100 years. The students were produced short films or digital stories, from history (the war effort, conscientious objection to military recruitment) to current affairs (women’s rights, the refugee crisis). The students worked closely with Ffotogallery tutor Michal Iwanowski and Wales for Peace Learning Coordinator Jane Harries, exercising their research skills, image making skills, and finally editing skills. In total, 23 diverse and exciting films have been produced, showcasing the students’ creative and often innovative approach to their chosen topics.

These films will be kept permanently on the Wales for Peace ‘peace map’, and will form the basis of the Wales for Peace/National Assembly schools conference in September.

http://www.walesforpeace.org/wfp/peacemap

 

A comprehensive guide to producing your own documentary project.

Photographer Lee Stow, in association with Wales For Peace and Ffotogallery, discusses her experiences from working on ‘Poppies: Women, War, and Peace,’ and shares advice for young photographers who plan to develop a strong and coherent documentary project. Lee’s insights and tips give professional context to our step-by-step practical guide and video.

https://www.diffusionfestival.org/news/2017/women-war-and-peace

2017 | A Mini Revolution!

The Children of Radnor Road primary school make their thoughts about today’s politics clear in their brilliant poem and animation.

If you build a wall

If you build a wall
we can knock it down with morse code
bang a drum, play flutes and piano
sing, scream, and shout
stamp, clap and laugh

If you build a wall
we’ll throw medicine over
food and bouncy balls
message on paper aeroplanes
presents and things left behind

If you build a wall
we’ll fly on santa’s reindeer
teleport, jet pack, hot air ballon
float inside a bubble
levitate or use rocket boots

If you build a wall
we’ll use a wrecking ball
sledgehammer, a cannon,
crash a train, dig a tunnel…

YOU CAN’T STOP US!

The film was made by Ffotogallery working with Radnor Primary School in partnership with A2 Connect: Arts And Education Network Central South as part of the Tidy! 2017 project.

2017 | Tidy!

Tidy! is a multi arts project for KS1 and KS2, that encourages children to engage with questions surrounding the environment, sustainable living and our everyday lives – how can we create a tidy playground, a tidy school, a tidy town and a tidy planet? Questions are used as a stimulus to create poetry, music and visual art.

 Year 1 pupils age 5, explored simple photography, animation and edible art to illustrate their poem on friendship, community, and healthy eating.

 The film was made by Ffotogallery working with Radnor Primary School in partnership with A2 Connect: Arts And Education Network Central South as part of the Tidy! 2017 project.