And Now It’s Dark…


Will Steacy © 2015

1 – 31 October

And Now It’s Dark focuses on the ways that light transforms the darkness. Whether subsumed or illuminating, the presence of light is often revelatory, literally revealing what is hidden or drawing attention to what is often overlooked or unacknowledged. The three photographers, gathered here for the first time in the UK, have been drawn to places and spaces at night and in darkness actively charged by the transformative power of light.

Jeff Brouws’ peripatetic road journeys through the US form a crucial role in his ‘mapping’ of a changing American landscape. Bouws captures the glow of headlamps and neon, the illuminated attractions and distractions of the American roadside, which combine to produce a troubling picture of commercial encroachment and reshaping of the landscape.

Will Steacy’s project, Down These Mean Streets, is the culmination of a series of ‘night walks’ made by the photographer from a variety of regional airports to the financial centres of nearby cities. Steacy’s work confronts the economic hinterlands, abandoned places and ‘peripheral’ resident populations seemingly forgotten or ignored by mainstream American politics.

Although less overtly political in tone, Todd Hido’s night photographs are imbued with a psychological tension and emotional drama that underpin the suburban landscape, a landscape borne of the post-World War II economic boom in 1950s America.

And Now It’s Dark has been curated by Dr. Mark Rawlinson, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Nottingham, with Neil Walker (Head of Visual Arts Programming, Djanogly Gallery), and was first shown at the Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, in 2014.

This exhibition is part of Diffusion, the 2015 Cardiff International Festival of Photography. For more information on the other exhibitions in the festival, please visit the Diffusion website.

Related Events

Tea & Cake Tuesday / October 6th 2015 / 11am to 4pm / Free
Exhibition Opening / TBC

2015 Courses Enrolling

Aikaterini Kofinaki ©

2015 Courses Enrolling

Autumn 2015

We are now enrolling for our Autumn 2015 terms of accredited courses in photography and digital media.

Autumn term courses start mid September so please enrol soon to guarantee a place.

Enrol now

Click here for more info.




Photo credit: Aikaterini Kofinaki

2015 | Momentum


In collaboration with engage and artist Heloise Godfrey Talbot, Ffotogallery worked with a group of young people at Bespoke Education. Bespoke Education works with young people not in mainstream education, in a safe and nurturing environment, with a high number of staff to pupil ratios.

The group worked with Godfrey Tablot over a ten week period, to produce a public exhibition, and an audio piece which can be heard below. The young people also worked towards an Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification in the arts.

The project was part of the Momentum Project, funded by Arts Council Wales and in partnership with engage Cymru.

2015 | Easter Photography Workshops at National Museum Cardiff

Museum Workshops with Michal Iwanowksi 2015 25

As part of the Historic Photography exhibition at the National Museum, the Ffotogallery Education team and photographer Michal Iwanowski developed a range of activities to explore techniques and trends of Victorian photography.

Families joined us in painting in light, had their group portrait taken in a pop up portrait studio, and learned techniques for hand colouring.

2015 | Experience Wales in Venice

Experience Wales in Venice learning resource

The Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice 2015 presentation is …the rest is smoke by artist Helen Sear, a Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales and curated by Ffotogallery.

Our accompanying website offers a unique insight into …the rest is smoke exhibition from its development process and installation to the launch week itself. Visit the front page and use the timeline tool to navigate. Scroll left and right to move through time and explore the interactive content – we are making available a wealth of resources for online audiences, such as artist interviews, documentation of the exhibition as it evolves, a gallery of works, essays, as well sound and photography that capture the excitement of the Venice Biennale.

The work is framed by contextual information including interviews, artist statements, commissioned essays, and formal learning resources, as well as suggestions for further research.

The teachers’ learning materials are prepared in partnership with Anona Harris, senior art teacher, advisor, and external examiner with Wales’s examination board WJEC. They provide ways to integrate Helen Sear’s work in a classroom setting for current GCSE and post 16 Art and Design requirements. They contain useful information and ideas for all arts educators.

Experience Wales in Venice provides a platform for the team of 15 artists who are managing the venue through its 7 month exhibition to tell their own stories about their experience of working as part of the Biennale and engaging with international audiences, in a variety of ways including drawing, writing, photography, video and interactive media.

We hope that the website will foster an ongoing rich dialogue around the work of Helen Sear, and provide an important legacy for Wales in Venice 2015.

If you would like to discuss a group exhibition visit to Venice, please contact Ffotogallery’s Education Officer Clare Charles ( /029 20 34 1667)

2014 – 2015 Hidden Presence

Photo by Zosia Krasnowolska

Hidden Presence will explore the extraordinary life of Nathaniel Wells, an 18th-19th century nobleman of mixed heritage, son of a wealthy Cardiff merchant & plantation owner and an enslaved woman.  The project will explore the history of his country seat, Piercefield House, Chepstow; the relationship between the sea ports of South Wales and the West Indies; and it will look at a range of issues linked to cultural heritage, identity, citizenship and what it means to be Welsh today.

If you are a school in Gwent and would be interested in taking part in this exciting multimedia project, please get in touch on 029 2034 1667 /

Follow the blog

Diffusion 2015


Diffusion, Cardiff International Festival of Photography

1 October – 31 October

A month long festival of exhibitions, discussions, screenings, performances, events and celebrations in both physical and virtual spaces and places.

Diffusion 2015’s chosen theme is Looking for America, a cross-disciplinary investigation of the status and meaning of the ‘American Dream’ in relation to experience in Wales, contemporary America and the rest of the world.

Find out more…

Visit the Diffusion Website

Coming Soon – And Now It’s Dark…


Coming Soon – And Now It’s Dark…

1 October – 31 October

This exhibition is part of Diffusion, the 2015 Cardiff International Festival of Photography.

And Now It’s Dark is an exhibition of American night photography. The three photographers featured – Jeff Brouws, Todd Hido and Will Steacy – gathered here for the first time in the UK, have been drawn to places and spaces at night and in darkness actively charged by the transformative power of light.

Find out more…

Visitor information

Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice


Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice

Artist Helen Sear has been selected by the Arts Council of Wales to represent Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice at the 56th International Art Exhibition, running from 9 May to 22 November 2015. Curated by Ffotogallery, her exhibition ‘…the rest is smoke features a suite of five new works, which are both rooted in the local and familiar landscapes of Wales, and respond to the wider context of the Venice Biennale.

Find out more…..

Summer Workshops 2015

Image by Marrissa Mount

Summer Workshops

We are pleased to welcome back our popular Summer Workshops in photography, studio lighting and web design. From July – September we have an exciting programme of affordable 1 – 2 day introductory courses open to all adults (16+), taking place in our classrooms at Chapter, except for ‘Photographic Ramble’.

FREE family activities will also run from our gallery at Turner House.

For full information about all of our Summer Workshops, click here or download our schedule


Photo credit: Marissa Mount