2015 | Momentum

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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

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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 www.experiencewalesinvenice.org 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.

www.experiencewalesinvenice.org

If you would like to discuss a group exhibition visit to Venice, please contact Ffotogallery’s Education Officer Clare Charles (clare@ffotogallery.org /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 / emma@ffotogallery.org

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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

Corinne Silva – Garden State

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Current Exhibition – Corinne Silva Garden State

7 March – 2 May 2015

In Garden State, artist Corinne Silva uses photographic and sound installations to examine how gardens and planting are fertile terrain for ideological struggle and the colonisation of territory.

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Corinne Silva – Garden State Events

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Untitled 006, from Gardening the Suburbs, 2014 © Corinne Silva

In Garden State, artist Corinne Silva uses photographic and sound installations to examine how gardens and planting are fertile terrain for ideological struggle and the colonisation of territory.

Tea & Cake Tuesday / Tues 10 March / 11.00am – 4.00pm / Free – drop in
Artist Talk / Fri 6 March / 6.00 – 7.00pm / Free
Exhibition Reception / Fri 6 March / 7.00 – 8.30pm / Free

Jon Tonks – Empire

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from Empire, 2007-13 © Jon Tonks

6 June – 18 July

Empire is a fascinating journey across the South Atlantic exploring life on four remote islands – the British Overseas Territories of Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, the Falkland Islands and St. Helena. These distant places are relics of the once formidable British Empire, all intertwined through their shared history.

Photographer Jon Tonks spent up to a month at a time in each territory, travelling 60,000 miles around the Atlantic via military outposts, low-lit airstrips and a long voyage aboard the last working Royal Mail Ship. Some 400 rolls of film, 24 flights and 32 days at sea later, the resulting work creates an insight that resonates with a sense of Britishness which is remarkably recognisable yet inescapably strange.

West Midlands born, Jon has photographed the people, the landscapes and the traces of the past embedded within each territory and through short texts, which combine history and anecdote, he tells the story of these remote and remarkable islands. His motivation is neither political nor nostalgic, the images arising primarily from his curiosity about the lives of these distant lands that remain very firmly British.

Empire is co-produced by mac birmingham, the Library of Birmingham, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Grain Photography Hub and Impressions Gallery, Bradford.

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Tea & Cake Tuesday / Tues 9 June / 11.00am – 4.00pm / Free – drop in
Artist talk / Fri 5 June / 6.00 – 7.00pm / Free
Exhibition opening / Fri 5 June / 7.00 – 8.30pm

Current Exhibition – Jon Tonks’ Empire

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Current Exhibition – Jon Tonks’ Empire

6 June – 18 July

Empire is a fascinating journey across the South Atlantic exploring life on four remote islands – the British Overseas Territories of Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, the Falkland Islands and St. Helena. These distant places are relics of the once formidable British Empire, all intertwined through their shared history.

Find out more….

Visitor information

2014 | Tom Wood Family Archive

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As part of the Tom Wood Landscapes exhibition, the education team invited members of the public to share their own photographic family archive. The photographs people brought in were scanned and printed, and became part of a wider discussion around the rules and social coding of the family album. In addition there were three workshops held around creating online photobooks, working with artists Faye Chamberlin and Jo Sutton.