Chronicle

,Sylt’ © André Gelpke, from ‘New German Photography’ exhibition, 1980

4 May – 4 August 2018, Turner House

In September 1978, the first gallery in Wales dedicated to photography opened in Charles Street, Cardiff, under the name Yr Oriel Ffotograffeg. Changing its name to Ffotogallery in 1981, the organisation continues to thrive forty years on and plans to open new city centre premises in Cardiff in its birthday month of September 2018.

Chronicle is a new exhibition that draws on archival and contemporary material to tell the story of how Ffotogallery developed over those forty years, against the backdrop of changes in the nature and role of photography in society and the rise of digital culture. The exhibition will show how Ffotogallery gave early exposure for photographers and artists such as Martin Parr, Paul Graham, Helen Sear and Bedwyr Williams who went on to enjoy international success. It will document Ffotogallery’s longstanding focus on the South Wales Valleys through a series of commissions and exhibitions documenting the Valleys in various aspects during a period of rapid transition. Chronicle will also celebrate Ffotogallery’s international engagement, through publications and touring exhibitions, the European Prospects initiative, Wales in Venice 2015, the Dreamtigers India-Wales project, and three editions of the biennial Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography.

Since its inception 40 years ago, Ffotogallery has been at the forefront of developing a contemporary photographic culture in Wales through our commissioning and presentation of new work in exhibitions and at international festivals and events, through extensive print and online publishing, our support for emerging photographic and lens-based artists, and our pioneering education and outreach work that offers opportunities for creative participation for a wide cross-section of the community.

Chronicle sets the scene for the next phase of Ffotogallery’s work, in which a new generation of photographers and lens-based artists will emerge at a time when we increasingly receive and present creative content across both physical and virtual platforms. With so many images shared online, will there still be a demand for art galleries and traditional exhibitions? If so, what work will be presented in which kind of spaces? What skills do photographers and artists need to build a successful career? How can Wales become more globally connected through photography and digital media? These questions and more will be addressed through a series of talks, workshops and events accompanying the Chronicle exhibition.

At the Chronicle exhibition preview on Thursday 3 May 2018, David Drake will reveal Ffotogallery’s plans for its new city centre base, and launch the 40th anniversary fundraising campaign for fit out and development of this new international centre for photography in the heart of Cardiff.

 

Related Events

Special Preview Event / Thursday 3 May, 6pm / RSVP to [email protected]

Tea & Cake Tuesday / Tuesday 8 May, 11am – 4pm / Free

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses

We are happy to announce that our Summer term is now open for  enrolment, and courses will be running from The Arts Academy in Cardiff City Centre, in partnership with Bridgend College.

Ffotogallery offer a range of courses in photography and digital media that suit people of all abilities and are easily bookable on our website.

 

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Chronicle

Chronicle

In September 1978, the first gallery in Wales dedicated to photography opened in Charles Street, Cardiff, under the name Yr Oriel Ffotograffeg. Changing its name to Ffotogallery in 1981, the organisation continues to thrive forty years on and plans to open new city centre premises in Cardiff in its birthday month of September 2018.

Chronicle is a new exhibition that draws on archival and contemporary material to tell the story of how Ffotogallery developed over those forty years, against the backdrop of changes in the nature and role of photography in society and the rise of digital culture.

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Zeitgeist

from Value © Marta Mak

from Passengers © César Dezfuli

2 – 31 March, Turner House

2018 marks Ffotogallery’s 40th anniversary, and as the national agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales, we celebrate reaching that milestone through a series of special exhibitions, projects and events.

At Turner House in March, Ffotogallery presents Zeitgeist, featuring work by ten emerging artists from five continents, including Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 winner César Dezfuli’s Passengers, striking portraits of migrants rescued from a rubber boat drifting in the Mediterranean Sea. Marta Mak’s Value explores how like alchemy we can create new value out of plastic packaging and other discarded products, transforming waste into a socially useful resource. One hundred years after the 1917 revolution, Alexander Anufriev’s Russia Close-Up examines political apathy in modern Russia and how censorship and propaganda fuels unhealthy nationalism. Medhi Bahmed’s Entre-Deux (Interval) uncovers the discomfort Muslim and Arab refugees and immigrants feel in the light of recent terror attacks, and the rise of hate crime and right wing populism in Europe.

Zeitgeist offers a selection of work submitted in response to Diffusion 2017’s global Open Call. In different ways, the artists capture the spirit of our times, highlighting what is going on, offering new insights and challenging the status quo. With our various news feeds latterly dominated by Brexit, Trump, climate change, poverty, religious intolerance, the migrant and refugee crisis, border control and gentrification, Zeitgeist interrogates what this all means for the individual and society moving forward.

Participating artists include:

Alexander Anufriev, Blazej Marczak, César Dezfuli, Demetris Koilalous, Hiro Tanaka, James A. Hudson, Marta Mak, Mehdi Bahmed, Phil Hatcher-Moore, and Verena Prenner

 

Ffotoview

Ffotoview – Megan Winstone

We are proud to present our Ffotoview project, a monthly calendar presenting photographic talent in Wales.

This month we feature Megan Winstone.

 

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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.

Zeitgeist

Zeitgeist – Various Artists

2 – 31 March 2018

Zeitgeist offers a selection of work submitted in response to Diffusion 2017’s global Open Call. In different ways, the artists capture the spirit of our times, highlighting what is going on, offering new insights and challenging the status quo.

 

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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