Diffusion 2015 – Looking For America

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Diffusion 2015 — Looking for America was the second biennial Cardiff International Festival of Photography. Between 1-31 October 2015, some 30 exhibitions were presented across 20 venues in Cardiff, with a Diffusion extension programme till 22 November featuring presentations by five artists at Wales Millennium Centre and A&B Oriel in Cardiff Bay.

Diffusion 2015 attracted 80,698 exhibition visitors, and 1564 participants in workshops, events and projects.

The festival featured work by prominent international artists such as Todd Hido, Will Steacy, Jeff Brouws, Dave Jordano, Jona Frank, Stacy Kranitz, Serge Clement, George Barber, Arthur Tress, David Magnusson, Julian Germain and Martin Parr, and work by established and emergent Wales-based artists such as David Hurn, Tony Othen, Roger Tiley, Jack Latham, Clementine Schneidermann, Bandia Ribeira, Janire Najera, Matt Wright, Pete Evans and Faye Chamberlain.

There was an extensive accompanying learning and public engagement programme that included an international symposium, portfolio review event, bilingual Welsh-English publications and learning resources, artist-led workshops, talks and events, guided tours for school and college groups and various family orientated participatory events. At the invitation of Ffotogallery, The Caravan Gallery undertook a hugely successful month-long residency during the festival as part of their national Pride of Place tour, based at The Abacus but travelling in their mobile gallery to various locations in and around the city to directly work with local communities.

The festival also provided a platform for the Tu Fewn commission of disabled artist Zoe Partington, engaging disabled artists and participants in the festival, and exciting public realm projects such as the Ffotomatic vending machines sited around the city.

Browse the festival documentation at re:Diffusion and watch the Diffusion 2015 final movie here

 

Hidden Presence

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In partnership with Chepstow Museum and the University of the West of England, Ffotogallery and the artist Eva Sajovic have been working with participants in schools and community groups in Monmouthshire, Cardiff and Neath to produce an exhibition and interactive online platform inspired by the life of Nathaniel Wells.

Nathaniel Wells was the son of a slave owner and enslaved woman, who through an extraordinary series of events progressed from the sugar plantations of the West Indies to a position of high social standing and wealth in 19th Century Britain. Taking his life as inspiration, and the complex moral issues that surrounded it, the project creatively challenges the notion that forced labour and the global exploitation of people is confined to our history, rather than something that continues to effect everyday life here in Wales.

The schools and groups explored the social history of Wales’ international trade links, and what it means to be Welsh – particularly for people who for social, racial or economic reasons feel outside of mainstream society. Through exploration of the importance of Nathaniel’s life in the context of contemporary society, the work presented here hopes to raise awareness of the rich cultural history of the area and to generate discussion around ethnicity, contemporary forms of slavery and its legacy.

The project also encouraged young adults to explore their own experiences and ideas surrounding exploitation, including sexual exploitation, through writing and image making. It fostered thought around the use of photography and film in social media, in terms of ownership and vulnerability.

The project has been followed by the Hidden Presence blog, which documented the process and displayed snippets of the work on an ongoing basis. The resulting work can be viewed on the Hidden Presence website.
The Hidden Presence exhibition is on show at Chepstow Museum from 6 February to mid-April 2016

Current News

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Current News

Ffotogallery exhibitions on tour  – Eva Sajovic’s work produced for Hidden Presence  is at Chepstow Museum from 6 February until mid-April, to be followed by Julian Germain.  Bi Nam – Image and Identity in Iran will show at Richmond House, Bristol University from 1 – 22 April.

Three of the artists shown at Diffusion 2015 have since won major awards. Dave Jordano won the Canadian $50,000 Aimia Photography Prize, John Paul Evans won a Hasselblad Masters Award 2016 and Jack Latham won the Bar Tur Photobook Award 2015

 

Ffotogallery Online

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Ffotogallery Online

Check out Ffotogallery’s ground breaking new online projects including Experience Wales in Venice offering unique insights into our presentation at the Venice Biennale 2015, the Re:Diffusion virtual festival experience and European Prospects portal website for photography in Europe.
Click here to enjoy our Diffusion 2015 final movie

Wales in Venice

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Wales in Venice

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.

…the rest is smoke comprises a suite of new work conceived for and presented in five discrete spaces within the Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, a church and former convent in the Castello area of Venice. The title of the exhibition is taken from an inscription in Mantegna’s last painting of St. Sebastian, now housed in the Ca’ d’Oro in Venice: Nihil nisi divinum stabile est. Caetera fumus.

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. 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.

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.

 

 

And Now It’s Dark…

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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.

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2016 Courses Enrolling

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2016 Courses Enrolling

Summer 2016

We are now enrolling for our Summer 2016 terms of accredited courses in photography and digital media.

Summer term courses start in early May so please enrol soon to guarantee a place.

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Photo credit: Caroline Payne

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)