Looking / Talking / Thinking / Making

Photo by Ian Hall

Photo credit: Ian Hall

Drop in and take advantage of our family explorer activities. Enhance your experience of the exhibition with a staff guide and exhibition explorer activity sheet that will help you look at images with a new perspective, start creative conversations and make your own images.

Date: Tuesday – Friday, 16 July – 3rd September 2016

Time: 11am – 4pm

Tutor: Ffotogallery Education Team

Location: Ffotogallery, Turner House, Plymouth Road, Penarth, CF64 3DH

Price: Free

Penarth Photobook Project

Family-easter-407x271Every Wednesday, join us in a practical photography workshop suitable for families and adults. Work with a photographer and learn to use your phone camera effectively to describe places, people and events. Edit and print your work as a mini photo book telling your photo-story of Penarth.

Date: Every Wednesday during the school holidays, starting from 27th July.

Time: 11am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm

Tutor: Ffotogallery Education Team

Location: Ffotogallery, Turner House, Plymouth Road, Penarth, CF64 3DH

Price: Free

Selfie to Self-Portrait

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Photo credit: Dan Green

Make a professional profile picture in studio conditions, and learn professional techniques to make successful portraits of yourself and others for web, using just your smartphone, natural light and free editing software.

Requirements: Smartphone / Camera

Date: Tuesday 16 August 2016 / Tuesday 23 August 2016

Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Michal Iwanowski

Location: Ffotogallery Darkroom 1, Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

Price: £30

These workshops require a minimum number of students to run.


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Large Format Photography Taster

An introduction to large format photography and an opportunity to use a 5×4 viewing camera to produce unique and beautiful photographic images. You will be able to compose and take your own large format portraits with studio lighting and long exposures, and develop them in the darkroom.

Date: Saturday 30 July 2016 / Saturday 13 August 2016

Time: 11am-2pm

Tutor: Sarah Hayton

Location: Ffotogallery Darkroom 1, Chapter, Market Road, Canton, CF5 1QE

Price: £20

These workshops require a minimum number of students to run.

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Product & Lifestyle: Professionalise your Online Imagery

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Stand out on eBay, Airbnb and in the blogosphere by learning how to give your everyday images a professional boost. Turn your smartphone and kitchen table into a professional studio to give your photographs the high-end finish that will enhance your online presence.


Requirements: Apple or Android Smartphone, Snapseed app (available from ios App store and Google Play)

Date: Thursday 18 August 2016 / Thursday 25 August 2016

Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Michal Iwanowski

Location: Ffotogallery Darkroom 1, Chapter, Market Road, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

Price: £30

These workshops require a minimum number of students to run.

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Corinne Silva – Garden State


Yn y monograff newydd hwn, bydd yr artist Corinne Silva yn ystyried y modd y mae garddio, fel mapio, yn fodd o ddyrannu tiriogaeth. Rhwng 2010 a 2013, aeth Silva ar gyfres o ymweliadau i diroedd dadleuol Israel. Teithiodd ar hyd dau ar hugain o aneddiadau Israel gan dynnu lluniau o erddi cyhoeddus a phreifat. Mae Silva’n cyflwyno’r daith ffotograffig weledol gyfoethog hon ac yn archwilio statws y gerddi yn y tiroedd meddianedig hyn fel tystiolaeth gorfforol a symbolaidd o wladychiad parhaus.

Mae’r cyhoeddiad hefyd yn cynnwys tabl tacsonomegol o blanhigion cytrefol gan Sabina Knees (botanegydd planhigion y Dwyrain Canol yn y Gerddi Botanegol Brenhinol yng Nghaeredin), traethawd gan yr Athro Val Williams (curadur a Chyfarwyddwr y Ganolfan Ffotograffiaeth ac Ymchwil Archifol) a sgwrs rhwng yr artist a’r Athro Eyal Weizman (pensaer a Chyfarwyddwr Pensaernïaeth Fforensig) sydd yn fyfyrdod ar y berthynas wleidyddol rhwng gerddi a gwladychiad a ddatblygodd ers dechrau’r ddeunawfed ganrif.

Cyhoeddir Garden State, ac fe’i cyd-gynhyrchwyd hefyd, gan Ffotogallery, Caerdydd, Ystafelloedd Mosaic, Llundain, Canolfan Ffotograffiaeth ac Ymchwil Archifol UAL, a Choleg Cyfathrebu Llundain. Fe’i cefnogir gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Sefydliad A M Qattan a Phrifysgol y Celfyddydau, Llundain.

Summer Workshops 2016

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Summer Workshops 2016

We are pleased to welcome back our popular Summer Workshops in photography, studio lighting and web design. From July – September we have a wide-ranging programme of affordable 1 day long introductory courses open to all adults (16+, no experience necessary).

Click here for more info.

Where Will I Be


From Prince, 2015 © Huw Alden Davies


Ray ‘Skint’ Jones, Bill ‘Pegleg’ Jones at the Cambrian Inn, Blaenafon © Walter Waygood

16 July – 3 September 2016

Turner House

Where will I be in 5 years time? Where will I be in 30 years time?

Youth is a time of hope and ambition, change and uncertainty, of prospects both good and bad.

Where Will I Be features two Welsh photographers, Walter Waygood and Huw Alden Davies, whose work is rooted in the place they come from, the South Wales Valleys, and revolves around their immediate family, friends and a colourful cast of local characters.

For Walter Waygood, who photographed in Blaenavon and Merthyr in the late 1970s/early 1980s, there is ‘beauty in the ordinary’ and nobility in the lives of the people he grew up with, however mixed their fortunes turned out to be. Recently returning to his spiritual home of Merthyr after twenty years ‘in exile’ in England, there is a contemporary resonance in Waygood’s images from a time when political viewpoints were grounded in family discussions around the dinner table “where you debate and iron out differences in the attempt to put the world to right“.

Arranged as a collection of photographs and short texts, Huw Alden Davies’ ‘Prince’ is a detailed and often humorous study of the artist’s father, a by-product of a generation and its slanted views of the world. The story unfolds in the village of Tumble, where Davies and his family still live. As the artist explains,

“This project is not only an attempt to reconnect with this childhood notion, but to try and record and capture the essence of a man and his eccentricities. To document a side unknown to others and to explore the physiological or even cultural elements that inform the image that should have been my role model.”

Related Events

Exhibition Opening & Artist Talk / Friday 15 July 2016 / from 6pm / Free

2016 Courses Enrolling

Tess Seymour ©, Runner-up from Summer 2014, Introduction to Photography 1: Beginners

 Autumn 2016 – Courses Enrolling 

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

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

Enrol now

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Photo credit: Tess Seymour



Garden State Book Launch Events


The Photographer’s Gallery, London / 9 June 2016 / 6pm

Book signing followed by in conversation with Ffotogallery director David Drake

Photobook Bristol / 12 June 2016 / 11.45am

Book signing

The Mosaic Rooms, London / 18 June / 2pm

Book launch and in conversation with Middle Eastern plant expert Sabina Knees

In this new monograph, artist Corinne Silva considers how gardening, like mapping, is a way of allocating territory. Between 2010 and 2013, Silva made a series of visits to Israeli occupied territories. She travelled across twenty-two Israeli settlements making photographs of public and private gardens. Silva presents this visually rich photographic journey and examines how the gardens in these occupied lands are both material and symbolic evidence of a continuing colonisation.

The publication also features a taxonomical table of colonising plants by Sabina Knees (Middle Eastern plant botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh), an essay by Professor Val Williams (curator and Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre), and the artist in conversation with Professor Eyal Weizman (architect and Director of Forensic Architecture) reflecting on the work and the political relationship between gardens and colonisation that has existed from the eighteenth century to the present day.

Garden State is co-produced by Ffotogallery, Cardiff, The Mosaic Rooms, London, and UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC), London College of Communication, and supported by the Arts Council of Wales, A.M. Qattan Foundation and University of the Arts London.