2014 – 2015 Hidden Presence
Working in partnership with Chepstow Museum and the University of the West of England, and artist Eva Sajovic, Hidden Presence invited participants from schools and community groups in Monmouthshire, Cardiff and Neath to produce artwork for exhibition, and an 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 project worked with children and vulnerable young people living in South East Wales using photography and digital media as a means to explore pupils’ understanding about how history and slavery has built the landscape around them, and shaped the society they recognise.