Forthcoming Talks and Events
1-31 May 2013
Diffusion is a new biennial photography festival staged in Cardiff, Wales’ capital city. Alongside international names, Diffusion will showcase some of the best photography and lens-based media talent in Wales, providing a global platform aimed at the wider arts and media community and encouraging new visitors to the capital. The festival will use both traditional and new media to create a strong visual presence across existing venues, found spaces and through interventions in the public realm. It will provide opportunities for creative participation for people of all ages, including artist talks and workshops, a PhotoMarathon, photo book fair and independent publishing weekend, schools’ programmes and photographic rambles around the city. The Diffusion website will also be an exciting interactive platform, enabling visitors to Cardiff and others around the world to join in festival activities.
See the Diffusion Festival website for more information.
Reardon Smith Theatre, National Museum Cardiff
Friday 3 May 2013, 10.30am – 5pm
Tickets £30 / £20 (students), plus booking fee
This one-day symposium explores questions around ‘The Photograph’ and the status and meaning of the photographic object in visual culture. The keynote speech by internationally renowned artist Richard Wentworth will be followed by three panel sessions – Create, Curate and Collect – chaired by Professor Mark Durden (University of Wales Newport), Clare Grafik (The Photographer’s Gallery) and Christiane Monarchi (Photomonitor).
We invite the audience to explore with our speakers current trends in collecting photography, new contexts for curating the photographic image and the conundrum of photography’s ambiguous place in contemporary art.
See the Diffusion Festival website for full programme info.
Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May
All events take place at Chapter
Booking: 029 2030 4400 / www.chapter.org
This weekend-long event, organised through a partnership between Ffotogallery and Chapter, puts the focus on publishing, from artists’ DIY activity through to larger, established publishing houses, magazines and galleries.
Saturday 25 May, 11am – 5pm & Sunday 26 May, 10am – 5pm
The publishing fair welcomes all to celebrate, explore and engage in a wealth of international contemporary book arts and print practice. On Saturday there will be a series of Q&A sessions with selected contributors and throughout the weekend will be various launches and signings.
Sunday 26 May, 11am – 5pm
£15 / BOOK NOW
This event will open up creative dialogue and enquiry into documentary and art photography publishing today, with a lively programme of presentations and panel discussions. Bringing together photographers, publishers and other industry specialists, debate will centre around shifts in publishing as practice; the mechanisms of production and distribution; legacies, contexts and considering exhibitions of photobooks. Ken Grant will also be back by popular demand presenting new 5 minute Book Reviews.
Ticket price includes tea and coffee and a packed lunch.
1 – 31 May / diffusionfestival.org
Platform is an online debating tool on the Diffusion website, where a series of provocations will be presented for discussion and debate. Platform is a place where artists and photographers can come together and interrogate the issues raised by Diffusion: where photography is now and how it shapes our view of the world.
Wednesday 8 May - “Everyone is a photographer now”
Speaker: Matt Dunham
Wednesday 15 May - “The artist is not responsible to anyone”
Speaker: Shaun Featherstone
Wednesday 22 May - “We will evolve to be photographed”
Wednesday 30 May - “There is nothing left to photograph”
At Fire Island
A series of free evening events will be held in the city, each dedicated to one of the Platform themes and led by prominent artists and thinkers. There will be space for discussion and reflection in an informal setting.
Limited places, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To accompany each exhibition, the gallery hosts evening and weekend discussion events, ‘in-conversations’ or ‘walk and talks’ with the exhibiting artists and guest speakers. These are free to attend and are a great way to learn more about the artworks in the gallery, how they have been made and the wider context of the work.