Channel / 28 Apr 2023

April Newsletter

NEW EXHIBITION / The Living Room: running until 11th of May

The Faadi/Y Stafell Fyw/The Living Room is an intergenerational photography and fashion project sharing intimate family settings within Somali Welsh homes. With an emphasis on celebration, the project includes images of young local models in bridal wear, community members modelling cultural clothing such as Hidyaah Dhaqan and Diraq, brotherhood and soft masculinity and the traditional dance of Ciyaar Somali.

This project is a collaboration between Asma Elmi, founder and creative director of Al Naaem, and Young Queens. Al Naaem is a magazine which centres on Black and Muslim fashion, photography and art. Young Queens is an arts group for young Welsh Somali women from Cardiff, founded by Hayaat Women’s Trust, with funding support from Heritage Lottery.

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Image: Hold Still-Keep Going, 1989. From the Robert Frank Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.


We hope you can join us on Friday 5 May, 2.30-5pm, for 'Robert Frank Redux: Another look at the Films & Photography of Robert Frank', which we're delighted to be hosting in partnership with the European Centre for Documentary Research at University of South Wales.

With Robert Frank’s passing in 2019, the time is ripe for a re-appraisal of his immensely varied work. This session will look both at his early iconic work The Americans (1958), the nature of iconicity within this work, and Frank’s later use of polaroids, films, and video as a way to inscribe meaning into the frame through writing, fragmentation, and other forms of articulation.

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OPEN CALL / The Higgins Photography Initiative

The Higgins Photography Initiative is a new initiative launched by Cardiff MADE in partnership with Ffotogallery to run in parallel with our Ffocws scheme which supports emerging artists coming out of Higher Education with a career development programme.

The Higgins Initiative is looking for people to apply who aren’t currently in education and who can demonstrate a significant engagement with photography and lens-based media, with aspirations to continue and develop their photographic practice to a professional level.

Drawing on a pool of expertise from professional photographers and educators across Cardiff and beyond, we will steer up to four selected participants towards presenting a body of work at Ffotogallery in November 2023, in conjunction with the 2023-24 Ffocws cohort of emerging graduate photographers.

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© Paul Reas

SATURDAY TALKS / Higgins Photography Initiative

We are delighted to be co-hosting a series of 'Saturday Talks' as part of the Higgins Photography Initiative open call in collaboration with Cardiff MADE.

After presenting an overview of significant themes and projects in their work, there will be an opportunity for prospective applicants to the Higgins Initiative and current Ffocws scheme cohort to book a slot with the guest speaker to show and discuss aspects of their own work.

This month you can look forward to talks from the likes of Abbie Trayler-Smith, Paul Reas, Clémentine Schneidermann and Faye Chamberlain. Explore the full programme and book your tickets below.

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OPEN CALL / Interventions: Gallery Reset

Don’t forget to enter the Interventions: Gallery Reset open call in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru! Deadline for applications is 19 May.

This is a unique opportunity for artists to experiment in their practice and try out new ways of working to support their professional and artistic development, create new networks and bring exposure to their practice.

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Tea and Cake Tuesday returns on Tuesday 2nd of May 2023! We will be open between 11 am -1 pm with staff on hand to greet you and tell you more about the exhibitions and events coming up at Ffotogallery. We look forward to seeing you and chatting over a cuppa and some cake.

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This month we’re sharing our platform with some wonderful photographers and artists. From Monday, we will be welcoming the talented Tracey Laverre Waters to our account.

Tracey first studied photography at the Australian Centre for Photography, one of the longest-running contemporary art spaces in Australia. Moving back to the UK in 2012 she studied Documentary Photography at Ffotogallery in Wales, taught by photographer, writer and lecturer Michal Iwanoski. She is currently studying for a Masters in Photography at Falmouth University in Cornwall, England, UK, and producing some engaging experimental work. Make sure you’re following us so you don’t miss out.

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© Fabio De Paola

ASSIGNMENTS 23 / 9 June - 8 July

This Summer we are delighted to present Assignments 23 at Ffotogallery, in what will be its first time travelling to Wales. Organised by the British Press Photographers’ Association (the BPPA), this flagship exhibition will feature the best in British press photography selected from an open call. This follows its initial ten day run at London’s Bargehouse on the Southbank in May.

We are excited to host the Assignments 23 exhibition here at Ffotogallery, not only as it’s the first time being exhibited in Wales, but also as it showcases photographs that will play a vital role in helping us to remember and reflect on some of the key events to have taken place in the UK in the last year.

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© Myfanwy MacLeod

Deaf Together

A new, Deaf-led gathering is happening at Chapter, Cardiff on the 4th - 6th of May, that’s open to everyone! Part of Hear We Are, a two-year Deaf-led project by Deaf artist, practitioner and access consultant Jonny Cotsen, in collaboration with Chapter who’ve been working with partners to centre the creative voices of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people across Wales. DEAF TOGETHER brings you three days of events, activity, exhibitions and performance.

This event is by and for Deaf people, but hearing people are also warmly welcomed. The programme is supported by BSL, live captions and simultaneous translation from BSL to English.

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Submit to Source Magazine

On Friday 9 June 2023 as part of research for future issues, Source will be organising Zoom meetings with photographers to look at new photographic work. Each meeting provides an opportunity to introduce directly new work to one of the editors. This is one way Source finds new work for publication in the Portfolio section of the magazine.

Source only publishes work made in the UK or Ireland - or by photographers from the UK or Ireland - on its Portfolio pages. International work is covered through our book and exhibition reviews.

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Proud Writing - Call out

Amgueddfa Cymru has been collaborating with Welsh LGBTQ+ Historian Norena Shopland to run a creative writing project that focuses on creatively responding to pieces of Wales' often hidden or forgotten LGBTQ+ history. Amgueddfa Cymru are inviting people to submit prose, poems or drawings inspired by the historic texts in the PDF text pack available from their website. Submissions will be selected to be compiled into an eBook publication with the potential of further publication. Submissions can be up to 1000 words and in Welsh or English. Deadline: 2nd of June 2023.

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New Conversations

UK-Egypt artistic partners are invited to apply for funding of up to £7,500 GBP to explore how they can exchange creative ideas, knowledge and practice, and develop new performance work without meeting in person. The fund is open to Egyptian and UK-based individual artists, collectives, independent companies and organisations of theatre and dance. Cross art form collaborations are also welcomed.

New Conversations, UK-Egypt creative partnerships programme is delivered by Farnham Maltings and Orient Productions, with support from the British Council Egypt, Arts Council England, and the Fonds de Soutien aux Arts Arabes (FSAA). Deadline: 15/05/23\

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