Event / 22 Apr – 27 May 2023

Saturday Talks (Higgins Photography Initiative in Ffocws)

Saturday Talks (Higgins Photography Initiative in Ffocws)
© Clementine Schneidermann / Charlotte James

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

We understand that not everybody has the opportunity to study at Higher Education level, or it may have been some time since you did, which is why we are introducing the Higgins Open Call specifically for photographers who are in the process of developing their photographic vision, and who aren't currently studying the arts at higher education level.

This series of talks will launch the open call in April, to introduce the different viewpoints and work of the professional photographers who will be acting as mentors to the scheme participants. 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.


Saturday 22 April, 3.15 - 4.15pm, at Ffotogallery - Paul Cabuts

Paul Cabuts uses photography to examine the visual history of the Valleys of south Wales in the UK. A recipient of a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales, Cabuts has been commissioned to work on numerous photography projects including the BBC’s BAFTA Cymru Award winning Capture Wales project.

Saturday 29 April, 6.30 - 9pm, at Cardiff MADE - Michal Iwanowski

Michal Iwanowski
is a Cardiff based artist and a lecturer in photography at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is interested in the themes of migration, (national) identity, belonging and loss. His work can be found in the permanent collection of international institutions, including Museum of Contemporary art in Zagreb and the National Museum of Wales.

Saturday 13 May, 6.30 - 9pm, at Cardiff MADE - Abbie Trayler-Smith - BOOK NOW

Abbie Trayler-Smith is an acclaimed portrait and documentary photographer, specialising in capturing people’s reactions and responses to contemporary events and social issues. Often challenging, sometimes tinged with wry humour, but always beautifully created, Abbie’s work is exquisitely personal and naturally observational.

Saturday 20 May, 2 - 4.30pm, at Ffotogallery - Paul Reas - BOOK NOW

Paul Reas is a photographer and educator. He recently retired as the Course Leader of the Documentary Photography course at the University of South Wales in Cardiff. Paul has worked commercially and editorially for many years and publishes, and exhibits work internationally. His work is represented by the James Hyman Gallery in London.

Saturday 27 May, 2 - 4.30pm & 6.30 - 9pm, online and at Cardiff MADE

Clementine Schneidermann (online) - BOOK NOW
Faye Chamberlain (Cardiff MADE) - BOOK NOW

Clémentine Schneidermann is a French photographer. Since 2013 she has worked on several long term projects in South Wales and internationally. Faye Chamberlain has worked consistently as a professional photographic artist since 1996. She has a proven track record of producing innovative works... tailored to specific audiences and environments.'