Thursday, 17 December 2009



The next FORUM meeting will be on the 28th of January 2010 from 6.30pm at TurnerHouse gallery, Plymouth Rd, Penarth.

We will be discussing the FORUM print project and will have a selection of treats to fend off the new year blues!

Thanks to everyone who attended the last FORUM of 2009, particularly those that presented their work. It was a very interesting evening of debate and discussion.


Tom and the ffotogallery team.


Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Anna Fox : Artist Talk

Thursday 8th October : Turner House : 6.30pm
Cockroach Diary and Other Stories by Anna Fox is currently open at Ffotogallery and we are pleased to announce that Anna will be joining us to give a talk about her works and this exhibition, which celebrates 25 years of her photography. The talk will be followed by October’s artist FORUM.

Admission to this event is FREE. If you would like to reserve a seat please contact gallery staff on 02920 708 870 or email

Introduction to the Artist:
Anna Fox first gained attention for Work Stations: Office Life in London (1988), a study of office culture in Thatcher's Britain, originally commissioned by Camerawork and The Museum of London. She is best known for Zwarte Piet (1993-8), a series of twenty portraits taken over a five-year period that explore Dutch 'black-face' folk traditions associated with Christmas. Other projects have included The Village (1992), a multi-media collaboration with the writer Val Williams, examining the experiences of rural women, and Friendly Fire, which records the leisure activity of paint-balling in the manner of war reportage. More recent publications include Cockroach Diary and My Mother's Cupboards and My Father's Words (2000), which deal with autobiographical narratives and were designed as miniature, limited edition books. She is Head of the BA in Photography at the University College of the Creative Arts, Farnham. Fox’s work is represented in a number of major collections.

For more information about the exhibition, which continues until Saturday 10th October 2009, please visit or to find out more about Anna Fox please visit

For more details about our monthly artist FORUM’s please see

Moving Walls 17 Documentary Photography Exhibition

The Open Society Institute is now excepting submissions for the 17th
edition of the Moving Walls group exhibition. Moving Walls features
work that deals with the in-depth and nuanced explorations of human
rights and social issues through the art of photography. Both emerging
and veteran photographers may submit finished projects or work that
is close to completion. The deadline for submissions is Friday,
October 23, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. For more information about this
opportunity, visit the OSI website ...

Thursday, 23 July 2009


Thank you to everyone who came along and took part!!!

Saturday 11th July / 2pm – 7pm / Ffotogallery, Penarth The Kitsch Stitch Club will be taking over Ffotogallery@Turnerhouse and are here to help you make and customise your own accessories and clothing!

Visitors will have the chance to kitsch up garments, bags and brooches with the help of our team of 'Stitchers' - fashion students, graduates and a few extra special industry professionals. So you don't have to be a pro to get involved!

* Free needles and thread! There will also be fabrics, felts and D-I-Y bundles available for small donations.
* Sale displays and stalls from local independent shops and designers, already confirmed are Forever Vintage, Penarth and Damn Fine Art, Bristol.
* Student Showcases from emerging talent at UWIC
* Alteration workstation with Annie’s Alterations of Penarth * Handmade cakes for sale and a free cup of tea!

Admission is FREE.

This event is in association with CHILDREN’S ART DAY 2009 and is an arts workshop and fair open to all and perfect for families and children of secondary school age.

For more information please call us on 02920 708 870 or email

Ffotogallery (open Tues – Sat)
Turner House, Plymouth Road, Penarth, Cardiff. CF64 3DM

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Photomarathon Cardiff 2009. 20th June 2009.

Saturday 20th June 2009 sees Photomarathon return to Cardiff. Now in it's third year, Photomarathon is a unique event open to anyone with a 35mm camera.

The day starts at 10am, when you collect your film from the base at Wales Millennium Centre. Each competitor then has 12 hours to take pictures on 12 different pre-decided topics before returning their film back to base by 10pm.

For more information and to book your place head to:

The closing date for entries is 10th June, so hurry if you want to get involved.

image taken from the website: The Way Ahead by Katherine Avery

Thursday, 21 May 2009

HPF is back...

Hereford Photography Festival is now open!
image copyright / Julia Fullerton-Batten

: A retrospective of John Bulmer's work is on show at the Museum and Art Gallery, Broad Street Click for details + Amazing opportunity if anyone is going along....John Bulmer will be talking to Eamonn McCabe at the Hay Festival on Wednesday 27th May at 1pm.

: Seen But Not Heard is an exhibition showcasing work exploring the representation of children and young people. The photographers exhibited are Julia Fullerton-Batten, Michelle Sank, Jan von Holleben, Vee Spears, Simon Wheatley, Wiebke Leister, Clare Richardson, Ali Richards and Edmund Clark. Seen But Not Heard is open at The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Edgar Street.
Click for details

Hereford Photography Festival is open until 21st June 2009.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Sarah Pickering Talk, Saturday 23rd May!

The talk will commence from 2.00 pm, at the lovely Turner House Gallery in Penarth.

Sarah Pickering is a London based, British photographer who graduated from the Royal College of Art with a MA in Photography in 2005. She has been the recipient of several awards including the Photographers Gallery Graduate Award and a Jerwood Photography Award in 2005. Work from the Incident series is about to be shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of an exhibition of their recent acquisitions. Aperture and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago will co-publish a substantial monograph of her work later this year.

Admission to this event is FREE.

If you would like to reserve a seat please contact the gallery staff on 02920 708870 or email

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Photography Business skills seminar. Friday 22nd May

10.45 am until 2:00 pm, Turner House Gallery, Penarth.

"Survive and prosper" - Whether you’re a freelance photographer, artist or graduate using photography, this seminar will offer invaluable advice on developing your own professional photographic practice. Come along to this essential guide to business and career development in photography.


Skillset - The Sector Skills Council for Creative Media

Sean Edwards - WARP (Wales Artists Resource Programme)

Mark Simmons - Bristol based photographer, whose clients include Banksy, Massive Attack, Wire Magazine and BBC.

Tickets: £7 / £5 concession (includes light refreshments)

Contact to register.

For more information about upcoming events at Ffotogallery please visit the website via this link:

Forum Reappears for May!!

Ffotogallery's FORUM will take place on Thursday 21st May.

FORUM is an informal, monthly event aiming to develop a core group of emerging artists in South Wales together with students and graduates from visual media courses. It is a platform for practitioners from various disciplines to exchange ideas, experience and opinions.

The presentations will also trigger discussion on issues appearing in their work within the context of contemporary arts practice.

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening, this month Forum will feature a grand Art BBQ. So come down, grab a burger and chat to your hearts content! There are no booking requirements however, should you wish to attend FORUM we would appreciate some form of prior notice by calling the number below or dropping us an email. If you have any queries or questions please call (029) 2070 8870 or email

For more information please refer to Ffotogallery's website via this link:

Holding Fire - Sarah Pickering. The New Current Exhibition at Ffotogallery! *May 9 - June 20 2009*

Holding Fire brings together for the first time two bodies of work Incident and Explosions, capturing the fascinating and bizarre spectacles to be found in the training centres of the emergency services. On gallery level one, large black and white images of fire-damaged interiors present us with an institutional simulation of potentially tragic events - scenarios that are recreated, restaged and repeated endlessly by the fire fighting services. By way of contrast, the ground floor exhibition features full colour images of pyrotechnic explosions used by British police and military instructors to intensify the sense of drama and tension in training exercises. These pictures are part of a series taken at test sites in the English countryside where the bursts of light, flames, sparks, and smoke sit incongruously in the rural setting.

Sarah Pickering explains what attracted her to the subject:

“Whether real or artificial, we enjoy looking at explosions and fire scenes and, as an artist, I’m of course fascinated by their visual seductiveness. By using photography to record a simulated or imagined scene, I’m creating a document that is already a departure from reality”

To find out more about current events (Such as the next Froum) please refer to the Ffotogallery@Turnerhouse Website

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

We now have a Flickr account which contains images from our most recent Book Arts Fayre held in March, as well as images from our pervious events.
Saturdays Book Arts Fayre was a great success and a lot of fun. Check out some of the pictures taken during the day on:

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

A thankyou to all!!

Ffotogallery would like to thank all of those who took part in the Book Arts Fayre on Saturday March 28th. It was a roaring success and a barrel of laughs that was made even more joyous by the fact that the Sun was actually shining!!

There was cakes and zines galore being sold at various stalls, not to mention the free tea. A special thanks goes out to all those artists, such as; PaperGecko, Conway and Young, Craig Atkinson, Damn Fine Art, Nowt Press and Many more, who were selling zines, tees, and various other items. You helped the fair be the riot of laughter and fun that it was.
We would also like to thank Tom Brennan for his captivating talk on his current exhibition, English Anxieties (Currently being shown at Ffotogallery@Turnerhouse)

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Easter, and we hope to see you all at the next Book Arts Fayre next season.

There is also another FORUM event scheduled for the 23rd April, for other events this month please click the link below!!

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

FORUM April Edition!!

Ffotogallery's FORUM will take place on Thursday 23rd April.

FORUM is an informal, monthly event aiming to develop a core group of emerging artists in South Wales together with students and graduates from visual media courses. It is a platform for practitioners from various disciplines to exchange ideas, experience and opinions.

The presentations will also trigger discussion on issues appearing in their work within the context of contemporary arts practice.

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening. There are no booking requirements however, should you wish to attend FORUM we would appreciate some form of prior notice by calling the number below or dropping us an email. If you have any queries or questions please call (029) 2070 8870 or email

Recent News:

FORUM now has a blog - where we post up all FORUM's activity and updates! visit to submit any links, ideas, opinions or questions.

Ffotogallery@Turnerhouse proudly present..... The Book Arts Fayre 2009!! (March 28th 2009)

As part of our celebration of the Artists Book, Saturday 15th November 2008 saw Ffotogallery host it's first Book Arts Fayre. A great day was had by all who attended, exhibited and took part in what proved to be a huge success.

We would like to thank all who participated and joined us on the day and would also like to annouce Ffotogallery's Book Arts Fayre 2009!

Join us on Saturday the 28th March from 11 am, and explore even more book arts than last year with the latest from international zine-makers, publishers and self-publishing artists. The people featuring in the Springtime BookFayre are; Aermota & Eotla, PaperGecko, Damn Fine Art, Jazz Cakes, Nowt Press and many more. It will also be host to free coffee and amazing homemade cakes!! We will also be selling Zines, Tee Shirts, Badges, Posters and there will also be a talk by the amazing Tim Brennan whos work is currently featuring at ffotogallery.

We are on the look-out for excited people who would like to participate in March's Book Arts Fayre, with loads of ways you could get involved. Please feel free to get in touch, you can email us at or call 02920 708 870 and we'll be happy to help answer any questions you may have.


Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Ffotogallery@Turnerhouse Host Emma Westecott Talk Wednesday 25th February

Gallery Talk with Emma Westecott Wednesday 25 February 6.30pm

To coincide with its current exhibition The Skater by Wendy McMurdo, Ffotogallery @ TurnerHouse will host a talk from Emma Westecott, Research Fellow in Computer Games Design at the University of Wales, Newport.

The Skater explores digital gaming, fantasy and play as subject, using both portraits of young gamers and skaters to explore an interest in the liminal space between simulation and reality. This exploration raises questions on what it is to be young in our time, offering a snapshot of youth today. Emma’s response to this work offers a theoretical context from which to conceive of the multiple threshold spaces on view. Whether in adolescence or in the virtual the act of play offers a very human way to explore and thereby navigate the challenges at hand.

Attending the talk is FREE, however there are limited seats available and so to avoid disappointment please ring ahead or send an email to For more information call us on (029) 2070 8870

Click here to see the Ffotogallery website!

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hi there,
Thought I would post an interest of my that has consumed the way I express my photography.

Enjoy my interest, drink it in
does everyone else have an interest in a certain artist they wish to divulge?

Friday, 6 February 2009

Ffotogallery Book Arts Fayre on 'We Make Zines'

Interested in self-publishing and zine-making??
We Make Zines is a free social networking site hosted by Ning...

We Make Zines is an online community for zine makers and readers. Although there are many social networking sites out there, there is little that focuses on zines. We all have our myspace or blogs, but those accounts are filled with friends from work, from the third grade, people who don't know what a zine is and some who probably don't care.
You can create a profile, list your zineography, post images of zines, partake in the forums, find other zine writers, read about new releases, read reviews from your favorite zine writers and leave comments about the zine you just read on the actual zinesters profile.

We've found this an ace place to look for material for our Book Arts Fayre, so if you make zines its a good source for contacts.

We are still on the lookout for new contributors to exhibit or sell work at our next BAF so get in touch if you want to get involved!!!

Local courses for 'local' people

While I was in the process of compiling a 'course index' for local courses that might help forge a career for myself; Photoshop, Web design, French (!), I stumbled across this ready-made index; Floodlight, Cardiff's own "local guide to learning".

The list is remarkably extensive in terms of courses (the likes of which I have italicised above) and locations like the Howardian Centre, Cardiff, CF23 9NB; Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Cardiff, CF5 1FH; plus, of course, Chapter Arts Centre.

Follow the link to Floodlight......

Beyond The Lens - AOP

"Published in England by the Association of Photographers (AOP), Beyond the Lens is the essential guide to rights, ethics and business practice in professional photography.

Now in its third edition it has been likened to 'the bible for photographers and commissioners' and is used by colleges/universities as part of their courses and widely used by photographers and commissioners." (taken from AOP website)

Might be useful because...

This website has an 'appendix.pdf' that you can download with templates for writing estimates, model release forms, invoices, license agreements, and also invoices etc for photographic assistants.

Click here and go to 'standard forms' in the left-hand navigation!

Saturday, 31 January 2009

WARP @ G39

Wales Artist Resource Programme

Wales Artist Resource Programme is an artist run professional development resource that will enable Welsh and Wales-based artists to receive mentoring, training and advice from arts professionals. The programme comprises a number of schemes that will be delivered responsively according to the ambition and needs of participants in relation to the arts sector, whether skills-based, entrepreneurial, business skills, and/or academic.
Through WARP g39 will provide the invaluable work of specialist advice services to help young and emerging artists in Wales to achieve success in an exhibiting career or visual arts enterprise. Its mission is to provide a supportive resource that will encourage and develop a strong network of artists working throughout Wales to contribute to the contemporary art scene both locally and internationally.
WARP offers a number of free schemes that can be delivered responsively according to your needs.
Find out more!

(For further information on WARP contact Sean Edwards- or telephone 02920255541)

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Wednesday, 7 January 2009


Happy New Year from Ffotogallery!
Our Photography and New Media courses are recruiting now.
If you are interested in studying with us, then book your place quickly as courses are filling up.

We will be running the following classes this term:
* Creative Website Design 2. Wednesdays from 07.01.09
* Creative Website Design 1. Sundays from 11.01.09
* Intermediate Digital Photography. Day, Evening & Weekend classes available from 12.01.09
* Landscape Photography. Tuesdays from 13.01.09
* Photographing People. Tuesdays from 13.01.09
* Black and White Photography. Thursdays and Sundays from 15.01.09
* Introduction to Digital Video. Fridays from 16.01.09
* Documentary Photography. Saturdays from 17.01.09
* Introduction to Photography: Part One. Day, Evening & Weekend classes available from 14.01.09

All our courses are accredited by Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, a Foundation Certificate is awarded to those who gain 60 credits in their studies.A full Certificate of Higher Education is awarded to those who go on to study a total of 6 six courses, gaining 120 credits.

You find a more detailed list of times course descriptions and fees on the Cardiff University Website:
If you want to book a place contact Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning on (029) 2087 0000.

***Ffotogallery are also pleased to announce that from the 7th of February we will be running a Diploma of Higher Education Course. The course offers students who have completed their Certificate of Higher Education in Photography the opportunity to continue their studies at Diploma of Higher Education level.
The first module entitled 'Photography and Environment' explores critical issues and practices concerning representation of the environment, and broadly examines themes of place, location and identity. Practical exercises in photographing urban, natural, social and political environments are undertaken alongside a historical and contextual understanding of the different forms of photography such as portraiture, documentary, landscape and fine art practice. You will gain experience in a broad range of approaches and produce a stunning portfolio of images.

If you have any questions about the courses contact Anne Siegel on (029) 2066 8695 or at