Saturday, 11 December 2010

Notes from December FORUM

A huge thanks to all who turned out and made cakes for a wintry Forum on Thursday. We managed to cram in three amazing presentations which prompted a wonderful mix of discussions, from the potential creativity and social politics of interactive, public text messaging, the differences between women in post-soviet Kaliningrad compared to the rest of Europe, to the meaning of the sublime! crikey.

Briony Goffin, Creative Writer and Glenn Davidson of Artstation present Txt2. And taking place as we speak is TXT2 on the BBC big screen on the Hayes, Cardiff, lets hope they come back and tell us how it goes!
Kate Nolan, Photographer presents a work in progress, 'Neither'...
"Neither is an exploration into the hearts of the young women of post-soviet Kaliningrad. Locked into dreams of a future that their homeland cannot recognize or fulfil they look afar.
Living in isolation from both their motherland and the new Europe they must struggle to negotiate their own place in a society in continual flux. The women I have been living with and sharing with have with genorosity, opened up their homes and minds to allow me to better understand this link between place, identity and history."

Kate's project was featured on 1000 Words Photography Magazine in October.
For more pictures and words about Kate's photography visit

Roger Lougher presents works in progress, Sublime Signs and Work Signs
Images to follow shortly!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

g39 announces the end of hegemony

It's 'The last days of Empire' folks, or so g39 tells us. In the post-colonial era, g39 is renewing acquaintances with a whole group of artists in Wales, and we are promised amazing prints and 'Santa's grotto' seen through a glass darkly by Casey Raymond..

The Last Days of Empire preview 3 December 2010. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, g39 has embarked on a project with twelve artists to produce new work. Each artist has worked with g39 in the past and have been commissioned to produce a limited edition print for the gallery. The tongue in cheek title is a reference to the changing times that we are in, a time of austerity, re-evaluation, a time of change in the visual arts landscape. It’s the end of the year, a time of change, out with the old and in with the new and it all starts again. The future of g39 is uncertain, but that has been the case throughout the history of the organisation. We are used to adapting to change and re-inventing ourselves, it is a useful survival strategy in uncertain times. This exhibition marks a departure for g39, revisiting a generation of artists that we have supported in the past, in many cases we have represented them – critically and Curatorially – in the early stages of their careers, in other cases they are artists that have developed their careers alongside g39. Given an open brief they have responded with a collection of works that gives a cross section of contemporary practise in Wales Artists include S Mark Gubb, Peter Finnemore, Manon Awst and Benjamin Walther, Pascal-Michel Dubois, Miranda Whall, Bedwyr Williams, Richard Bevan, Simon Holly, Jo Berry, Will Woon and Casey Raymond. In addition to the edition of prints, the project space is being transformed by Casey Raymond into an alternative grotto for the season. Renowned for his graphic work, music videos, zines and design work, Casey creates and invents a world of offbeat characters that inhabit absurd dark worlds or situations. The grotto will be no exception, taking the traditional Christmas store grottos as a starting point, things are mixed up a little. 

g39/WARP present 'Dense Cluster' event

If you have a Chatterton-like romantic vision of yourself as a penniless artist surviving (just) in a garret somewhere - then this event is not for you. However, if you are realistically planning to pursue your artistic vision in 2011 and beyond, then 'Dense Cluster' will give you some of the answers..

1 - 8pm
Saturday 4th December 2010

Organised by Alias and g39/WARP in collaboration with Cerbyd, Supersaurus and Surface Arts, Dense Cluster is a knowledge exchange event for self-organsied survival. Coming at a time when arts organisations across the country are being hit by cuts in funding Dense Cluster will bring together a range of examples of ‘what is possible’ through shared endeavour, interest and skills.

Invited groups from across Wales, the South-West and the rest of the UK will present, in the widest sense, a representation of their activity to include discussions, screenings, performance, installation and documentation providing a Dense Cluster of activity. A publication will be produced on the day, marking the events and exchanges that take place as well as creating a document of recommended survival tips for these hard times.

Presenting groups include Hand in Glove, Lombard Method, Redwire, An Endless Supply, Folded Glued and Printed, Project Space 11, Surface Arts, Supersaurus and Cerbyd with More to be confirmed.

The event will be held at the Bristol Diving School in Bristol on Saturday December 4th from 1pm - 8pm.
Coaches will be traveling from Swansea, Cardiff, Exeter and Taunton M5 services to take artists to the event; places can be booked for £5, ticket include a cup of tea/coffee and slice of cake on arrival. To book a place on the bus please contact <mailto:>  with the subject header Dense Cluster.

Dense Cluster is supported by Spike Associates and Bristol Diving School

Bristol Diving School, Albion Dockyard, Hanover Place, BS1 6TZ.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Christmas Social

FORUM on Thursday 9th will be a (kind of) Christmas Social - Fra's banana bread from November's FORUM, has inspired us to have a bit of a cake-off - so you're whole-heartedly encouraged to bring along your very best home-made cakery to share! Starting at 7pm following the Dawn Woolley book launch.

Also on Thursday 9th will be the Dawn Woolley Visual Pleasure book launch. The event is from 6 - 7pm at Turner House.

Visual Pleasure looks at themes of voyeurism and exhibitionism and in particular the female as a photographic object. These visually provocative works encompass elements of fine printmaking, collage and performance and invite the viewer to enter into the process of looking. Dawn Woolley completed her MA at the Royal College of Art in 2008 and currently lives and works in Cardiff. Woolley will be at the event, and copies of the book can be bought at a special price of £10! It is recommended to arrive early! Free Admission.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Notes from November FORUM...

The photograph Jorge was trying to recall whilst we were looking over Liam's new works in progress....was by Catherine Balet, third prize winner from the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize in 2008. From the series, Strangers in the Light.

image (c) Catherine Balet

Friday, 12 November 2010

Opportunity: Fox Studio to open in Cardiff

Fox Studio is a new artist-run studio initiative opening Mid-November. It aims to support the development of established as well as emerging creative practitioners of all media based in Cardiff, by providing reasonably priced, clean and secure studio workspaces, with good amenities.

Situated just off Crwys Road, in a two-storey Coach house, Fox Studio has up to 8 workspaces currently available in the studio, each being approximately 8ftX8ft.  All workspaces will benefit from good natural light, secure storage and double electric sockets. Wifi internet will also be available in the Studio.  Fox Studio will also have 2 WC’s, a communal kitchen/ lounge area, and a 200sq ft workshop space.

Fox Studio Members it is hoped will collaborate to organise a programme of events and projects throughout the year, as well as in the future, facilitating residency opportunities for local, national and international artists to produce site/ venue specific in and around Cardiff.

Fox Studio will actively work to develop stronger dialogue with other similar national and international initiatives. In doing so, we aim to increase opportunities for local artists as well as bring fresh, innovative ideas and creativity to the city.

Studio rental will range from £60-70 pcm.

If you are interested in being a member of Fox Studio, and would like to view the Studio please email the address below giving a bit of information about your practice (eg. concepts and medium).
Sam Aldridge
Fox Studio Co-ordinator

Closing this Sunday...Brighton Photo Biennial 2010

Image (c) Stephen Gill 2010, Untitled from the series Outside In - featured in the exhibition, Strange & Familiar

Last chance to see Brighton Photo Biennial 2010: New Documents curated by Martin Parr. All five exhibitions are open on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November.

This is the final opportunity to visit the exhibitions produced and presented by our partners and to catch the Brighton Photo Fringe. All venues within easy walking distance in the centre of Brighton & Hove. For more information, including opening times, see our website.

(c) Murray Ballard & Gabriella Rizello

Also if you are heading down, don't forget about the Fringe Shows - especially One Week In Moscow, a photographic book & exhibition raising money for Diabetes UK.
Marwood Studios Cafe, 52 Ship Street, Brighton, BN41 1DG
02 OCT - 14 NOV

MON - SAT 08:00 - 20:00, SUN 10:00 - 20:00 

Other exhibitions to see...
New Ways of Looking
The former Co-operative Department Store

- Wout Berger (NLD), Mohamed Bourouissa (DZA), Ju Duoqi (CHN), Oscar Fernando Gomez (MEX), Oumar Ly (SEN), Dhruv Malhotra (IND), Billy Monk (ZAF), Suzanne Opton (USA) and Viviane Sassen (NLD).

Strange and Familiar: Three Views of Brighton
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
- Rinko Kawauchi (JPN), and Alec Soth (USA), commissioned by Photoworks and Stephen Gill (UK), in association with the Archive of Modern Conflict."

A Night in Argentina
University of Brighton Gallery
- Alejandro Chaskielberg and Esteban Pastorino Diaz (ARG)

Queer Brighton
- Molly Landreth and Zoe Strauss (USA)

The House of Vernacular

- Archive of Modern Conflict, Josef Heinrich Darchinger (DEU), Nick Gleis, Lee To Sang 

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Hereford Photography Festival 2010

Image: Running Cows (c) Steve Brown  

This year's festival co-curated by Paul Seawright, photographer and Professor of Photography at the University of Ulster, brings together photographers from previous years and utilises various venues across the town, including Hereford Museum & Art Gallery, The Royal National College for the Blind and Hereford Leisure Pool. A list of exhibitions can be seen here

The co-ordinators have also commissioned new works, including projects being shown in 'The Hereford' exhibition, currently open at Hereford Cathedral. The photographers Tessa Bunney and Steve Brown have explored the life of breeding famous Hereford cattle; looking at the history of the industry through archives held by Hereford Cattle Society and visiting current breeders and their families. 

Hereford Cathedral
Cathedral Close, Hereford, HR12NG
Friday 29th October – Saturday 27th November 2010
Opening times: 9:15am – evensong daily
(Monday – Saturday 5:30pm, Sundays 3:30pm)


This year's HPF features works by:
Al Vandenberg - Beth Yarnelle Edwards - Dave West - Jackie Nickerson
Jodi Bieber - John Bulmer - Liza Dracup - Martin Parr
Michael Danner - Paul Hill - Paul Shambroom - Pieter Hugo
Rankin - Robert Ashby - Roger Ballen - Shelby Lee Adams
Simon Norfolk - Tessa Bunney - Wang Qingsong

FOTONOW team launch exhibition in Plymouth

This initiative are creating really exciting photography projects in the communities around the South West - they have curated an exhibition, Camera's in the Community, with Plymouth Arts Centre which is currently open at the venue until the 23rd December, and includes:

The Free Photographic Omnibus: Daniel Meadows
Laundrette Residencies: Tim Mills and Jamie Webb
South West Graduate Photography Prize
'Camper Obscura' in Devonport

Exhibition opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 8.30pm / Sunday 4pm – 8.30pm

We think they're grrrreat (but here's what they say about themselves)...

FOTONOW CIC is a South West UK based Community Interest Company (a non-profit organisation similar to a Charity). Directors Jonathan Blyth and Matthew Pontin are experienced photographic practitioners, teachers and college lecturers. Through FOTONOW they create new opportunities in photography and facilitate socially motivated projects in lens-based culture throughout the South West of England.
The company runs as a social enterprise focused upon developing photographic research and practice alongside increasing commissions, publishing, exhibition and education opportunities. FOTONOW is based in Plymouth and intent on working across the region to stimulate new dialogues with photography, the company also has a small studio space in Liskeard. Recently FOTONOW have launched their mobile Camper Obscura project which is currently working in Devonport on a residency to build a community archive (see news).

Call for applications

The first Salon Photo Prize will take place from 4 February - 26 February. We expect to exhibit up to 100 practitioners, and one exhibitor will also win the Selectors’ prize of £1000 and a solo exhibition in 2012.

This year's selection panel consists of:
Simon Baker, Curator of Photography, Tate

Stefanie Braun, Curator, The Photographers' Gallery

Tim Clark, Editor-in-chief, 1000 Words Photography Magazine 

Charlotte Cotton, Creative Director, National Media Museum

All applicants are asked to submit a membership fee of £8 instead of an application fee. This allows them to apply to all three Salon Prize if appropriate and offers ongoing professional development support through networking events and portfolio sessions.

The deadline for applications is: 5pm, Saturday 4th December, 2010

To apply please see 
 or email

Friday, 29 October 2010

Ffotogallery & WARP present FORUM

This month sees the new collaboration of WARP and Ffotogallery to present FORUM; held in Turner House on Thursday 11th November from 6.30pm.
FORUM is an informal, monthly event aiming to develop a core group of emerging artists in South Wales together with students and graduates. It is a platform for practitioners from various disciplines to exchange ideas, experience and opinions on visual culture.

Each month at the FORUM an artist/FORUM-member will present to the group. This presentation, that has no fixed form, will trigger discussion on a range of issues loosely in the context of contemporary arts practice.
Also every month FORUM members will have an opportunity to show or discuss new or unfinished works in an informal setting, for feedback and discussion.
Bring along work on the night.

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening. There are no booking requirements. If you have any queries or questions please call (029) 2070 8870 or email

Visit ffotogallery or WARP for more information...

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Condition Report: Meet the Artists/Discussion

Saturday 30 October, 11am - 3pm at Turner House, Penarth 

Condition Report is the work of six Czech artists associated with the Department of Photography at FAMU (the School of Film and Television of the Academy of Performing Arts) in Prague. Their work represents a range of contemporary art practices in some way rooted in photography and lens-based media.

At this unique event, Dr. Ian Walker from University of Wales Newport and Robert Silverio, Head of Photography at FAMU, will discuss how the work exhibits certain Czech characteristics, but also the ideas and influences of a wider international art scene. After the discussion, the artists Vojtěch Fröhlich, Jan Měřička and Radek and Zdeněk Květoň will be giving a personal tour of their work on display. Their work represents a range of contemporary art practices that are in some way rooted in photography and lens-based media.
Please join us for this exciting opportunity to meet the artists and engage in critical discussion about the work and its wider context. Refreshments will be available.

FREE event booking essential - please email 

Condition Report shows at Ffotogallery, Turner House, Penarth from 29 October – 11 December 2010. The project has been developed through a partnership between Ffotogallery, the European Centre of Photographic Research, University of Wales Newport and FAMU, Prague.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Preview: MA Documentary Photography Newport Exhibition

It's that time of the year again and the guys from Newport do not disappoint. This year's show is probably more varied than ever before. While some practitioners construct images of personal meaning to reflect their own internal worlds, others comment on societal values, liminal spaces, or time and human memory. All have something interesting and original to say, which allows the observer to reflect on her own attitudes to these varied issues. Rick Davies.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

BOOK ARTS FAYRE this saturday!

Many of our FORUM artists will be exhibiting at Ffotogallery's Book Arts Fayre on Saturday:
Kathryn Ashill will be launching her Craig Y Nos publication, Sam Hasler will also be bringing his new book and Roger Lougher will be selling his homemade artists jam!

After-Fayre plans...probably head over to the railway pub, then Third Floor Gallery has their opening of Street Photography Now exhibition in the Bay. Would be great if anyone wanted to join us!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

September's FORUM

will be at the usual place (Turnerhouse), usual time (6.30pm) this THURSDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER!

Saturday, 18 September 2010 
Made In Roath Arts Festival 2010.

After the huge success of last years festival, Roath once again opens its doors to the public as it hosts Made in Roath, a community based project designed to bring together a wide variety of local arts including workshops, performances, residences, exhibitions and more.

The Arts trail will run within a housing environment whilst also collaborating with a selection of venues such as Milgi's lounge, The Milkwood Gallery and The Gate. 

The Trail is open from the 15th to the 17th of October so go, enjoy and discover Roath's local artists

Current Exhibitions within South Wales.

Ffotogallery's Book Arts Fayre 
Ffotogallery, Turner House, 
Plymouth Road, Penarth, Cardiff.
We would like to invite you to Ffotogallery’s fifth Book Arts Fayre which will be taking over Turner House, Penarth on Saturday 9th October 2010. More details about the event can be found in the attached press release and on our website.


Dance and Performance by Marega Palser 
Saturday 18th September  6-9pm, Tactile Bosch artist studios.
Old Victoria Buildings, Andrews Road, Cardiff

An exhibition of drawings, prints and animation also features a series of dance/performance sketches.
The images created have a direct link to dance and performance, where the dance has stimulated the drawing and the drawing in turn inspired the dance.

Artist: Marega Palser

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

New role for Forummer

WARP have informed us that they are very happy this week to be welcoming their new intern, Samuel Hasler.  Sam is a writer and visual artist based in Cardiff, and has participated in many FORUM events, including FORUM's group publication, FORA ONE. Here's a pic of the man himself in action:

CCTV Still from If.... Block at g39 2010

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Printhaus Open Day

The Printhaus are having an Open Day Fundraiser on Saturday Sept 11th, 10 - 5pm. It sounds and looks really exciting, so Come on Come on Come on! 


Jorge Lizalde at the WMC

Jorge Lizalde is presenting 'Relics' at the Cardiff School of Art and Design - MA/MFA Emerging Artists Exhibition at the Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff. You can check out some of his work on his website and flickr. The preview is on Wednesday the 8th of September, 6-8 pm!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

River Deep ...

Talking of mountains - and piles of clothes- "Matterhorn" by Dave Murray ..!

(A little) more here ..

Sunday, 15 August 2010

popupgallery show2 Jackie Morris

so the show was a great success and fun was had by all. Its still open until Friday 20th August so if you want to come along just call me on 07812399619.... cheers Gareth

Location : Windsor Road, opposite the Windsor Pub. Penarth/

Friday, 13 August 2010

Art BBQ Social!

Thanks to everyone who came down last night!

The weather was delicious and the BBQ, manned by the two Gs, was delightful. Kath Ashill talked to us about her recent performances at Craig-Y-Nos and new FORUMmer Murray Ward showed us a cut of a film, 'Hiker Meat' that he is working on. Then outside for meat and meat impressionists. Rick Davies showed us some of his panoramic landscape photographs and as did Phil.

Here's some pics, y'all!

Don't forget the Ffotogallery's next preview is on Friday 27th August, Zed Nelson's Love Me. Then our next FORUM will be on Thursday 23rd September, at 6. It's going to be a bit earlier than usual because afterwards afterwards I am doing a Musical Performance, also known as a Gig, with my group at Milgi Warehouse, to which you are very much invited to attend! More details coming soon...

Emms x

Wednesday, 11 August 2010


Art BBQ from 6.30pm at Turner House.

Bring along some grub to BBQ - hopefully the weather will be good to us (gazebo will be up if not!)

All are welcome. If you'd like to present any work there will be a projector and laptop available.

FORUM will be hosting a summer-social this Thursday 12th August
Bring along any BBQ-able grub down to Turner House Gallery, Penarth from 6:30pm onwards - with a chance to showcase your work in an informal setting and meet other artists in the local area.

No need to book: if you would like to present work you can let us know if you require any specific equipment or just bring work/powerpoint with you on the night.

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.

Refreshments will be available. If you have any queries or questions please call (029) 2070 8870 or email

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Tom Hobson's Art Update

Hello FORUMMERS, Here is an update of what I have been doing in the studio.

This is a mountain made of mountains, maybe it is called mountainmountain, or mOUNTAIN, or Mt. Mountain. I don't know yet. everyday it gets a little bit closer to being finished.

It should fit from floor to ceiling with the pinnacle right on the ceiling - so I am making it in detachable sections that overlap. Hopefully it is going to be in a show in Edinburgh in the autumn, ICML communal fingers crossed.

This is called " Eyes to the Hills" It is made from the leftover bits of sky from when I cut out mountains. So it is a sort of mountain of sky - or just an ambiguous peak. I'll put a better photo on my website soon. Contact me if you want to buy it to put in your bathroom

This is another collage made from the leftovery skys from making mountainmountain, at first I didn't like it, then i liked it - and now I don't think I like it. I swear it looks better in the flesh. Maybe this one doesn't get past quality control and will go in the art bin. It just looks like some careless assemblage of skyand not the borderline landscape/abstract composition I was hoping for. At one stage there was a nice moment where it sort of became a landscape and then not a landscape and then a landscape and then not a landscape and sort of fluctuated between 2d and 3d.

The image above is from new series of video works. They are something to do with the difficulty of accurate expression in art and are made from concentric layers of hollywood films. Each circular layer is staggered by one frame so that it radiates from the centre - with a weird temporal delay to the audio and video. Tough to describe in words but easy to understand when you look at them. Maybe Gareth will show some of them in his awesome flat/gallery.

you can see some early experiments here;

Lastly I hope you all have a good time at the BBQ!!! don't forget the cooking utensils and bbq sauce and play safe... remember the first forum ART B Q?

Tom x

Monday, 26 July 2010


Dear Forum,

Here is your invite to my next show. I do hope some of you can come as it will be a joy to see you all.

Ill will have some cheap wine for you to drink from a box !

August 13th 6-9pm
82 Windsor Road Penarth

Thanks Helen, Dimitra and Em for help with the flyer.


Saturday, 24 July 2010

Spaces left for Pinhole Workshop

Ffotogallery proudly presents...
Create extraordinary images from ordinary objects
in this artist-led Pinhole photography workshop on Tuesday 3rd August 2010 between 11:30am – 3:30pm in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

Bringing back traditional photography techniques, this workshop will allow participants to make their very own hand-made Pinhole camera, learn how to expose prints and develop them in the darkroom.

As cheap, fast and fun as the most modern digital technology.

For more information or to book a space please call Julia on (029)20 341667
*£10 fee per person*
Please note: children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ffotogallery, C/o Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Cardiff. CF5 1QE
tel: (029) 20 341667

Internship oppertunity at g39

Internship WARP, g39, Cardiff

6 months part time (from 10th September 2010) £2400 Stipend*

Following on from three successful past internships WARP is pleased to announce that we are now looking for a new intern to work alongside Sean Edwards the Professional Development Officer at WARP. The Intern position is aimed at those with some experience with an arts organisation but who wish to develop their skills further through training and direct engagement with the sector. It is open to both arts practitioners and non-practitioners alike but knowledge and understanding of contemporary art is essential. The Intern will be responsible for the ongoing operation of the WARP artist resource area and the co-ordination of the volunteer workforce at the gallery. They will also be involved in the administration of the schemes and have the opportunity to liaise with both the marketing and exhibition teams at g39.

g39 is a publicly funded art organisation focussed on increasing awareness and understanding of contemporary art in Wales. This is achieved mainly through its programme of exhibitions, presented in the permanent ‘white cube’ premises in Cardiff city centre and offsite temporary venues. g39 profiles work by contemporary artists from Wales alongside those from the rest of the UK and beyond. It does not make curatorial distinctions between differing career levels of artists; however it does focus its attention on emerging artists.

Wales Artist Resource Programme (WARP) was established in 2008 as an in-house artist run professional development resource that enables g39 to offer Welsh and Wales-based artists mentoring, training and advice from arts professionals. The programme comprises a number of schemes that are delivered responsively according to the ambition and needs of participants in relation to the arts sector, whether skills-based, entrepreneurial, business skills, or academic critique.

For further information and an application form please go to

or email

*Due to the nature of funding current undergraduate students are not eligible to apply for this position.

Application deadline 5pm Monday 16th August 2010

Monday, 12 July 2010

Popup Gallery Show 1 - The Pics

Well after two days of frantic hanging after work I was very happy to have about 50 kind soles through the door.

Show No 1 - featuring documentary photography by Gareth Phillips, concentrated on Holm Towers a Cancer support center in Penarth.

Below are a few pictures of the show and people enjoying the free cheap boxed wine that was on offer.

The next show will hopefully show case recent work by painter Jackie Morris, and I hope to open for a whole week !

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

pop up gallery photographic exhibition this firday

Hello Forum,
I am proud to announce that this Friday I will be launching my first 'popup' style gallery venture from the safety of my own flat !

Photographer Gareth Phillips has the honer of opening this new.....and possibly very short lived art space.

Get yourselves over and enjoy some drinks, music and images in a different space.

This Friday 9th July 6pm - 9pm (82 Windsor Road Penarth Opposite Windsor Pub - two minutes from Dingle Station).

If you need help finding it call me on 07812399619.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Art Fairs - Autumn 2010

There are few interesting events coming up this Autumn, which are worth of visiting or for some of you to participate in!

Frieze Art Fair (14-17 October 2010) features over 150 of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world. The fair also includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, a prestigious talks programme and an artist-led education schedule.

The Affordable Art Fair (21-24 October 2010) returns to Battersea Park, London where 120 galleries will offer a stunning array of contemporary art from just £50 up to £3,000. From the hottest young talent to firmly established household names, with so much choice you’re bound to find something you love whether you’re an experienced collector or simply looking for a masterpiece for the mantelpiece. This October, AAF features an exciting line-up of special events. The Contemporary Art Society will run a series of informative talks about collecting art, whilst the AAF Education Programme – under the theme ‘Food, Glorious Food’ – is hosting plenty of hands-on, family-friendly activities, all of which are fun, enlightening and free. The Recent Graduates’ Exhibition will showcase the best of the diverse work being produced in British art schools, and give you the perfect opportunity to snap up a beautiful and unique work by one of tomorrow’s potential stars.

Brighton Art Fair (16-19 September 2010) is an opportunity for the public to buy art from the best local and national artists and for artists to sell direct to the public, to make contacts and to build a relationship with buyers and potential buyers. Brighton Art Fair has come to be seen as a friendly, high quality show, firmly established as a must-visit event in many art buyers calendars. It is now the largest art exhibition on the South Coast and brings together about 130 of the most talented national painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors along with artist groups and Sussex based galleries. Tickets are available on the door at £6 per person (children under 14 free) or in advance on-line. Advance tickets cost £5.00 but there is a booking fee. Private View tickets for Thursday, 16th September (6pm - 8.30pm) are also available on-line. An exhibitor catalogue is included in the ticket price.

The South West Contemporary Art Fair (23-24 October 2010)
Founded in 2005, the South West Contemporary Art Fair was originally held at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Exeter. The success of the fair meant that space restrictions at the Phoenix became limited - we are very excited about our new venue of the spacious Civic Hall in Totnes which not only gives the fair the opportunity to expand and provide a larger platform for artists - but also offers more choice for buyers. The fair gives artists the chance to network directly with the public and galleries in a relaxed and unstuffy environment and gives buyers the chance to purchase high quality contemporary art direct from the artist.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

F O R U M minutes : June 17th, Turner House


… to Emma
- Ffotogallery’s Gallery Officer, Operations & Events
- Musician in Cardiff-based band, Islet, creator of ‘zine, The Isness

… to Paul
- Editor of Fashion, Music, Contemporary Photography, Performance Art and Literature 'glossy'
- Subscribe to Blown Magazine e-zine

… to Gareth
- The scientist within the group, and photographer on the side.

… to Daryl
- Photographer by profession, earning a living and feeding his soul.

… to Jorge
- Student at UWIC about to graduate from an MFA in Fine Art.
- Final exhibition to be held in Sept, date to be confirmed.

… to Briony
- Writer and creative writing tutor
- Works in text

… to Joanne
- Ffotogallery volunteer and occasional freelancer
- Has just started a blog for photography and writing

… to Helen
- Ffotogallery’s Gallery Officer, Audience Development
- Graphic assignee for various forthcoming publications

… to Dimitra
- NEW to F O R U M, Moved to South Wales 12 years ago
- Photographer and painter, on the side

... to F O R U M
- The ideal of F O R U M is to be a meeting point for artists, photographers, practitioners, etc., of all the fields of art, to discuss and share ideas, projects, works, etc.
- The aim is to be a supportive community, welcome to new members and new ideas.
*please also observe official statement opposite

Re-cap of important F O R U M dates
- July 15th; Artsist talk followed by F O R U M
- Aug 12th; Art BBQ
NB/ In a controlled fashion, adhering to all health & Safety rules and regulations, should this FORUM offer an opportunity for FORA 2, the destruction of art or artefact for the cause of creativity, via burning!
Also, Briony will discuss future project/ public performance that will take place at the end of October
- Arty Party in Sept in addition to F O R U M

Continuation of FORA…
… should this be an exhibition?

For further decisions/ discussions to be made, a space needs to be negotiated.
Suggestions for exhibition space,
- Disused/ derelict buildings
- Empty shop fronts; see Open Empty Spaces, ARC (Castle Arcade)
- Public intervention; outside, In the park.
- In a private dwelling; house
- Jacobs Antiques; top floor
- Established premises; Milkwood, Print Haus

Other topics/ questions raised
- Democracy in the gallery; does this exist? Is this something we should be more concerned about establishing/ demolishing?
- What is an exhibition? What does ‘exhibition’ mean to our members? How formal/ informal should an exhibition be? Is an exhibition classified by its duration?
- Should there be formal constraints put in place for making work; subject matter, site specificity, etc. aside from the constraints of time, the exhibition space, the chosen medium/ format of the work.

For our next F O R U M
- RESEARCH POSSIBLE VENUES; bring relevant data, costs, proposals, ‘physicalities’ of venues researched in order to commit to a venue

Definitive conclusion to an indefinite debate : we have committed to commit!

Thursday, 17 June 2010


Ffotogallery are proud to present a gallery talk by Michael Carklin, Head of Academic Programmes at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, at the University of Glamorgan, tonight at Turner House from 6.30PM.

Having grown up in Johannesburg, Michael studied and lectured in Grahamstown, South Africa, before moving to the UK. Specialising in African visual art and literature, he will be reflecting on our current exhibition, Life Less Ordinary : Performance & Display in South African Art.

This event is free and all are welcome.
Refreshments will also be provided.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Book Arts Fayre S T R E E T T E A M

Ffotogallery's autumnal Book Arts Fayre is a matter of months away, and Ffotogallery are looking to recruit a small, enthusiastic team of volunteers to work with the Gallery Officers to plan and develop Ffotogallery’s second Book Arts Fayre of 2010, taking place on 9th October.

A knowledge of online social networking tools, a positive attitude to promotion and good PR skills are desirable, alongside a passion for Book Arts, and you will gain invaluable experience in events management and marketing as Project Officers and BAF mascots!

If you have the time and more than the inclination, please get in touch with Emma or Helen for further information/ to express your interest ( 708 870)

Go T E A M !Link
Also, check out the BOOK ARTS FAYRE BLOG for updates and Flickr for photos of past events!