Sunday, 31 January 2010


Hey Forum,
My first post, (appropriately on the Ffotogallery Blog) is about the medium of cardboard.

Really enjoying looking at Sams work on his interweb place, and thought you'd like to see other cardboard creations knocked up by the inspirational hands of my good friend 'IceCreamVanMan' . Maybe we will see the IceCreamVanMan in Cardiff at some point.


Saturday, 30 January 2010

Free Improv links for all...

Hey everyone, it's Jack B here.
As promised, just a few links re: Gaia Recordings and the like:

Gaia Recordings (site to be worked on!)
Tom Jackson
Ashley-John Long
Daniel Lewis Projects
Jazz at Dempsey's


Friday, 29 January 2010


Thanks to all who attended last night's FORUM, it was a new year scorcher packed full of exciting news and art. If you would like to present work at the next FORUM then get in touch by emailing P.s we are changing the date to Thursday the 18th of February we think - post your comments below!

Here are the minutes as compiled by tommy hobson, Jo also took notes so she
might also post those later.

Naturally I started FORUM by talking about myself

and then we talked about............

FORUM print project. The vibe is A5, the brief is open, cogs are turning - Is Jack going to design some sort of lush slip case thing??? Next Book Arts Fayre is scheduled for Saturday April the 17th - get thinking! !

The Crew

Sam Aldridge

Image - 'All'aperto spazzola' ( the outside brush ). Sam also updated us on the Freezing Art Fair, Open Empty Spaces, British Racing Green and his work for the show auxesis at Tactile Bosch. Fantastic stuff.

Kathryn Ashill

....was next up in the hotseat to introduce herself and her practice, but not before she introduced me to rissole! "Her work concentrates on her physical interpretations of her surroundings that culminate in live actions that are documented through photography and film." We talked about Dress Doll, rivers, Pontardawe, boobleeches and her forthcoming shows and projects such at mission gallery in Swansea amongst others!

Joanne Sutton

Otherwise known as jojo, took us on a photographic trip to nudesville with her black and white images of a local nudist, bridge tutor and man "Brian". She has the best New Years Resolution ever which is " to be better generally" and likes port salut cheese!

The image below is from Milan and is ken boody!

Helen Wangbatang Warburton

Updated us on her show " Lost In Transit " and her portraits of mother and daughter subjects. She also mentioned the notorious Kitsch Stitch Club, coming to a venue near you soon.

Jack Bishop

Original Saltash Bad Boy Jack Bishop gave us the low down on; the experimental jazz free improv record label GAIA recordings that he is working on, the procrastinator magazine and his miniature abstract technical morphological drawings that sounded lushy lush.

He is the designated print magician! hit us up with some images Jack.

Next up it was Briony Goffin, who talked about her creative writing practice and the three year project that she is undertaking with the whitchurch hospital. Briony writes about art and writing and creativity and writing and hinted that she might be making something visual for the FORUM Print Project!

She also covered her ongoing investigation into texting and the project in Chapter Arts CEntre's bar, and writing for the radio.

Forum faithful Darryl Corner is best known to the FORUM group as the writer of the weekly arts column for the Western Mail. For this FORUM we got to look at his beautiful photographs and new work that you can see on his blog. Very interesting work that includes landscapes, ephemeral marks, observations of a travellin' man. He also briefly introduced some of the commercial and moving image work that are included in his practice.

Lastly, Forum's best dressed man Gareth Farr showed us his freshly developed series of "washed up balls" as Kath Ashill termed them (thanks Kath !). Taken along Penarth's coastline the series looked good, but how will it translate to A5 print? Watch this space to find out. Mock up 2 below. Probably going to aim to collect another 50 or so images, as this may work as a large piece too. Big up.

Wowzer, that was a long post.

You should all be able to change anything that you wish and please do comment!


Tom x

Thursday, 28 January 2010

InterCity MainLine Black Rainbow Exhibition

FORUM group member Tom Hobson and the InterCity MainLine crew had an exhibition at the end of 2009 at the newly established studios and gallery in Bristol, "Motorcade/Flashparade".

You can see more from the InterCity MainLine boys at and of course purchase your copies of the bi-monthly zine they print! Wicklar.

Monday, 25 January 2010

The photographer who cried wolf!

wolf pictureView larger picture

Judges of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award are convinced José Luis Rodriguez staged the prize-winning photograph of an Iberian wolf, which scooped the coveted annual, award for 2009. Read Robert Booth of the Guardian's more in-depth report on the issue here.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

we like...
from the series, Cover

Lynne Cohen

A selection of images from Cover were exhibited in CONSTRUCT; a group show at James Hyman Gallery, London between 26.11.2009 - 22.12.2009 alongside Karen Knorr and Mayumi Terada.
Cover brings together large format photographs of unpopulated public and civil service interiors, including swimming pools, military training facilities, police buildings and offices.

5B4 bookblog

Highly recommended viewing if you like to read about new photographic book projects and releases. 5B4 is a blog set up by Erata Editions (responsible for the 'Books on Books' series which study out-of-print classic photography books, like Walker Evans - American Photographs and Chris Killip - In Flagrante)
So interesting it has secured itself a place in our 'useful links'! click the image to visit the 5B4 blog.

The Silent Village Book Launch

Scheduled in for February 10th 2010! An ambitious print project featuring the work of the three exhibiting artists ( Peter Finnemore, Rachel Trezise and Paolo Ventura ) alongside texts and contained within an elegant slipcase!

more details to follow

Anna Fox nominated for Deutsche Borse Prize!

Anna Fox, Zoe Leonard, Sophie Ristelhueber and Donovan Wylie have been nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2010. The prize is presented by The Photographers’ Gallery, London. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 17 March 2010.

Anna Fox (born in 1961 in the UK) is nominated for her exhibition, Cockroach Diaries & Other Stories at Ffotogallery, Cardiff (28 July – 10 October 09), initiated by Impressions, Bradford.

The Silent Village exhibition now open!

Peter Finnemore, Humphrey Jennings, Rachel Trezise, Paolo Ventura – The Silent Village

Jan 16 - Feb 27 2010

On June 10th 1942, the Czechoslovakian village of Lidice was obliterated by the Nazis. In total, 340 villagers were murdered, either by firing squads or later in concentration camps. Throughout the West, news of the atrocity was met with outrage that inspired various acts of commemoration including poems, novels, symphonies and films.

Within weeks of the Lidice tragedy, work had begun on translating those events into a film supported by the Ministry of Information, London, and made in South Wales. In September 1942, a Crown Film Unit crew arrived in the Upper Swansea Valley at the small village of Cwmgïedd, close to the town of Ystradgynlais. Under the supervision of the artist, poet and filmmaker Humphrey Jennings, they set out to make a short film that recreated the fate of Lidice. The Silent Village (1943) both memorialises a recent tragedy, and alludes to future scenarios involving loss of liberty and ultimately death.

This exhibition and accompanying publications examine from a new perspective the distinctive relations of time and place that defined Humphrey Jennings’ original film. The film has provided contemporary artists and writers with an opportunity to reflect on the circumstances that brought it into being and some of the issues it raises. The artists Paolo Ventura and Peter Finnemore, the writer Rachel Trezise and the film historian David Berry, offer their response to a film that is both a reconstruction of the Lidice atrocity and a film about Welsh life in the early 1940s.

The Silent Village is a Ffotogallery commission in partnership with the University of Wales, Newport.

The project initiator, exhibition curator and main essay writer is Russell Roberts, Reader in Photography at the European Centre for Photographic Research, University of Wales, Newport.