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!

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Studio>B Open Studios

On Saturday 19th June 2010 Studio>B will open their doors for your viewing pleasure from 10am-7pm.

Alistair Owen
Emily Stevens
James Harper
Kelly Best
Lauren Foulkes
Rowena Nicholson

will be showing new photography, painting and other disciplines.

24 Tudor Lane, Cardiff CF11 6AZ.

Fireworks Clay Studios will also be hosting open studios on the first floor.

All welcome!

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Incandescent presents, Wales Book of the Year 2010 longlist poet

Philip Gross : 'I Spy Pinhole Eye'
Poetry & Photography Collaboration

Philip Gross, poet and professor of creative writing at the University of Glamorgan, will be reading from his latest poetry and photography collaboration, I Spy Pinhole Eye, with photographer Simon Denison.

Gross, was named winner of the 2009 TS Eliot prize for his detailed and lyrical meditations on the ever-changing waters of the Severn estuary, The Water Table.

Come and discuss the collaborative process with local, TS Eliot Prize winner!

Meeting Room 4 on Level 4
Cardiff Central Library
Thursday 17th June
From 5.30pm

All welcome – free entry

Thursday, 3 June 2010

F O R U M minutes : Thursday, May 27th, held at Chapter Arts Centre.

I propose, in honour of Peter Liversidge : Proposals for Cardiff, and in the absence of Mr T Hobson, to detail below the minutes for the last F O R U M meeting.

Present, in some form of alphabetical order,

Subject matter, in order of appearance,

Dates proposed for forthcoming F O R U M;
Thursday, June 17th,
Thursday, July 15th, in conjunction with gallery event at Turner House, I’m a photographer, not a terrorist.
Thursday, August 12th, bringing back the Art BBQ! The ONLY time talking art with your mouth full of burger is allowed,
and Thursday, September 23rd.

Other dates for your diary, Saturday, 9th October, for Ffotogallery’s now infamous Book Arts Fayre.
Unless otherwise stated, all above events will be held at Turner House.

Access has been arranged to print off the final ‘zine booklets.
Once this has been done, and the budget has been arranged/ analysed, a meeting can be held to stick and stuff the final copies.
Potential exhibition of Fora One has been proposed, further details to be confirmed on completion.

An exhibition of new F O R U M works to be held at Helen’s house before the end of September/ summer.
All existing and new FORUM members to contribute, proposals to be discussed at the next F O R U M meet.

Concern has been raised as to whether F O R U M has become closed to new members following the establishment of a group of core members.
To progress,
Firm plans for future F O R U M meetings will be made and posted on
F O R U M blog, well in advance of meeting.
Actively invite other artist members into the group, to show work and submit work for Fora Two.

All updates welcome for exhibitions, competitions, submissions, job opportunities, etc, from ALL disciplines not just photography.

Other topics discussed, in short or at length,
Nests and eggs; Kathryn Ashill performance in Hay, June 5th; bunting, rural art show in Drefelin, Carmarthenshire featuring members of F O R U M; strawberries, walnut trees,
copper polecats, sneaking buffet from the cwtch, free movies at Chapter, camping in the poets garden; F O R U M = Sugababes; Print Haus; proposals.


Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Job Opportunities with National Museum Wales

Two positions are currently being advertised for roles within National Museum Wales;

Temporary Facilitator
, Clore Discovery Centre
Glanely Gallery, National Museum Cardiff

Contract up to January 2011
Salary: £20,978 - £23,916 per annum (pro rata)

The Clore Discovery Centre (located in the Glanely Gallery) provides an informal area where the general public and schools can access and handle objects from the collections guided by expert staff.

They are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and motivated facilitator with excellent communication skills to join the team, on a fixed term basis.

Closing date for applications: 4 June 2010 (by 5.00 pm)
Interview date: 17 June 2010

'Exploring Nature' Facilitator
St Fagans: National History Museum
Contract: 16 months, 3 days per week
Salary: £20,978 per annum (pro rata)

St Fagans are looking for an enthusiastic person with excellent communication skills to create, develop and deliver a programme of interpretative activities for existing and new visitors.

This exciting project is funded by BIFFA and Legal & General, as a means of interpreting the rich and varied biodiversity of St Fagans.

Closing date for applications: 11 June 2010 (by 5.00 pm)
Interview date: 29 June 2010

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales is an equal opportunities employer.
Applications are welcome from all sections of the community.

If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please visit for further information, and an application form.

Good luck.