Channel / 23 Jul 2020

July Newsletter

We are delighted to announce that Ffotogallery is working towards the re-opening of our gallery and education facilities in Cardiff, and we hope to be opening our doors again this Autumn. We wish to acknowledge the support we have received from the Arts Council of Wales, including a Stabilisation Fund grant. This grant not only provided a financial lifeline for the organisation, but also enables us to complete our access audit and to increase the accessibility of our physical and online offer, and to introduce public health and social distancing measures that will ensure the safety of staff and visitors. Having kept in touch with you during lockdown, we are especially pleased to report that we are now providing a series of small commissions for emergent photographers and artists from across Wales, supporting a wide range of artist projects and helping them reach fruition in 2021. We have also started planning for Diffusion 2021, which is now scheduled to take place in Autumn 2021. These are challenging times, but the depth of support, resilience and creativity that has been shown in recent months by artists, the public, funders and our partner organisations leads us to believe that there is a brighter future ahead, and we will re-emerge strongly from the pandemic.

Photography and Language

Thursday 30 July, 6pm

Join us for this online discussion marking the launch of a new Visual Correspondence between Marcelo Brodsky and Michal Iwanowski. The two artists discuss their respective practices and how they approached the collaboration during lockdown. Alina Kisina, an artist, educator and linguist by training, will explore issues of visual literacy and creative expression, and how the online dimension of her global project Children of Vision empowers young people to share their unique vision of the world.

This event will be taking place online via Zoom – meeting details and further technical information will be provided upon booking.

This event is one of a series of conversations with artists and audiences around photography’s role in articulating culture and identity. The event links in with the Imagining the Nation State Open Call as part of our India-Wales collaborations.

Thumbnail image © Marcelo Brodsky

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Imagining the Nation State - Open Call

There is just over a month left to submit your proposal for our latest opportunity in partnership with Chennai Photo Biennale Foundation, ‘Imagining the Nation State’ – there are four grants available, two for artists in Wales, and two for artists in India.

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A Woman's Work

A new exhibition, The Muse of the Greenhouse opens at Kaunas Photography Gallery from 25 July. The exhibition, featuring artists Irena Giedraitiene (Lithuania), Clare Gallagher (Northern Ireland), Jaana Kokko (Finland) and Elīna Brasliņa (Latvia) and curated by Jana Kukaine (Latvia), is built around the notion of the greenhouse and its multiple social, political and economical meanings.

Meanwhile at Gallery of Photography Ireland, the exhibition Delta by Hannah Modigh has reopened for one week only, from 22 – 31 July. The exhibition is free but booking is essential, so check the gallery’s website for more details.

Class of 2020

We thought we’d take the opportunity to cast the spotlight on those who are graduating this Summer from undergraduate photography and arts courses in Wales. Congratulations to the next generation of photographers and artists in Wales - we can’t wait to see what you do next.

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You might also want to check out the following:

Martin Parr Foundation Bursaries

Martin Parr Foundation has recently launched a photographic bursary to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic photographers in the UK. There are three bursaries in total, each providing £1,000 to enable a documentary photographer to complete an existing project, or begin a new project.

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Design Circle Photo Competition

Design Circle have launched a new competition to photograph the best of Wales’ 20th Century architecture. There are three cash prizes available as well as opportunities to be featured in future exhibitions and a publication.

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SOURCE Photography Writing Prize

Source is looking for new and diverse writers to be involved with the magazine. This is an open invitation to anyone who has never written for Source before to submit an unpublished article for us to read (max 700 words). There is a £500 prize for their favourite article, plus potential publishing opportunities to follow.

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Photoworks / English Heritage call out

Photoworks are working with English Heritage, as part of Shout Out Loud which asks young photographers to create new digital photographic artworks exploring their heritage – especially untold heritage.

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