Channel / 31 May 2022

May Newsletter

Open Call: Communities of Choice, with Chennai Photo Biennale

We are thrilled to continue working with our partners at Chennai Photo Biennale to launch a brand new open call. We extend an invitation to multidisciplinary artists working with lens based mediums, photography and film to further enquire into the notion of ‘Communities of Choice’, to reflect, question and ponder over questions of belonging and choice. This opportunity is open to all and we particularly encourage applications from underrepresented communities.

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Three angels and Bacchus © John Paul Evans

Event reminder: John Paul Evans exhibition preview

We’re excited to be reopening the gallery next month and we hope you can join us on Thursday 17th June to help us celebrate the work of John Paul Evans with his exhibition ‘what is lost…what has been’. The show will continue from 17th June until 3rd September and coinciding with the exhibition will be a programme of events and collaborations with local LGBTQ+ artists, groups and communities so keep an eye on your inbox for more details coming soon.

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In conversation with Nelly Ating and Iko-Ono Mercy Haruna

Find out more about photographers Nelly Ating and Iko-Ono Mercy Hatuna in this recording of our recent online event which took place as part of a series of events during Mental Health Awareness Week. The artists are joined in discussion by Cynthia Sitei, Creative Producer at Ffotogallery.

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Change Makers Project

Over the last couple of months, our Learning & Engagement manager Cath has been working alongside a group of young women on the Change Makers Project. Ffotogallery have partnered with Engage Cymru, EYST Wales , u.nify, Wales Millennium Centre and freelance creative Naz Syed on this project; it aims at guiding young people from ethnically diverse backgrounds through a programme of hands on and individually guided work in the visual arts medium. At the end of the programme, they will have achieved their Bronze Level Arts Award!

So far, some of the things they have experienced have ranged from a backstage tour of WMC and Radio Platfform, to a graffiti workshop at Spit and Sawdust, to creating their own collage photomontages in response to Edgar Martins' exhibition at Ffotogallery last month.

Book of the month

Corinne Silva – Garden State

In this monograph, artist Corinne Silva considers how gardening, like mapping, is a way of allocating territory. Between 2010 and 2013, Silva made a series of visits to Israeli occupied territories. She travelled across twenty-two Israeli settlements making photographs of public and private gardens. Silva presents this visually rich photographic journey and examines how the gardens in these occupied lands are both material and symbolic evidence of a continuing colonisation.

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Michael, Matthew, Lisa and Kimberley, playing upstairs at home - Gurnos Estate, Methyr - December 1985 © Francesca Odell

Francesca Odell

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of photographer Francesca Odell, whose work documenting valleys communities in the 1980s forms an important part of the Valleys Project. Her work continues to be enjoyed by many, and we send our condolences to her family and friends.

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Our Voices, Our Stories, Our History

Race Council Cymru’s Windrush Exhibition is due to go on show at Wales Millennium Centre’s Glanfa foyer from 6 June – 3 July. The powerful exhibition features the stories of over forty people from the Windrush Generation in Wales.

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Photo Intaglio – Cardiff Print Workshop

If you have a passion for printmaking and photography, why not book onto this course run by Cardiff Print Workshop. A basic introduction to photo-etching using photopolymer intaglio techniques. This workshop will cover all the elements needed to produce a successful print using photopolymer plates.

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