Dissecting a space, Words by Alan Whitfield


The spaces pull,
Under my skin.
No surface itches,
Drawn to the light.

Inside the whale,
Tentatively,
Contemplating,
Shafts of white.

A nasal breech,
Sawdust,
stale bleach,
Industrial fridge murder.

Christmas rush hush,
long gone.
Blaming lame public,
Purchase pessimism.

And you will stay no more,
No carpet floor.
A black corner.
No longer warm.

 

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Fork in the Road, Words by Alan Whitfield


So this is the beaten track
I’ve turned the corner now
Time etched in rock
3 figures of feet below me

Green stagnant pools
Hung over by gulls
I’m looking down
Birds give me perspective

I’m thinking about what?

What was their?
Lines in rock?
all that’s gone?
Still Undulating gulls flock.

Far away in vast abyss
Hi-vis calls Grampian tone
breaks the gaze…

No i’m alright?

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Welsh Streets


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In times of austerity councils like to take large a chunk of cash for condemning what they call derelict houses. They have done it with many parts of Liverpool now. Edge lane, parts of Anfield and Smithdown Road to name a few!

Many of the terraces have gone but ls left is dystopian with all street signs removed and a feel of 1984

However in Croxteth Princess park area are the “Welsh Streets” due to being built and lived in c.1880 by skilled Welsh workers. Welsh immigrants built a large percentage of buildings around Liverpool in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The homes were  named after places in Wales. Ringo Starr lived in Madryn Street as a child.

I was lucky enough to pay a visit to the Welsh houses on the weekend that some of the streets were actually saved

 

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Click On Cymru @orielcolwyn


Click on Cymru at Oriel Colwyn

I’m a Youth Worker for Conwy County Council in Colwyn bay. I’ve been teaching a group of 8 young people about Photography over the past few months as part of Cwl Cymru. We have been working together on their connection or importance of being Welsh. We have photographed in North wales

  • Betws Y Coed
  • Llandudno
  • Llanwrst
  • Colwyn Bay
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
  • Bangor

We also took the group down to Cardiff Bay for a Weekend. Where we also took some photos

We have been lucky to get a space at Oriel Colwyn from the 11th January. Which we are followed by the excellent Tom Wood and Mike McCartney after him. So im really chuffed to be able to finish the project in such style. Make sure you check out http://orielcolwyn.org/ above the theatre and the great work Paul Sampson is doing.

Hopefully see you there

Alan Whitfield, Risk, Sale Arts Centre 2013


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http://watersideartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/1297-risk/

Please go and see my exhibition if you are over at Sale in Manchester

I grew up in an industrial northern town. In the 1980s the industry left…

British industry underwent a period of turbulent change during the 1980s

as a result of new government policies.  The Thatcher administration then

advanced the concept of ‘The Industrial Estate’, which became an out

of town regeneration scheme that every town wanted.

As an island, there is only so much small industry our infrastructure can support.

Often when an area receives European funding, it is designated as an

inhabitable Brownfield Site renovation scheme. Such official terminology

can be perceived as disingenuous and becomes a metaphor for deprivation.

I aim to document the junctions and roads of the areas where the jobs never came.


	

Town rejects council’s vote to demolish pier


We need to spread the word. There are so many people in Conwy not aware this is going on. Great post

C O L W Y N • B A Y • O B S E R V E R • • •

pier-demolition-news17 Dec 2013Conwy council has voted to demolish Colwyn Bay’s Victoria pier – just six months after the pier was awarded a £594,900 development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Back then, the headlines reflected public (and official) optimism over the pier’s future. So, what’s changed in six months?

The original estimates cited by the council in 2010 were:

♦ Demolition of pier: £1.2m
♦ Rebuilding the basic pier (as a “boardwalk”):  £3.5m
♦ Rebuilding pier + “basic pavilion”: £5.5m

New figures were cited for the demolition vote (Dec 2013):

♦ Demolition: £1m
♦ Basic “boardwalk” pier refurbishment: £3.7m
♦ Pier refurbishment + new kiosks: £4.1m
♦ Pier + main pavilion refurbishment:  £8.9m
♦ Pier refurbishment + new build (as per HLF bid): £11.5m

The figure of “£15m” that you may have seen in media reports refers to the £11.5m figure, but with £4m (approx)…

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Artist In Resdidance Photos


 

 

A Little later than expected ( i forgot) Here a selection of images of the show i put on in Milazzo in Scilly as part of my artist residency. There are also some image from in and around the areaP1000407 P1000405 P1000402 P1000400 P1000399 P1000396 P1000394 P1000384 P1000392 IMAG0145 IMAG0151 IMAG0150 IMAG0140 Artigiana 2013 Presentation 021 _MG_2083milazzo show _MG_2082milazzo show