Not long until 19th to 21st September LLAWN – Llandudno Arts Weekend I will be over at Haus of Helfa with my projection in response to Llandudno’ lost buildings. My short film in response to Gareth Griffith work in situ with his installation and the spoken word of Rhys Trimble. Also due to the Response my video for the Llandudno IPP event My Tedder house Lost space will also be on show to the general public.
I was asked to respond to some of the history of Tedder House in Llandudno for Ideas People Places, working alongside Marc Rees, Lisa Carter and Helfa Gelf. Now standing empty stripped back to the bare bricks, all the that remains of the old R.A.F.A Club are stories and a few artefacts amongst the surviving members. After meeting with several people who were involved with the old club I was able to piece together a few memories and bring some of this once great town instution back to life. The work was projected onto a trophy cabinet from the old club on the opening night, and club members were invited to see it, there will be another opportunity to see the film in September during Helfa Gelf.
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
- Colwyn Bay
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
- Town rejects council’s vote to demolish pier (alanwhitfield80.wordpress.com)
- Colwyn Bay Pier demolition will be fought against, say campaigners (walesonline.co.uk)
- Colwyn Bay pier’s condition ‘distresses everybody’ in the town, says Welsh Secretary (walesonline.co.uk)
- AUDIO: Nile Rodgers on living in Colwyn Bay (bbc.co.uk)
‘Llandudno welcomes you’ as the sign says reaching the brow to he hill at Penrynside. Always sticks in my mind. Such an iconic sign for the area, hence its recent renovation. However when all the glitz and pomp post extravaganza ad summer merriment. Clandudno becomes a cold lonely place until march. In simple terms we still go about our ways just with more parking spaces. The contestant for me is the sea. It’s always here, always different! The Horizon line never changes. Always when i look out to see it makes me think of Mark Rothko. it cuts you in half
My response to the empty space that was Dolgarrog Aluminium works and the pride of the people who worked there. The work was part of Haus of Helfa for Llawn01. Taken from an 8mm cine film projection found at a car boot sale and over 3 hrs of conversation with John ‘Brickie’ Roberts. Then projected on the old Canteen wall at Dolgarrog Aluminium works.
This is a poem about me. I went to my first Liverpool F.C game in 1987 and my first Widnes R.L.F.C game in 1983. So aged 3 and 7 them memories etch into your brain. A right of passage what ever you go onto. Know one can take your teams away from you. I was lucky enough to spend time in a recent exhibition in Oriel Mostyn in Llandudno. I the presence of a Box used by artist Gareth Griffiths to take his son’s to match at Anfield. The power of ‘The Box’ moved me…
Thanks for sharing it with us Gareth!
Not my White box.
Someone else’s vantage point,
chips hold stories,
celebration, sadness, glory.
On that afternoon,
like a full stop,
alone it stood,
together, raised scarfs taught.
Your words made me feel 9
The feeling surrounds me lots of looking up.
The raised rim on a plastic flask mug.
The floor touching my feet through worn souls.
The Safety and smells of cut grass before me.
Winter cold rattles my mittens.
Floodlight halo’s dot my eyes.
Barbwire fences brown glass spikes.
Thousands packed in tight.
Now I’m back and still no connection?
Just know I’ve been there.
A time so much simpler?
Black and white Red or blue…
The beach came from the sea they seemed to be constructing it for weeks and only working by night
- Colwyn Bay rebuilds its beach in time for summer by pumping sand from seabed (dailymail.co.uk)
- Pier plan is given grant boost (bbc.co.uk)