Here are couple of images from my Emerging Pathways Exhibition at Bodelwydden Castle. I Documented all the sign of small village Tremeirchion on the side of the Clwydian Range
i had a clear view of how I wanted the work to look by filling the wall as you walk into the space capturing the shear volume of the signs in the area
I think I captured all the signs there was just under 40 which coming up with the idea even I was shocked about
I think the tow signs i’ve shown here are the news and oldest that i found. The above sign Pre date the standardisation of British Road Signs by the Worboys Committee of 1963.
So its been a little while shall we say…
I found out about the closure of Oriel Wrecsam (probably may favourite gallery) that i have such a connection with. It gave me my first chance to grab at the slippy old balloon of the art bubble dream back in 2008 on selection for the Wrecsam Open. But now revitalised and mowing into pastures new its last Hara was Art Vend. The project selected artist to submit 50 pieces of work to go to vending machines placed around Wrecsam over the next few months. The work I submitted took the form of a Digital Protection locked away in the little plastic casual. Alongside this sits the brilliant documentary of the gallery in its closing weeks from https://twitter.com/OrielWresidency This was created by Simon Proffitt more of his work can be seen here A real eye for detail…
Artist in Oriel Gwynedd
Time is flying by with the project over at Oriel Gwynedd, Bangor. You can keep up to speed with the work and what I’m doing here https://tocynnwr.exposure.co I am about to start documenting the closure of the old gallery over the next coming months.
I have an Exhibition coming up from 25 April – 5 July 2015 alongside Susan Williams and Wendy Leah Dawson. I have been documenting the many signs of Tremeirchion for such a small village about 1 square mile with over 30 signs that I have managed to document
I’m also making a return to my third Helfa Gelf this year. I will be once again camped out in Haus Of Helfa, Llandudno after receiving confirmation of my work been selected. Think poems rubber bands and 360 degrees
Ffloc has been selected to work on a 3 week residency as part of connect 2 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre during May which will entail a visually projected element and poetry. This is going to be a massive challenge but great fun. This is to evolve into a bigger project
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
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
- 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
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.
‘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
So on Saturday the 2nd week of Helfa Gelf is under way come over and see me in Conwy. There was a good turn out over 20 people. We have screen prints for sale that I have been working on in calibration with Ronan Devlin. Hopefully see you there