cats eyes and projection

The work of nine artists – the Nonarchy – gently spreads misrule throughout the former Sports Direct Store at Undegun from April fools day to the end of the month.

Working across a range of approaches, including film, installation, animation, interventions in the landscape, drawing, painting and sculpture, they present something of a flow of ideas between the cultural and artistic foci of Undegun in Wrexham and The Creative Network, at Arts Alive Wales in the Black Mountains. Part of the excitement of this collaborative venture arises from the diversity of approaches of the artists. The challenge consists in responding to the venue itself, creating new work, or re-exploring established work in relation to the site and to the developing responses of the other artists.

NONARCHY PosterSusan Adams
Morag Colquhoun
Justine Cook
Penny Hallas
Richard Harris
Jamie Lake
Chris Nurse
Tessa Waite
Philip Watkins

For more details go to: http://thisproject.co.uk/undegun/
or https://www.facebook.com/Undegun/?fref=ts.

creative_network_logoThe show is supported by Brecknock Arts Trust and The Creative Network

The Tales we Tell

Undegun clip

Installation of new and old work relating to the re-telling of the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice
Un Deg Un, Wrexham
30 Jan - 28 Feb 2015

opening event 30 Jan 6-9pm
closing event 28 Feb 2-5pm A group of poets, musicians and a voice improvisation artist
perform in relation to the installation – the latest in a series of films/performances, each of which
offers a retelling of the myth, and of the collaborative process itself. With Steve Boyland, Lyndon Davies, Anthony Mellors, Scott Thurston and Rhys Trimble

Go to my blog for more information.

Boxing the Chimera


An exhibition of imaginative responses to the contents of three South Wales museums, including
the Swansea Museum Collection Centre, celebrating the beauty and variety of objects on display
and exploring their relation to community and place.

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From Here and There: drawings from Swansea to Colorado

Penny Hallas film still

Trip to Colorado as part of Elysium Gallery’s artist exchange with Clara Hatton
Gallery Colorado USA. Showing drawings and A Short Film about Drawing

26 Sept – 23Oct 2014 Clara Hatton Gallery, U.S.A &
29 Nov – 13 Dec 2014 Elysium Gallery, UK

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paybox still

3 May – 31st May 2014

Exhibition of new drawings and film made in response to the collection at Newport Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition represents initial thoughts for Boxing the Chimera, an ongoing Arts Council Wales funded research and development project exploring the real and imagined contents of three museums in South Wales. Follow the blog boxing the chimera for more information.

Still from Paybox film. Music by Robin Wiltshire: https://soundcloud.com/rw-music-1

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3 week residency, re-creating elements of my studio, transported to the retail heart of the capital along with drawing, film and found objects from the black mountains

Pantechnicon: originally a building intended for the sale of all kinds of artistic work. A removal van.
Loosely – a receptacle holding a large number of miscellaneous objects.

22 Nov 2013 Opening event 6-8pm
7 Dec 2013 Closing event 2.30-5.30pm. Poets and writers engaged with the exhibition and responded to it in their various ways, whether by readings, improvisations, lectures, pronouncements, discussions… Allen Fisher, Graham Hartill, David Greenslade, Lyndon Davies, Chris Paul, Anthony Mellors.

More info about Pantechnicon

Arcadecardiff Unit 17, Queens Arcade, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 2BY

Eurydice / Orpheus event

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Artworks and film clips alongside poetry, performances and readings on the subject of the myth.
Glasfryn Seminars 23 March 2013.

In my Orpheus / Euridice drawings and film clips I am interested in breaking up the narrative and scattering the charcteristics which are generally attributed to particular protagonists, so that each element in the story has a new relationship to every other element.

Presenters at the seminar included Dr. Angie Voela on French artist Bracha Ettinger, who regularly draws on the myth of Eurydice.

For more details of the day see Glasfryn Seminars

Frederick J Fredericks

cave piece

For hundreds of years people have been visiting the caves at Craig y Cilau National Nature Reserve. Drawings, messages and names in the cave can be found dating from at least 1787, when Frederick J Fredericks made his mark.

On 30th October 2011, as part of Arts Month Xtra, artists, poets and musicians embarked on a series of arts events in the Nature reserve, including an artist led walk from Llangattock to the caves. Artists, Poets and Performers include:
artists: Susan Adams, Stefhan Caddick, Morag Colquhoun, Tessa Waite, Chris Nurse, Penny Hallas,
Poets: Lyndon Davies, John Goodby, David Greenslade, Graham Hartill, Anthony Mellors, Scott Thurston, Christopher Twigg
Musicians: Gillian Stevens – Crwth. Team Sports (Matthew Lovett, Jimmy Ottley, Ian Watson)

Full details of the Frederick J Fredericks event, including site map can be found at www.stefhancaddick.co.uk/new/frederick-j-fredericks

Y Lle Celf, Eisteddfod Wrecsam

image courtesy of Brecknock Museum and Art gallery

image courtesy of Brecknock Museum and Art gallery

40 drawings from the Orpheus project were shown at Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod Wrecsam 2011.

Gwilym Morus was commissioned as the Art Space Poet at this year’s National Eisteddfod, Wrecsam. One of the ten pieces he responded to in the exhibition was the ‘Orpheus drawings’. His response was in words and music, so as well as the lyrics going up on the wall alongside the work, he also recorded an album. Orffiws is the ninth track on the album: the words are given below, and the album can be heard by following the link to Gwilwm’s website, below.

Ymateb i ‘Orffiws’ gan Penny Hallas

…sef bardd chwedlonol y Groegwyr a rwygwyd yn
ddarnau gan ferched gwyllt y Bacchanalia.

Mae darnau bach ei hunan
ar chwâl ymysg y chwyn -
y bardd anfarwol truan
wedi’i hau fel hadau syn.

Yn ymraniadau amwyll
ei gyflwr chwith caiff fyw,
ag yntau’n gasgliad gorffwyll
o greiriau rhyfedd, gwyw.

Mae bellach yma’n rhythu
lle nad oes iddo hedd,
a’i ffrwythlon ddatgymalu
yn gwrthod iddo fedd.

Gwilym Morus (2011)

Dilyniant yn nhrefn yr albwm lle Troediaf Ymddengys y Llawr
Ewch i www.caneuon.com/babellgelf

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru Wrecsam a’r Fro                                                                                                                       www.eisteddfod.org.uk

Orpheus Project: Interfaces Conference

Image from Orpheus Project film29 Jan 2011 ‘ Encounters beyond the page/screen/stage’. A one-day research workshop event and exhibition. University of Exeter, Department of English.

As part of the Orpheus Project, a presentation will be made of film and images by Penny Hallas, script by Lyndon Davies, with music drawn from Gill Steven’s composition ‘Sounds from Solitude’