projects

SCORE at Experimentica

11 Apr 2024 at Chapter, Cardiff CF5 1QE.
SCORE will delve into an exploration of performativity and play within the Welsh context in a
new site-specific commission’.

It’s been a real pleasure to develop work with SCORE on Maes Chwarae over the last few months.
Here are 2 images of my video and projection made as part of experimental preparation for our performance
– the first showing Rob Oros and the second Tim Martin-Jones.

 

SCORE Experimentica artists are: Beth Greenhalgh, Tess Wood, Vivian Ross-Smith, Tessa Waite, Iona Hannagan Lewis, Lewis Prosser, Tim Martin-Jones, Rob Oros, Penny Hallas.
‘SCORE is a pulsating slime of oddballs and artists from across Wales. Devised in 2022 as a provocation to explore ‘live-ness’ and performativity within the Welsh context, SCORE is a curious constellation of energies and aspirations, constantly reshaping and redefining the boundaries of its own creative expression. Central to the group’s method is a thirst for playfulness, collaboration, co-authorship, grit, tenderness, the ephemeral, and the ‘live’. Working together to perform in the face of the unknown’.

MYRIORAMA

10 Feb – 6 May 2024 Gallery 2, Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
17 Mar 2-4pm. Artist talk with Alan Bowring, geologist and Geopark Officer.
Celebrating the bicentenary of the myriorama.

200 years ago J.H. Clark and S. Leigh created a game to tap into a new craze sweeping Europe.
Meaning ‘many views’, their Myriorama was a set of 16 illustrated cards that could be rearranged to create
a near-endless variety of cohesive scenes. Long before cinema this was seen as a fine amusement for all
the family. I use but subvert the Myriorama’s idealised picturesque aesthetic, combining and intermingling narratives, deliberately introducing elements of dissonance and misfit as a way of extending conversations
about how we perceive and value the land in a time of environmental crisis.

Gweld y wybodaeth yma yn Gymraeg ar-lein

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus SY23 3DE
Artist talk in the Round Studio, Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Free / am dim

A Private Land / Tir Diarffordd

Oct 28 – Oct 29 The Muse, Glamorgan St. Brecon.
Two day collaborative Art Lab to share narratives about the former Mid Wales Hospital.
With Susan Adams and guests. See A Private Land / Tir Diarffordd for full details of the weekend events and
the BLOG to read all about the project

Ymunwch â ni yn ystod ein labordy celf cydweithredol dros 2 ddiwrnod i weld, clywed a rhannu naratif newydd
am yr hen ysbyty a phobl sy’n gysylltiedig ag ef cyn iddo ddiflannu’n llwyr. Edrychwch ar y dolenni am yr holl fanylion.

Our Picturesque Landscape

See the full 14 panel myriorama as part of the Our Picturesque Landscape Project exhibition at
The Dory Gallery 16 Sept – 8 Oct 2023 exhibition open 10am-4pm (closed Mondays)

15 Sept 3-4pm Private View
30 Sept 2–4pm Artists in Conversation. Book via eventbrite
1 Oct 10.30-12.30 Make a goup myriorama: free workshop
https://myriorama.eventbrite.co.uk

The Dory Gallery, Regent St, Llangollen LL20 8HL

Image: 3 of 14 interchangeable panels: crayon, charcoal, graphite, black chalk on paper, each panel 75.5 cms x 218. These 14 panels can be rearranged in nearly a trillion different ways. Video clip and more info -see recent posts on instagram

The Reading Group

Catseyes en route: Llangatwg to Cardiff for The Reading Group Exhibition at Oriel Canfas
9 Sept – 5 Oct 2023
9 Sept Opening 3-6pm

Oriel Canfas, 44a Glamorgan St, Cardiff, CF5 1QS
Open 1-4.30 Tues – Fri, 11-4.30 Sat
With Frances Woodley, Chris Nurse, Susan Adams, Jacqueline Alkema, Jan Bennett, Jane Fletcher, Kay Keogh, David Gould, Carol Hiles, Heather Parnell, Tiff Oben, Jess Woodrow
Co-curated by Chris Nurse and Frances Woodley

Image: Route 2 (7) 2022, part of a series of 24 paintings on glass catseyes (oil, each 1.5 cm) seated in 12 rubber casings (acrylic, each 9.5 x 8cms x 5cms)

Lost in Transit

New work in response to The Carriageworks, Denbigh
6 May 2023 Launch 1-3 pm,
6 May – 25 June (opening days Thurs – Sat 11-4pm)

Lost in Transit brings together different creative responses to the building’s original purpose and context, showcasing drawings, photographs, found objects and sculptural reflections to explore the record of history, permanence, transience and absence.

With Louise Short and Zoe Preece, curated by Alex Boyd Jones
The Carriageworks, 6, Love Lane, Denbigh, LL16 3LU

A Private Land / Tir Diarffordd

Susan Adams and I are starting a new project together, thanks to Arts Council Wales and National Lottery support.

After more than a century, the physical remains of the former Mid-Wales Hospital are falling into the final stages of dissolution, but it remains a site of intense and complex emotional resonance for many different communities and groups. Entering imaginatively into the site and the hidden stories it suggests, we will invite the voices of people who have experienced mental health issues there or do so currently in the community. Culminating in co-produced arts events/installations, we will form new narratives in creative ways before both site and memories are lost to us.

Mae Susan Adams a finnau yn dechrau prosiect newydd gyda’n gilydd, wedi’i gynorthwyo gan Gyngor Celfyddau Cymru a’r Loteri Genedlaethol.

Ar ôl dros ganrif, mae olion ffisegol o’r cyn-Ysbyty Canolbarth Cymru yn disgyn i gamau olaf o’i ddiddymiad, ond fe barheir i fod yn safle o berthnasedd emosiynol dwys a chymhleth i lawer o gymunedau a grwpiau gwahanol. Trwy archwilio’r safle mewn ffordd ddychmygus a cheisio darganfod y straeon cudd ymhlyg, byddwn yn gwahodd lleisiau unigolion o fewn y gymuned sydd wedi delio gyda phroblemau iechyd meddwl ac unigolion a phrofir yn bresennol. Byddwn yn cloi gyda digwyddiadau/gosodiadau celfyddydol wedi’u cyd-gynhyrchu, gan llunio chwedlau newydd mewn ffyrdd creadigol cyn i ni golli’r safle a’r atgofion i gyd.

https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/a-private-land-tir-diarffordd/post/52629564/

 

Memory Into Landscape

Connectives are going to Elysium Gallery, Swansea for their exhibition, Memory into Landscape
18 Nov 2022 preview. Exhibition continues until 23 Dec.
Gallery open Weds – Sat 11am – 9pm. 210 High Street, Swansea SA1 1PE

Elysium gallery presents seven artists who investigate the relationship between landscape, history and identity through their personal experiences, perceptions, and narratives: especially how the past imprints itself on the present in our physical environments.

Lucien Anderson / Caroline Bugby / Isabella Campbell / Sara Dudman / Penny Hallas / Connie Hurley / Nikta Mohammed

Selected by Kathryn Campbell Dodd and Dr. Robert Newell

      

Reframing the Past >> Emerging Futures

Aug 26-28 2022 Live streaming of the video Megan Arnold and I have made as part of this
international collaborative project with Elysium Gallery and IICSI 
Click on http://improvfest.ca/ to watch live.

After talking about the paths laid out for us, whether on the land or in our stars, we decided to follow
will o’ the wisps. Through a process of call and response we have exchanged video, performance, sound
and texts which have taken us both off the beaten track and into unfamiliar terrain. Guided by instinct,
embracing risk and open to accident we found ourselves playing in the margins between freedom and
restraint, gravity and absurdity. The Future of the Universe / Mae Dyfodol y Bydysawd is a karaoke-
inspired video that subverts ideas of pre-determined futures on a personal, global, and galactic level.

You can read the full lyrics here Lyric sheet

Elysium gallery in partnership with IICSI commissioned 6 artists from Canada and Wales to
work together, developing cross-Atlantic strategies to create critical and experimental new work online.
Through A series of monthly online artist discussions, we want to create an innovative platform for
creative collaborations that will evolve into developing ideas that will form part of Elysium’s contribution
to IICSI’s IF Improvisation Festivals in 2022. With Jonathan Powell, Stephen Donnelly and Daniel Trivedy.
This project is supported by Wales Arts International

Other selected artists are: Tricia Enns, Jessica Lerner, Andrew Maize & Euros Rowlands.

Our Picturesque Landscape

Starting a new project in the Dee Valley as artist in residence with Our Picturesque Landscape

Image: canal and river water flanking the ultimate picturesque view from Dinas Bran, with anti-erosion measures

At the beginning of May, I started a research phase, gathering material to develop into a series of large scale drawings in the style of a myriorama. Myrioramas became a popular entertainment and educational tool in the early 1800’s, just as tourism was developing and as ideas of picturesque and sublime were being formed but also challenged by profound changes due to industrial and agricultural revolution. I will draw on this format  to respond imaginatively to a range of sites along the Dee Valley, bringing them into new relationship. By including visual elements that reflect the dilemmas and pressures on the Dee Valley – an area of intense and often conflicting demands – the work will offer new perspectives and awareness of important issues. The interchangeability of panels disrupts linear expectations and allows varying narratives of sense of place – and extends conversation about beauty, value, risk, damage and loss, unexpected impacts of human activity, resilience and reparation.

Image below: 1824 Clake’s Myriorama