From Here and There: drawings from Swansea to Colorado

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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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3 May – 31 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:

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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)

More details of the Frederick J Fredericks event at

Orpheus Project: videos

Collaboration with poets and musicians continues, to explore the myth through the interplay
between spoken, musical and visual languages. These films use images from The Orpheus
Drawings (see ‘artwork’) and recordings and film made in and around Craig y Cilau National Nature reserve
and Eglwys Faen cave.

For more on the Orpheus Project click here

Orpheus Project: Interfaces Conference

Image from Orpheus Project film

29 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’

Orpheus Project: Border / Lines event

In November Glasfryn Seminars played host to Border/Lines, a group of poets and academics who come together to discuss literature, critical practice and theory and to explore links, differences and new approaches to an understanding of their relationship.

The chosen text was Maurice Blanchot’s essay The Gaze of Orpheus, and people were asked to respond to this and to the general theme of the Orphic myths. The day commenced with a paper around these topics, by Lyndon Davies, and the rest of the morning and part of the afternoon was given over to discussion.

borderlines final imageDuring the morning, artist Penny Hallas had created two drawings for the Border/Lines event in her studio upstairs, and people were taken one by one to the studio to record their pre-prepared responses to the Blanchot essay to camera. After each reading the guest was invited to change both drawings, one with a rubber and one with a piece of charcoal. When everyone had done this, people came together to improvise written responses to the day, creating brief sentences and word-patterns which were then torn in half, each part of the sentence acquiring a response and a completion by another of the participants.?Armed with these reconstituted sentences the participants returned to the studio where, with the use again of rubber and charcoal, they performed a mass intervention on the drawings.

The day was documented by use of audio and filmed recordings, as well as by individual written texts which have been uploaded onto a Wiki Site.

Present: Philip Gross, Alice Entwistle, Kevin Mills, Wendy Mulford, Samantha Wynne Rhydderch, Richard Gwyn, Jeremy Hooker, Graham Hartill, Anne Cluysenaar, Lyndon Davies, Penny Hallas

Orpheus Project: Myth Literature Unconscious

Essex University Conference: ‘Myth, Literature and the Unconscious’
2nd, 3rd, 4th Sept 2010.

As part of the ongoing Orpheus Project, a presentation was made of film and images by Penny Hallas, script by Lyndon Davies, with music drawn from Gill Steven’s composition ‘Sounds from Solitude’. Making of the film was supported by technical wizard Steve Groves.

For more information about the Orpheus Project, click on ‘projects’ under categories.

Orpheus Project

This Arts Council Wales Research and Development project involves collaboration with poets and writers, Graham Hartill, John Goodby and Lyndon Davies, and musician Gillian Sevens, (Composer, Crwth and Viola player).

The project is an exploration of why the Orpheus myth is still so potent today, informed by the interplay between spoken, musical and visual languages.

Work has focussed on the caving system at Craig Y Cilau National Nature reserve on Mynydd Llangattock, with artwork, films, readings, recordings and crwth playing in and around the caves.

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