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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

Hibernators / Gaearfgwyr

Jun 7 – Jul 2 2022
Group show ‘inspired by the time the world went to sleep’
The Art Shop, 8 Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. NP7 6SD
Tuesday – Saturday 09:30 a 17:00

Earlier this year I returned to painting on cat’s eyes, making 2 distinct series: Route 1 and Route 2.
Here’s a tiny preview of Route 1 – this image is a close up of 2 paintings reflecting on inner and outer journeys. View from Eglwys Faen cave mouth and horseshoe bat in Agen Allwedd caving system, Mynydd Llangatwg (each lense 1.5cms – oil paint).

Thanks David Morgan Davies and the Art Shop

DEMOLUTION

Connectives drawings included in DEMOLUTION, ‘an exhibition on the theme of destruction, revolution and societal collapse’.

23 April opening. Check @kl8exhibitions., Brussels for details and take a look at K.L.8 Exhibition Space for more about the theme and issues of the show.

Concentric celebrates IWD

Revenants (2019-22) in Concentric at tactileBOSCH Lounge, in celebration of International Women’s Day
9-31 Mar 2022 Weds-Sat 1-6pm
18 Mar 6-10pm, Event night with performances

With Jacqueline Alkema, Adéolá Dewis, Leona Jones, Temmah and Patricia Ziad
tactileBOSCH Lounge, Capitol Centre, Queen’s Street, Cardiff CF10 2HQ
@tactilebosch

31 Mar 7-9pm DECENTRIC – live performances with guests Nia Davies, Allen Fisher, Tessa Waite,
Steven Hitchins, Beth Greenhalgh, Lyndon Davies and others…

There is an autobiographical aspect to Revenants, making use as it does of old work and new riffs on old themes, all carefully contained in repurposed antique and vintage frames. Traditionally, a frame closes off and anchors the work of art, reinforcing its status as a solid marketable object in the world. The ones I’ve used here, however, have had their original contents ripped from them, including family portraits, and replaced with my own totems, spirits and reimagined versions of the dead. The question for me is – what does that do to the work and the beings referred to, and what does that do to the frame?

David Greenslade & Supreme Collaborators

Paybox 14

In celebration of the man, the poetry, the art…
Volcano Gallery, Swansea High Street
15 Mar – 5 Apr ’22
19 Mar 5-8pm Open evening and events
https://volcanotheatre.wales/david_greenslade/

Casenotes

Intermingled narratives of physical and mental health.
Thoughts on Paper, Oriel y Bont, University South Wales Jan 17 – Mar 11 2022

Commedia

Video sequence in which the Divine Comedy is relocated to a brutalist office block in Cardiff city centre.

Alongside a terrific line up of writers and artists, my video can be seen in the 4 page special edition of
Junction Box, celebrating Dante’s 700th anniversary. Editor Lyndon Davies.
https://glasfrynproject.org.uk/w/7086/penny-hallas-elevator/

Image: Elevator, 2nd floor: video duration 5 minutes

Materials from the Garden

tactileBOSCH, Capitol Centre, Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2HQ
10 – 30 Sept Wednesday to Saturday afternoons, 1-4pm.

In the midst of environmental, political and public health emergencies, Penny Hallas and Allen Fisher look to the garden, the allotment and the wider landscape for ways of thinking about their own place and the place of others in a world leaning towards disaster. Discomfort and anxiety are a part of it, but so are glimpses of paradise. Through drawing, installation, projection and performance they bring messages from the Garden to the commercial urban centre of Cardiff.

10 Sept 2-5pm – see the show and chat with Penny. 6-8pm – Opening event
25 Sept 2-5pm see the show and chat with Penny. 7-8pm -performance with poetry, projection, music: Allen Fisher, Lyndon Davies and Penny Hallas. Booking required for performance: DM @tactileBOSCH.
Thanks National Lottery and Arts Council of Wales and LACAS

Dr. Frances Woodley_response to Materials from the Garden
Steven Hitchins_response to Materials from the Garden

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Llangattock Allotments solar powered water system_Pinkerton

Deunyddiau o’r Ardd
Yng nghanol argyfyngau amgylcheddol, gwleidyddol ac iechyd cyhoeddus, mae Penny Hallas ac Allen Fisher yn edrych i’r ardd, y rhandir a’r dirwedd ehangach am ffyrdd o feddwl am eu lle personol a lleoliad pawb arall mewn byd sy’n pwyso tuag at drychineb. Mae anghysur a phryder yn cyfrannu iddo, ond hefyd yw’r cipolwg ar baradwys. Trwy luniadu, gorseddau, taflunio a pherfformiad maent yn dod â negeseuon o’r Ardd i ganolfan drefol fasnachol Caerdydd.

10 – 30 Medi  prynhawniau dydd Mercher i ddydd Sadwrn 1-4pm,
10 Medi 2-5pm – gweler y sioe a sgwrsio gyda Penny. 6-8pm – Digwyddiad agoriadol
25 Medi 2-5pm – gweler y sioe a sgwrsio gyda Penny. 7-8pm – perfformiad gyda barddoniaeth, tafluniad, cerddoriaeth. Allen Fisher, Lyndon Davies a Penny Hallas. Archebu ar gyfer perfformiad: DM @tactileBOSCH
Diolch National Lottery a Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru a LACAS

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