Channel / 29 Apr 2022

April Newsletter

What is lost…. What has been
John Paul Evans

A Pair of Pansies © John Paul Evans

17 June – 3 September 2022

Preview: Thursday 16 June, 6pm

Ffotogallery is delighted to present What is lost…what has been, a solo exhibition of photographic works by Welsh artist John Paul Evans, taking place from 17 June – 3 September 2022.

What is lost …what has been is a visual soliloquy to ‘absent friends’, people I considered my family. The works are also a coda to my installation in the sweet bye & bye which was a photographic cathexis in response to the death of my closest friend in Dec 2017. His death brought back memories of my father’s close friend, who died some years before.

The autoethnographic process of weaving one’s personal history into a visual dialogue is useful to explore photography’s tendency towards memorialisation and also to analyse ideas of belonging/otherness, mourning and melancholia in relation to the photographic family album.“

John Paul Evans is a Welsh-born photographic artist and academic who now lives in Devon, England. His work explores the polemics of gender representation in photography. He has received various international awards including the 2016 Hasselblad Masters Award. He was winner of the Dodho Magazine B&W Award 2017, KL Photo awards 2017, Bokeh Bokeh portfolio awards 2017 & 2018, Pride Photo Awards 2014.

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Mental Health Awareness Week at Ffotogallery

© Nelly Ating

In 2022, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place 9-15 May on the topic of ‘Loneliness’. Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this and at Ffotogallery we are inviting you to join us for four days of activities and talks with a focus on mental wellbeing and loneliness.

Each evening between Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th, we will be holding discussions with artists / photographers Suzie Larke, Jo Haycock, Iko-Ojo Mercy Haruna and Nelly Ating, looking in depth at how they use their imagery to depict mental health struggles, the issues and influencing factors which can affect our health and well being and to share their own stories.v

On Saturday 14th May we will be holding a whole day of activities with a focus on improving our well being and to tackle loneliness. Activities include pompom making, board games, reiki and more.

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MADE UP Music Festival

We’ve partnered up with Cardiff MADE to host their first big live music event since the pandemic! MADE UP festival brings three days of music, poetry and spectacular visuals, in celebration of homegrown electro, glam rock, folk and jazz. The event will also be showcasing poetry and filmmaking through spoken word sets, workshops and visual reels, along with a bespoke set by Cardiff based VJ Chameleonic.

For more information about the line-up and to book your earlybird and weekend tickets online visit the link below, or you can purchase tickets in the Cardiff MADE shop on Lochaber St, Cathays.

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Book of the Month: Newport City of Subculture

Our zine ‘Newport - City of Sub-Culture’ features the best of photography in a city with a photographic legacy. The work included is just a selection from the incredible photographic talent found in Newport, all artists that were exhibited during Diffusion: Turning Point in October 2021. It encapsulates the people and the city coming out of the pandemic and coming together to celebrate creativity and sub-culture! From protest to portraits, tourism to communities, mattresses to bird cages, our zine reflects Newport in all its forms!

Featured photographers include:

Dilip Sinha, Huw Talfryn Walters, Bandia Ribeira, Michael Alberry, Rhys Webber, Fergus Thomas, Daragh Soden, Lua Ribeira, Clémentine Scheidemann, Kamila Jarczak, John Briggs, Marega Palser, Steven George Jones, Justin Teddy Cliffe, Ron McCormick, Mohamed Fez Miah and Sebastián Bruno

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You may also be interested in:

Eye Festival 2022

The Eye Festival returns to Aberystwyth this year, and speakers have now been announced. Tickets are available soon so keep checking the website for more updates.

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Head over to FfotoNewport from 5th May for the preview of their latest exhibition, a showcase of images taken by David Hurn whilst teaching on the Documentary Photography course in Newport in the 1970s & 80s.

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© Huw Alden Davies

The Last Valley

Huw Alden Davies' exhibition at Oriel Myrddin brings together for the first time, a culmination of works produced over fourteen years. The Last Valley is on show until 14 May 2022.

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Arise - Wales Creatives

ARISE - WALES CREATIVES has been created for early-career creatives over the age of 18 who currently feel underrepresented in theatre and the arts in Wales. The programme will support 10 directors and 10 producers to take the next steps in their careers.
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