Monday, 25 July 2016

Project Updates and Clarifications

Dear All,

It's been a while since you heard from us, but we want to reassure you that we are still around and still working on new projects.

After closing the gallery in Bargoed we've been taking a break to catch up on some sleep and to work on some new ideas for the future. We are hoping to run another gallery project in Pontypool next year in cooperation with the Torfaen Arts Development department, along with some other exhibitions we are planning to host in other parts of the Valleys.

Unfortunately, due to there still being some confusion, we would like to clarify that despite keeping our name, the gallery in Abertillery that we originally founded is not associated with us or the*kickplate*project in any way. They are completely independent from us and we have not had any input or influence over any exhibitions that have been organised at the space since February 2014. The current management of The Kickplate Gallery are solely responsible for the current content and the way the gallery is run.

We would like to make it clear that the reason we have decided to make this clarification again is because we find the current exhibition to be completely at odds with our philosophy when it comes to depicting women in art.

While they can show whatever they please at the gallery, the fact that they do it using our original name puts us in a position of being seen to be endorsing this type of imagery, so we would like to make it clear that we are not involved in any way in decisions made at the gallery.

Thanks and all the best,
Dafydd & Zosia

Monday, 9 May 2016

the*kickplate*project take a break

Hi everyone,

We just wanted to let you all know that we'll be taking a break and planning our next projects until the 16th of June.

While we're away you can see "partially here" featuring Hanan Kazma in the visitor centre at Parc Cwm Darran, Deri.

we'll be back with more updates soon!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

photographs from PhotoRenga workshop with David Sinden


we've been a bit busy recently, so it's only now that we're posting the PhotoRengas that we produced along with Kate Woodward, Tom Kirby and David Sinden during a workshop that David ran in our gallery during its last day in Bargoed. PhotoRenga is a kind of visual dialogue between photographers and you can read more about how it works on David's website, where you can also find full-size versions of the photos. Here are the collaborations that came out of our urban exploration of Bargoed:

It's great fun and you should try this at home! 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

"partially here" by Hanan Kazma in Parc Cwm Darran

Dear all,

just to let you know we're showing a selection of photographs from Hanan Kazma's exhibition "partially here", which we originally organised in Bargoed last August. Now, thanks to our co-operation with Cwm a Mynydd, Hanan's work is up in the park's visitor centre building and it will be open every day from 10.00 to 16.30 until the middle of June. The visitor centre is situated in Darran Valley (two miles north of Bargoed) where a massive colliery used to be, in an area which has been transformed from an industrial site into a natural reserve.

Here are a few images of the park and the space - putting up the photographs against a blue background and glass walls was an interesting challenge!