Monday, 19 June 2017

Pontypool & "physalis"

Morning everyone,

Here are some a few photographs from Pontypool town centre. The weather's been exceptionally good, so there's no excuse not to cycle/ride/drive up to Pontypool & explore if you've got the time! Alexey Shportun's solo exhibition, "physalis" is on for another two weeks, open Tue-Sat, 11-6 in 76m2, 2 Portland Buildings, Commercial Street, Pontypool NP4 6JS.

our friendly local pet shop, Pontypool Pet & Aqua Supplies:

and just a reminder from us:

Friday, 16 June 2017

"physalis" by Alexey Shportun

Evening everyone,

We'd like to share some images from the installation and the first couple of days of Alexey Shportun's solo show, "physalis". The exhibition is on till the 1st of July and it's open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 to 18. You can find directions to the gallery on our website.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

"physalis" by Alexey Shportun - opening today at 2!

Morning everyone,

Today we're opening Alexey Shportun's solo exhibition, "physalis". The opening starts at 2 and we'll be there till 6 with tea, wine and snacks, so come along! And if anyone needed a lift in this rainy weather, or worried about their buses/trains back, just let us know & we'll do our best to give you a lift! You can also find directions to 76m2 on our website.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

"physalis" by Alexey Shportun - opening Saturday the 10th of June

Evening everyone!

We're happy to let you know that, after a short spring break, we're back in 76m2 with a new exhibition, a solo show by Ukrainian artist Alexey Shportun, opening on Saturday the 10th of June and running till the 1st of July. We'll confirm the time of the opening a bit later on, for now here's the poster and some more information:


“physalis” is a solo exhibition by Ukrainian photographer and camera maker, Alexey Shportun (who also published work under the name Alexey Ostrovskiy). Alexey is a photographer and graphic designer who lives and works in Irpin and Kiev. 

The exhibition presents a collection of Alexey’s still lifes, taken on an 18 by 13 cm camera that he built and using photographic paper instead of film; some of the images are projections created with his homemade camera and captured on a digital camera. Alexey also uses modified 35mm camera lenses, a magnifying glass and an Ortagoz (an old Russian lens) in his work.

Alexey treats photography as a kind of ritual and contemplation, and it is the experience of setting the photo, the light and the process of working with paper that he enjoys the most. The still lifes he photographs are created in collaboration with his wife Katerina, who is a freelance artist.

We named the exhibition “physalis” after one of his subjects – a delicate heart-shaped plant.

You can find Alexey’s work on his page.

“physalis” is the fourth in a series of 9 exhibitions organised in 76m2 by the*kickplate*project, with the support from the Arts Council of Wales, Torfaen Council’s Arts Development and Pontypool Community Council. 


Mae “physalis” yn arddangosfa solo gan Alexey Shportun, ffotograffydd a gwneuthurydd camera o'r Wcráin (sydd wedi cyhoeddi gwaith dan enw Alexey Ostrovskiy). Mae Alexey yn ddylunydd graffeg sy'n byw ac yn gweithio yn Kiev ac Irpin.

Mae'r arddangosfa yn cyflwyno casgliad o fywydau llonydd Alexey, a dynnwyd ar gamera 18 wrth 13cm a adeiladodd ac yn defnyddio papur ffotograffig yn lle ffilm; mae rhai o'r delweddau yn dafluniadau a greodd gyda'i gamera a wnaeth ei hunan a'u rhoi ar gamera digidol. Mae Alexey hefyd yn defnyddio lensys camera 35mm, gwydr chwyddo ac Ortagoz (hen lens Rwsiaidd) yn ei waith.

Mae Alexey yn trin ffotograffiaeth fel math o ddefod a myfyrdod, a'r profiad o drefnu'r ffotograff, y golau a'r broses o weithio gyda phapur y mae'n ei fwynhau fwyaf. Caiff y bywydau llonydd y mae'n eu tynnu eu creu ar y cyd â'i wraig Katarina.

Fe wnaethom roi'r teitl "physalis" i'r arddangosfa ar ôl un o'i bynciau - planhigyn bychan siâp calon.

Gallwch weld gwaith Alexey ar ei dudalen.

“physalis” yw'r bedwaredd mewn cyfres o 9 arddangosfa a drefnwyd yn 76m2 gan brosiect*kickplate, gyda chefnogaeth gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Datblygu Celfyddydau Cyngor Torfaen a Chyngor Cymuned Pont-y-pŵl.

10 Mehefin – 1 Gorffennaf
Dydd Mawrth - Dydd Sadwrn, 11:00 – 18:00

10th June – 1st July
Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 18:00

2 Adeiladau Portland
Stryd Fasnachol
Pont-y-pŵl, Torfaen NP4 6JS

2 Portland Buildings
Commercial Street
Pontypool, Torfaen NP4 6JS

More updates coming soon here and on our Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

thank you and a late spring break

On Saturday we closed our third exhibition, "deep place" by Helen Clifford and Gail Howard of madeinroath. We'd like to thank them for all their hard work putting together the strange and beautiful installation "deep place"! For those of you who didn't get the chance to see it, we have posted images on facebook and our website, and we'll be adding more soon.

And in other news, we'll be away a little longer than usual between exhibitions this month, as we're taking a short - and perhaps - belated spring break. It's been an intense and busy start to the 76m2 project in Pontypool, so we'll be having the week off to relax and recap before we start preparations for the next exhibition.

We'll be back in early June (around the 6th) with our 4th exhibition, the details of which we'll be announcing closer to the opening date, and for now you can keep an eye on our facebookblog and twitter for updates.. or you can visit our website where you can read more about all our previous exhibitions.

Finally, we'd just like to thank everyone who have come to the exhibitions so far, and for making us feel so welcome in town!

All the best,
Dafydd & Zosia


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

May Day at 76m2

Afternoon everyone,

We'd just like to share a few photos from yesterday's May Day/International Workers' Day celebrations at the 76m2 with our guest madeinroath artists Helen Clifford & Gail Howard and Welsh folk dancers Gwerinwyr Gwent. A big thanks to everyone who spent the afternoon with us, we had a wonderful time! Helen and Gail have now extended their "deep place" installation, adding pieces inspired by Pontypool's Japanware - you can see them in 76m2 till the 13th of May.


You can find some more photos from Gwerinwyr Gwent's performance on our Facebook page.

Make sure you go and see one of their free performances when you're in the area - there's one coming up on the 13th of May in Newport's Tredegar House

Friday, 28 April 2017

"deep place" images and project news

Morning everyone,

Now that Helen Clifford's and Gail Howard's guest exhibition has been on for a couple of days, we'd like to share some images, both for those of you observing from afar and those who'd like to see what they can find when they make it to Pontypool. We'd also like to let you know that on May Day, so the upcoming Monday, we're going to have a special event with Helen, Gail and some other artists involved - as well as refreshments! - so if you can, come and celebrate with us in 76m2, between 2 and 4 pm, and possibly a bit longer :-)   

Also, those of you who like walking should make sure they join this weekend's Red Route march  for arts and culture from Merthyr to Cardiff organised by madeinroath - it's a fantastic event and part of their made in spring festival (also happening in Cardiff this weekend).

Last but not least, those of you who missed last night's Pitch Illustration Radio programme on Radio Cardiff hosted by Richard Huw Morgan and Jamie Stevenson, with Tracy Harris, Dawn Woolley, and also one of us as guests, can now listen to the podcast online for a discussion about access to art, social media and Wales! 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

gallery update

Evening everyone,

just to let you know that tomorrow (Thursday the 27th) 76m2 will only be open till 16:00 - sorry for the inconvenience! We've been invited to take part in Radio Cardiff's Pitch Illustration Radio alongside other artists for a chat about art, culture and our work - you can listen to the show between 7 and 8 pm. We'll be open as usual on Friday and Saturday, so 11 to 18, and will also have a special May Day event on Monday the 1st as part of madeinroath's guest exhibition "deep place" - we'll share some more details soon!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

"deep place" preparations

Evening everyone,

here's a sneaky peek of our preparations for "deep place", an exhibition by Gail Howard and Helen Clifford from madeinroath.

The show is opening on Tuesday the 25th at 2 o'clock in 76m2 & will run until May the 13th.
We'll also have a special event on May Day, so keep your eyes peeled for updates!