Tuesday, 18 December 2018

"exhale" by Stéphane Pellennec and "the cold earth slept below" by Vaida Barzdaite

Evening everyone,

You're probably quite busy at this time of year, but if you do have some time to spare over the holiday period, we have three exhibitions available for you to see!

First, as we mentioned before, Keith Mendenhall's show "winter prelude" is on in the window display of 4 Broad Street, Abersychan till the 15th of January. 

Second, Stéphane Pellennec's "exhale", which we originally presented in 76m2, Pontypool is now on display in the foyer of Wales's oldest cinema, the Market Hall Cinema in Brynmawr - also projected onto the cinema's screen before the films start. You can see the exhibition free of charge whenever it's open to the public, so just make sure to check their schedule if you're travelling from further afield. And if you can, support this fantastic place by going to see a film there, it is a really unique and beautiful venue. 

Last but not least, we have a surprise for you in the window of our gallery in Pontypool! 

Vaida Barzdaite's "the cold earth slept below", featuring analogue medium format photographs that she took in south east Welsh Valleys last winter, is there for you to see till mid January. Vaida is a film photographer and food blogger from Kaunas, Lithuania, living and working in Cardiff. You can find her work on her page and blog, and read an interview with Vaida on Irina and Silviu Szekely's website.

We hope that those of you who celebrate have a calm and merry Christmas, 
and we wish you all a happy New Year! 

Friday, 14 December 2018

"winter prelude" by Keith Mendenhall extended!

Evening everyone,

We'd like to let you know that Keith's Mendenhall's show "winter prelude" has now been extended, so you have another month to see his images in the window display of 4 Broad Street, Abersychan. 

Thanks again to the Randell family for hosting our off-site exhibition!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

"a trick of the light", on till the 15th of December

Evening everyone,

"a trick of the light", featuring images taken by some of those who have been using our darkroom over the last months, has been open for a week now and we'd like to share some images from the installation and the first few days of the show. 


You can see some more updates on our facebook page and website
and we hope to see you in Pontypool soon!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

"winter prelude" by Keith Mendenhall and "a trick of the light" by our darkroom users - on in Abersychan and Pontypool!

Evening everyone,

We'd like to let you know about two exhibitions we have organised this November: "winter prelude" by Keith Mendenhall and "a trick of the light", a group exhibition by our darkroom users and the final show that we'll hold in 76m2, Pontypool.

“winter prelude” is a solo exhibition by American photographer, Keith Mendenhall, curated by the*kickplate*project. The photographs presented in the show were taken with film cameras, including Polaroid and pinhole. Keith’s images, with their subtle colours and fluctuating light, capture the changing seasons and the atmosphere of spaces free of human presence. 

Keith lives and works in East Hampton, New York.


You can find Keith’s work on his website and instagram.

15th November -11th December 
4 Broad Street, 
NP4 7BQ. 

A big thanks to Wayne Randell and family for letting us use their shop!

“a trick of the light” is a group exhibition featuring photographs taken by some of those who over the last months have been using our darkroom, either by making prints, developing film, or bringing it to us to have it developed and scanned. The show includes medium format black and white images, colour 35mm, lith prints, and even a tri-colour gum over lith print, taken by a group of people from a variety of age groups and photographic backgrounds. We hope it’ll reveal the charm of film photography, whatever camera you use, and encourage more people to try it or come back to it. Throughout the exhibition, we're hoping to add more images to it, so if you'd like to participate by making darkroom prints, it is not too late!

“a trick of the light” is the final in a series of 9 exhibitions that have been organised at 76m2, Pontypool in 2018, and the 18th in this gallery, by the*kickplate*project, with the support from the Arts Council of Wales, Torfaen Council's Arts Development and Pontypool Community Council. 

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s come to visit us in the past 19 months for their support. We’ll be taking a break after the New Year, but we’ll do our best to come back to Pontypool in a new location in 2019.

21st November – 15th December
Tuesday – Thursday 10:30 – 17:30 
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 18:00

2 Portland Buildings
Commercial Street

The exhibition is opening on Wednesday the 21st between 15 and 18 
and everyone is welcome to join us for hot drinks and cake!