Friday, 30 August 2013

col·labo·rators - noun. - someone who assists in a plot


Sorry for the recent silence, but we have been enjoying some time off while trying to plan our next exhibition. We don't want to give to much away just yet.

But we can tell you the exhibition title is "collaborators" and will feature collaborative works of artists from around the world using a variety of techniques.

We will be posting more information about the exhibition soon, so keep your ears to the ground - but safely, not in traffic or a heavy pedestrian area or something - we don't want to be responsible for any injuries caused by ear-to-ground contact.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

behind her "I"s - last day

Hi everyone,

At 6pm today and after one final cup of tea, we closed our second exhibition "behind her 'I's". We'd like to thank all the artists that allowed us to exhibit their work and to everyone that came to see us, both in person and virtually.

We have already started planning our next exhibition for September and hope to have more details for you soon. Until then you can continue to follow us here, our facebook page and even as we try to get to grips with twitter.

Finally, as you may have already seen, we recently started a kickstarter project to help fund our next exhibition. Please take a second to have a look and help us spread the word.

A big thank you to:

Marit Beer
Sophie Berdzenishvili
Hanan Kazma
Mariya Kozhanova
Mano Svanidze

See you soon,
Dafydd and Zosia

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Big News!! the*kickplate*project is now on kickstarter

Mornin' all,

Last night, while some of you may have been tucked up in bed, we launched our kickstarter project.Our goal is to raise a small sum of money to keep the gallery open for at least another month. All the funding will go towards our next exhibition - a collection of collaborative works by artists from around the world, many of whom have never met in person and are from such a range of diverse cultures that it will truly be a global collaboration of photography.

Up until now we have managed to fund the exhibitions ourselves, with the odd small donation from local people, but now we need your help too. We took the decision that our funding should be as much of a collaboration as the artworks we intend to show, so that's why we choose kickstarter and crowd funding for this next project.

If you can't donate yourself all we ask is that you go to the page and read about what we're doing and if you like it - tell somebody, maybe they can donate or knows someone that's interested. If you're on facebook, please like the project and if you tweet, pass on the word. We can only succeed with your help to spread the word.

If you haven't heard of kickstarter before, it's a "crowd funding" website, where artists can post projects that they need funding to produce and where members of the public can donate directly to that project.

Follow the link to kickstarter and there you'll see a short silent film we put together showing Abertillery and the gallery.

Thank you very much,
Dafydd & Zosia

Monday, 19 August 2013

the walls: part IV (final wall)

Mornin' everyone,

We'd like to present the final part of gallery walls,

We hope that you've enjoyed this virtual tour of the gallery and for those of you still planning on coming to see the exhibit in person, this is our final week, so we'll see you soon.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

the walls: part III

Hello all,

we're presenting the third part of our walls, this time featuring Hanan Kazma.

Some colours may differ slightly from reality.

Friday, 16 August 2013

the walls: part II

Hi everyone!

Here's the second part of images of our gallery walls:

and some more images by Marit Beer.

Some colours may be slightly different than in reality.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

the walls: part I

hello all,

we'd like to post some images of the pictures currently being shown in the exhibition, so for those of you unable to make it or still planning to come, here's a peek of part of the first wall:

just to remind you all, if you can't make it we are offering live video tours of the exhibition, just send us a message by clicking the skype button on the page and we can arrange a time for you!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

gallery panorama

Hey everyone, 

here’s our gallery panorama, so you can get the idea of what our space and the current exhibition look like - just scroll to the right.


We’ll soon be posting more photos of our walls, so keep your eyes peeled for updates!

P.S. If any of you were wondering what that thing on the chair is
- it's a homemade field camera.


Sunday, 4 August 2013

the opening

Hi everyone, 

here’s a few photos from yesterday’s opening. We would like to thank everyone who came, everyone who was with us in spirit - and first and foremost our artists! The exhibition will be open for another 3 weeks, and for those of you in faraway lands we have virtual gallery tours – just send us a message through the skype button and we can arrange it for you.  


Saturday, 3 August 2013

the install

Hi everyone, 

we just wanted to show you a few photos from the install. 

The exhibition is ready now and waiting to be open today at 5. 

See you in Abertillery!

Friday, 2 August 2013

Mano Svanidze

“I have been taking photos since 2009. I always dreamt of painting and wouldn't dare. I was afraid of disappointment, that I would ruin my hopes and as a result, there would be no painter and no dream. So I decided to keep it as a dream.

Once, when I was browsing the Internet, I discovered Bill Brandt. Someone wrote that he was a "second painter" and at that time I felt that I wanted to paint with light, to be a "second painter". So I started taking photos and now photography is a very important part of my life. It's not my profession, but it's more than a hobby. I know that I want to do this until the end of my life. 

Why film.. because I like film texture, its colours.. film is something special.. something precious for me. You have only 36 shots, you are limited, but it makes you more careful, more sensitive. Shots are not more than feelings. When I take digital photos, I have unlimited shots, and distributing this feeling in an unlimited space makes me scared - that what I feel during shooting will disperse and disappear.” 

As part of the exhibition, we’ll be showing photos from Mano’s series “Back” and “Song for Grandma”. These two moving collections of images of her grandma are a very personal reportage, which at the same time evokes questions of female identity and depictions of age. You can find more of Mano’s images on her Facebook page, Flickr, and Graf.Ge