Saturday, 30 April 2016

We Are Ghosts in Redhouse Cymru


here are a few photos of  "We Are Ghosts" by our project's Dafydd Williams in Redhouse Cymru in Merthyr Tydfil, installed for Made in Roath's Red Route March 2016. 

The exhibition is up for this weekend only, so hurry up!

More project updates coming soon

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Hanbury Road Gallery - closing day

Dear all,

Friday was the last day of the Hanbury Road Gallery in Bargoed. We closed with Stanka Koleva's exhibition "I let myself be bird" and a PhotoRenga workshop with David Sinden. Photos taken during the workshop and more exhibition photos coming soon! For now here are a few photos from the exhibition and the last couple of days at the gallery:

We'd like to thank the artists who have exhibited with us over the last 8 months: Hanan Kazma, Marianne Priest, Charles Guerin, Anne Campbell, Laci Viszoczky, Toralf Sümmchen, Andrew Pershin, Yulia Kazban, Kakha Kakhiani, Tina Kazakhishvili, Mano Svanidze, Sophie Berdzenishvili and Stanka Koleva, as well as all our visitors who participated in the community photo exhibition and everyone who has visited us in Bargoed!

Also, thanks to our funding partners: the Arts Council of Wales, Caerphilly Arts Development and Bargoed Town Council. 

Finally, we'd like to let you know that we made the draw for the raffle at the gallery on Friday and we're happy to announce that the three winners are R.Harris, Clair Richards and Calvin Morgan - congratulations!

We're already working on further exhibitions and we'll have updates about new projects in Caerphilly and around soon.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

the last 3 days of the Hanbury Road Gallery

Evening everyone,

We'd just like to let you know that, after 7 exhibitions and 8 months, our gallery project in Bargoed is coming to an end.

Hanbury Road Gallery in 52 Hanbury Road will only be open for 3 more days - so make sure to visit if you haven't yet! 

Our last exhibition is "I let myself be bird" by Bulgarian artist Stanka Koleva, open between 10.30 and 18.00 till Friday the 22nd of April.

Monday, 11 April 2016

I let myself be bird - on till 22.04

Afternoon everyone,

just a quick reminder - our last exhibition in Bargoed, "I let myself be bird" by Bulgarian photographer Stanka Koleva, is on in the Hanbury Road Gallery till the 22nd of April. Make sure you don't miss it! This time we're open 6 days a week, so Monday to Saturday from 10:30 to 18:00. 

And here are few images from the exhibition and Bargoed for those of you who can't make it here:



more photos coming soon!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Farewell Raffle!

Morning everyone,

Anne Campbell "mother & child", "limpet"
As a farewell to the Hanbury Road Gallery and Bargoed we'll be raffling off 2 of the images graciously donated to us by Scottish photographer Anne Campbell featured in "chemical bath". There will also be a third image by our Zosia up for grabs.

Each ticket for the raffle costs just £1 and each ticket gives you the chance to win one of the featured images.

Zosia Krasnowolska "howth"
You can purchase tickets at the gallery, or by clicking the donate button (redirects to paypal, please put "raffle" in the subject or comments of your donation) on our blog or page. 

The winners will be drawn and announced at the end of our current exhibition "I let myself be bird" on the 22nd of April. 

You can purchase as many or as few tickets as you like, but we would like to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to win, so each winner may only be eligible for one of the images. We are also happy to post the images, so don't worry if you don't live locally to Bargoed or abroad.

All the money raised during the raffle will go towards future projects or exhibitions.

Everyone is welcome to enter!

good luck to you all!!

Sunday, 3 April 2016

I let myself by bird - installation

Dear all, 

before we open Stanka Koleva's solo exhibition, we'd like to share a few installation shots of our last exhibition in Bargoed

"I let myself be bird" opens tomorrow (Monday the 4th of April) at 12 and will run till the 22nd of April. 

Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10:30 - 18:00. 

Come along!

PS If you'd like to have your old photographs or negatives scanned and digitised, but didn't get the chance to pop in during "lost and found", there's still time. Just bring them to our gallery and we'll do it for you for free! We can then send them to you by email or copy them onto a pen drive.

I let myself be bird by Stanka Koleva - English and Welsh info

“I let myself be bird” is an exhibition of photos by Stanka Koleva, a Bulgarian born photographer currently living and working in Berlin, Germany. Stanka grew up in the Black Sea town of Bourgas and has been a photographer since the year 2000. She began taking photographs after inheriting her first camera from her grandfather and learning the printing techniques she uses now from the owner of the last commercial darkroom in Bourgas.

Working with film, medium format cameras and printing the images herself using the gelatin silver processStanka creates dream-like, provocative and multi layered images full of light, fluidity and movement. Often ambiguous in their meaning, Stanka's photos leave the interpretation up to the viewer. 

Explaining the concepts in her work, Stanka says: "Human nature and mutual relations are aspects on which I rely to do my work, along with intuition, which is the most important part of an artistic act."

You can find more of Stanka's  photographs in her portfolio and on flickr.
“I let myself be bird” is the 7th and last exhibition that will take place in the Hanbury Road Gallery, a project run since August 2015 in Bargoed by the*kickplate*project with the financial support of the Arts Council of Wales (Welsh Government and Lottery Funding), Caerphilly Arts Development and Bargoed Town Council.

­­­Mae "Gadawaf i fi fy hun fod yn aderyn" yn arddangosfa o ffotograffau gan “Stanka Koleva, ffotograffydd o Bulgaria sy'n byw a gweithio yn Berlin ar hyn o bryd. Magwyd Stanka yn nhref Bourgas ger y Môr Du a bu'n ffotograffydd ers y flwyddyn 2000. Dechreuodd dynnu ffotograffau ar ôl etifeddu ei chamera cyntaf gan ei thad-cu a dysgu'r technegau argraffu mae'n eu defnyddio'n awr gan berchennog yr ystafell dywyll fasnachol olaf yn Bourgas.

Gan weithio gyda ffilm, camerâu fformat canolig a phrintio'r delweddau ei hun yn defnyddio proses arian gelatin, mae Stanka yn creu delweddau breuddwydiol, profoclyd ac aml-haenog yn llawn golau, hylifedd a symudiad. Yn aml yn amwys o ran ystyr, mae ffotograffau Stanka yn gadael y dehongliad i'r rhai sy'n edrych arnynt.

Yn ei geiriau ei hun mae'n esbonio'r cysyniadau yn ei gwaith: "Mae natur ddynol a chysylltiadau pobl gyda'i gilydd yn agweddau y dibynnaf arnynt i wneud fy ngwaith, ynghyd â greddf, sef y rhan bwysicaf o weithred artistig."

"Gadawaf i fi fy hun fod yn aderyn" yw'r 7fed arddangosfa, a'r olaf a gynhelir yn Oriel Heol Hanbury, prosiect a gynhaliwyd ym Margoed ers mis Awst 2015 gan brosiect *kickplate* gyda chefnogaeth ariannol Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru (cyllid Llywodraeth Cymru a'r Loteri), Datblygu Celfyddydau Caerffili a Chyngor Tref Bargoed.

Gallwch weld mwy o ffotograffau Stanka yn ei phortffolio ac ar flickr.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

current & past exhibition updates

Evening everyone,

we just wanted to sum up our past & current exhibition news from the last week or so!

Starting with an exhibition that we're currently showing in Brynmawr's Market Hall Cinema - it's "in passing" by Russian artist Andrew Pershin (a show that we previously showed in Bargoed last autumn). The exhibition is on display in the cinema foyer until further notice. Just make sure to check the Cinema's schedule before you visit!

You can read more about Andrew here (English info) and here (Welsh info) and find his photos on his page.  

The second piece of news is that our project's Dafydd Williams has just closed his exhibition "We Are Ghosts" in Blackwood Miners' Institute, its third and final venue after Market Hall Cinema in Brynmawr and Pontypool's Indoor Market, so here are some images for those of you who couldn't make it there:

Last but not least, we'd like to thank everyone who contributed their analogue photos to "lost and found", which closed in Bargoed last Saturday. It was a pleasure being able to display your photographs and thank you for being so generous and sharing them with us and other visitors. Photographs that we produced from the original prints and displayed on the walls during the exhibition are now waiting for you in the gallery, you can come and pick them up anytime during the next exhibition (4th-22nd of April, from Mon to Sat between 10:30 and 18:00)


 And here's a list of our contributors (in so specific order):

Josephine Bissex 
Clive Morgan
Steve Clayton
Jonathan Crowe
Anonymous contributor from Bargoed
Dr David Williams
Ron Gibbs
Ania and Daniel Węgrowscy
Gigi Jones
Clémentine Schneidermann
Paul James
Jane Turner
Mary Rudge
Martha Lowman


Friday, 1 April 2016

I let myself be bird - opens Monday.04.April

featuring Stanka Koleva

4th-22nd April 2016
Hanbury Road Gallery,
52 Hanbury Road, Bargoed, CF81 8QW

Mon-Sat 10:30-18:00