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