Friday, 30 June 2017

"I let myself be bird" by Stanka Koleva in the Market Hall Cinema

Afternoon everyone,

we've just installed a new exhibition in Brynmawr's Market Hall Cinema  which has recently reopened following a 6-month closure – "I let myself be bird" by Bulgarian analogue photographer and print-maker Stanka Koleva. You can see it till the end of July during the cinema's opening hours, so it's best to check their schedule if you're travelling from afar. 

Tomorrow is your last chance to catch Alexey Shportun's "physalis" in 76m2 - the exhibition closes at 18.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

"physalis", week 2


we've just closed the second week of Alexey Shportun's "physalis" and would like to share some more photos of the exhibition. The show is open for another week, till the 1st of July, so you should make sure you come and visit if you haven't yet! You can find directions to 76m2 on our website, and if you'd like some help getting to the gallery (like a lift from the train station for example) just drop us an email!

You can also read an interview Alexey gave us a couple of years ago when we exhibited his work as part of "standing still", a show by him and Sergiy Lebedynskyy.

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

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