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!

Monday, 5 November 2018

"SA1" extended till 7/11!

Evening everyone,

We have a quick update regarding Dan Staveley's show in 76m2. "SA1" has been extended by a couple of days, so you can still catch it tomorrow and on Wednesday. 

After that, we'll have a short break and open our last exhibition in Pontypool featuring images taken by our darkroom users - more info about this coming soon!

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

"SA1" open till 3/11

Afternoon everyone!

We had a busy fortnight and didn't get the chance to post these earlier, so here are finally some photos from the last couple of weeks of Dan Staveley's show in 76m2. "SA1" is open till the 3rd of November, so come to Pontypool if you haven't had the chance yet!  

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

"SA1" by Dan Staveley - installation shots + Welsh and English info

Here are a few photos from the production and installation of Dan Staveley's exhibition "SA1", as well as some more information about the show in Welsh and English. Opening photos coming soon!


Mae “SA1” yn brosiect ar y cyd rhwng Dan Staveley a phrosiect*kickplate* yn ein horiel 76m2 ym Mhont-y-pŵl. Cafodd Dan ei gomisiynu gennym i ddefnyddio ei dechneg ar gyfer argraffu delweddau o ffôn symudol a chreu printiadau lliw o'i ffotograffau yn ystafell dywyll 76m2. Nid oedd yr un ohonom wedi gwneud hyn o'r blaen, felly bu Dan a phrosiect *kickplate* yn cydweithio drwy'r manylion technegol a chreu printiadau lliw. Ar ôl tair wythnos o arbrofi, roedd Dan wedi creu delweddau addas ar gyfer yr arddangosfa ac argraffodd y gyfres dros 6 wythnos.

Mae “SA1” yn brosiect hirdymor y bu Dan yn gweithio arno i ddogfennu'r newid yn wyneb canol dinas Abertawe wrth iddi fynd drwy gyfnod o adfywio mawr. Mae Dan yn defnyddio amlygiadau lluosog ar ffôn symudol i greu cyfres yn trin llawer o wahanol olygon o adfywio, ac annog gwylwyr i fyfyrio sut mae'r diwydiannau creadigol yn chwarae rôl yn y broses, sut yn ystod yr amserlen fawr a gymerir i adeiladu ac addasu dinas, ac os yw'r syniad gwreiddiol yn addas i'r diben pan fydd y prosiect wedi ei gwblhau.

Mae Dan Staveley yn ffotograffydd masnachol sy'n seiliedig yn Llanelli. Mae'n addysgu cyrsiau gradd a sylfaen yng Ngholeg Celf Caerfyrddin ac yn aelod sefydlu oriel elysium yn Abertawe. Mae hefyd wedi creu dyfarniad ffotograffiaeth ESPY.

Medrwch weld gwaith Dan ar instagram, ei dudalen, a darllen am ESPY ar www.espyphotoaward.com.

“SA1" yw’r wythfed o gyfres o 9 arddangosfa a drefnir yn 2018 yn 76m2, Pont-y-pŵl gan brosiect *kickplate*, gyda chefnogaeth gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Adran Datblygu Celfyddydau Cyngor Torfaen a Chyngor Cymuned Pont-y-pŵl.

​13 Hydref – 3 Tachwedd 
Dydd Llun Mercher, Gwener, Sadurn 11:00 – 18:00
Dydd Mawrth - Dydd Iau, 10:30 – 17:30
2 Adeiladau Portland
Stryd Fasnachol


​"SA1" is a joint project between Dan Staveley and the*kickplate*project at our 76m2 gallery in Pontypool. Dan was commissioned by us to use his technique for printing images from a mobile phone and to create colour prints of his photographs in the 76m2 darkroom. None of us had done this before, so Dan and the*kickplate*project collaborated to work through the technical details and create colour prints. After three weeks of experimentation, Dan had created images suitable for the exhibition and over 6 weeks printed the series.

"SA1" is a long-term project Dan has been working on documenting the changing face of Swansea city centre as it goes through a large regeneration period. Dan uses multiple exposures taken on a mobile phone to create a series dealing with the many different views of regeneration, and encouraging viewers to reflect on how the creative industries play a role in the process, how during the large timescales it takes to build and modify a city, and if the original idea is fit for purpose when the project is complete.

Dan Staveley is a commercial photographer based in Llanelli. He teaches degree and foundation courses at Carmarthen College of Art and is a founder member and director of elysium gallery in Swansea. He has also created the ESPY photography award.

You can find Dan’s work on instagram and his website and read about ESPY on www.espyphotoaward.com.

"SA1" is the 8th in a series of 9 exhibitions that will be organised in 2018 in 76m2, Pontypool by the*kickplate*project, with the support from the Arts Council of Wales, Torfaen Council's Arts Development and Pontypool Community Council.

13th October – 3rd November 
Tuesday – Thursday 10:30 – 17:30
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11:00 – 18:00
2 Portland Buildings
Commercial Street