Sunday, 9 September 2018

"tenderfoot" curated by Grace Hannell opens on Tuesday the 11th

As we mentioned yesterday, while we're off for a couple-weeks' break, the gallery will be taken over by young photographer Grace Hannell. You can read more about the show below - and as the gallery will be open with slightly reduced hours (also below), make sure you bear that in mind before your visit!

We snatch in vein at Nature's veil,
She is mysterious in broad daylight,
No screws or levers can compel her to reveal
The secrets she has hidden from our sight.

(extract from Faust by Goethe)

"tenderfoot" is a show curated by Grace Hannell, bringing together six photographers who each interpret a natural environment essential to their lives in six different ways. Here, we see Forest, Fenland, Moorland, River and Ocean, depicted visually through the eyes of young photographers, attempting to understand the natural environments around them, both directly personal and those they learnt to love, and recognize what power they hold in a world so preoccupied with man-made distractions. 

Samuel Fradley, Kirsten Wright, Natalie Finch, Laurie Hicks, Jack Hornett, Grace Hannell

(text: Grace Hannell)

“tenderfoot” is a guest show that runs in addition to the programme of exhibitions organised in 2018 at 76m2, Pontypool by the*kickplate*project, with support from the Arts Council of Wales, Torfaen Council's Arts Development and Pontypool Community Council.

the exhibition opens on Tuesday the 11th of September between 17 and 20 
- everyone is welcome to come along!

11th – 27th September
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11.00 – 16.30

2 Portland Buildings
Commercial Street

Saturday, 8 September 2018

"horizons dissolved" closing and new show coming up!

Evening everyone,

On Friday we closed Nils Karlson's exhibition, curated for us by Keith Mendenhall. Here are a few more images from the show, and in case you've missed it, make sure you visit Nils's website to see his wonderful work.  



We will now be taking a late summer break, but before we go, we have some good news - the gallery will remain open (with slightly reduced hours), hosting "tenderfoot" - a guest exhibition by young curator and photographer Grace Hannell. The show is opening on Tuesday the 11th of September and will run till the 27th of September. More info coming very soon!

Saturday, 25 August 2018

"horizons dissolved" - install and opening

We just wanted to say a quick thank you to both Nils and Keith for putting together the exhibition, and to everyone who's made it to the gallery so far to see it! We'll also be open on bank holiday Monday (27th) 11:00 - 18:00, so come join us in Pontypool if you have the day off and no plans :) And finally, we'd like to share some images with you from the installation, opening and first few days of the exhibition. You can see more on our facebook page, and you can find Nils's images here and Keith's here.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

"horizons dissolved"

At this moment, your state of mind is by nature pure emptiness. This state of mind is not just blank emptiness, it is unobstructed, sparkling, pure and vibrant.

German photographer Nils Karlson’s work is best understood alongside the above passage from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which describes the honest and undisturbed connection to the environment that Karlson renders in his images. 

Separate from ever-growing modern pressures and distractions, the images evoke the simple, pure and joyous state that our mind adopts when faced with a beautiful natural creation, such as the infinitely large and unfathomable oceans of our world. Karlson’s work lets us view two of the everlasting features of our planet, the sea and the sky, through his silent and delicate gaze.

I find my mind walking on plains devoid of the dissonant artefacts of human behaviour. On these plains, my mind finds solitude, silence, peace.
(text by Grace Hannel)

“horizons dissolved” has been curated by American photographer Keith Mendenhall.

You can see Nils’s photographs on his page
and find Keith’s work on

“horizons dissolved” is the seventh 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.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

"exhale" ending and new show opening

Evening everyone,

Last Saturday, we closed Stéphane Pellenec's exhibition "exhale". Many thanks to Stéphane for sharing his work with us and to everyone who's come to visit!  

We're currently having a short break, and our new exhibition "Horizons Dissolved", a guest show by Nils Karlson curated for us by Keith Mendenhall, will open on Tuesday the 21st of August - more info coming very soon!

Saturday, 4 August 2018

"exhale" extended till 11/08

Afternoon everyone,

We'd like to let you know that we've extended Stéphane Pellenec's exhibition and it'll now we open till Saturday the 11th of August, so you now have three extra days to see it! 

And here are a few photos from 76m2 over the last couple of weeks:


Saturday, 21 July 2018

"exhale" opening

good morning,

we just wanted to share some images with you from last Tuesday's opening, and to thank everyone who made it at lunchtime & Stéphane for sharing his beautiful work with us at the gallery!

"exhale" is now open as usual, Tuesday - Saturday, until the 8th of August at 76m2 in Pontypool

Monday, 16 July 2018

"exhale" by Stéphane Pellennec - more info

Morning everyone,

Today we're opening "exhale" by French photographer Stéphane Pellennec. Everyone is welcome to come and join us for drinks and snacks between 12 and 15!

And here's some more information about the exhibition:

“exhale” is a solo exhibition by Stéphane Pellennec, photographer from Brittany, France living and working in Finland. Stéphane’s work captures the experience of facing the vastness of landscape and the seemingly limitless water masses. His predominantly black and white images reflect the fluctuations of light, clouds and air, portraying nature not as a background for human activity, but as a living and dynamic entity. 

The Finnish word that Stéphane uses to interpret his work, Äärettömyys, means “without edge, without limit, this is what we know as infinity in English language.

I have the feeling that at least during the laps of a moment, we all can touch the infinity. It's all happening now, the great adventure of the universe, we are part of it, as atoms, particles turning around. We are the universe. During a lapse of a click, I try to record those moments with my camera.”

You can find Stéphane’s photographs on his page and facebook

“exhale” is the sixth 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.

17th July – 8th August
Tuesday – Thursday 10.30 – 17.30
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11:00 – 18:00
2 Portland Buildings
Commercial Street

Mae “anadlu allan” yn arddangosfa solo gan Stéphane Pellennec, ffotograffydd o Lydaw sy'n byw ac yn gweithio yn y Ffindir. Mae gwaith Stéphane yn crisialu profiad wynebu enfawrder tirlun a chyrff dŵr sy'n ymddangos yn ddiderfyn. Mae'r rhan fwyaf o'i ddelweddau yn ddu a gwyn ac yn adlewyrchu amrywiadau golau, cymylau ac aer, gan bortreadu natur nid fel cefndir ar gyfer gweithgaredd dynol, ond fel rhywbeth byw a deinamig.

Mae'r gair o'r Ffindireg y mae Stéphane yn ei ddefnyddio i ddehongli ei waith.  Äärettömyys, yn golygu “heb hymyl, heb derfyn, annherfynoldeb,  yr hyn a elwir yn Saesneg yn infinity.

Rwy'n teimlo o leiaf yn ystod treigl ennyd, y gall pawb ohonom gyrraedd annherfynoleb. Mae'r cyfan yn digwydd nawr, antur fawr y bydysawd, rydym yn rhan ohono, fel atomau, gronynnau'n troi o amgylch. Ni yw'r bydysawd. Yn ystod treigl clic, rwy'n ceisio cofnodi'r ennydau hyn gyda fy nghamera."

Medrwch ganfod gwaith Stéphane ar ei dudalenau a facebook.

“anadlu allan" yw’r cheched 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.

17 Gorffennaf – 7 Awst
Dydd Mawrth - Dydd Iau, 10:30 – 17:30
Dydd Mercher, Gwener, Sadurn 11:00 – 18:00

2 Adeiladau Portland
Stryd Fasnachol