Last year I took part in a local arts festival called ‘Gwyl Arall‘ [which translates as ‘Another Festival’] with my series of doll artwork displayed in an old toy shop window, so I was thrilled to be invited to submit work again for this years exhibition organized by the husband and wife team Morgan Griffith and Rebecca.F.Hardy [who also run the brilliant DyfalDonc].
Aided by ‘Bocs‘, a non-profit co-op of artists based in Caernarfon and ‘Gwead.com‘ the exhibition aims to help provide a platform for and to help promote emerging Welsh talent. The role call of artists taking part is impressive with 3 winners from this years “Welsh Artist of the Year”: Gareth Griffith and Iwan Lewis who shared the prize for Painting, and Wendy Leah Dawson who took home the student prize. It also boasts former “Welsh Photographer of the Year” Llinos Lanini and Gethin Wyn Jones who in 2006 won the Nationwide Mercury Art competition and is currently exhibiting at Wales flagship contemporary art gallery Mostyn. Others exhibiting include myself Barry Morris [Badge], Gerallt.D.Hughes, Jaime Kelly, Gethin Wavell, Alana Tyson, Osian Efnisien, Morgan Griffith [Sonomano], Buddug Humphreys, Rebecca.F.Hardy, Jessie Chorley, Ioan Griffith, Siân Green, Sarah McEachran, Richard Cynan-Jones, Nerys Jones, Alan Whitfield, and Rebecca Gould.
Formed after the closure of Oriel Dafydd Hardy in Caernarfon, ‘Bocs’ filled the void left by the gallery by becoming a champion for emerging young Welsh talent encompassing visual arts, music and performance, and helping to nurture up-and-coming artists, this is the first year that ‘Bocs’ has been involved with ‘Gwyl Arall’, but organizer Rebecca.F.Hardy hopes that it will be the start of a fruitful relationship. Rebecca is already working with her colleagues at ‘Bocs’ in securing a new permanent venue for the co-op and approaching artists to develop a programme of exhibitions and workshops for the coming year.
The aim of gwead.com is to introduce the work of contemporary photographers from Europe’s oldest cultures at the moment; Wales, Brittany, the Basque Country and Catalonia. Their mission statement elaborates on this idea: “By submitting visual work and sharing of cultures that are either similar in language, culture and history or a historical or linguistic we hope to strengthen the relationship between them. We may add more countries in the future. In addition to delivering work on the web, we will display the work in exhibitions, festivals and galleries over the coming months and years. This websites is Rhodri Owen idea of Ysbyty Ifan in Wales. “