For Llawn03 (2016) as part of Haus Of Helfa, “Poetry Bingo” for the first time. Three games of bingo performed in the same place that the old turns of ‘The Rafa Club’ took place. I recreated a working man’s club environment to play the game. Poetry randomly placed in a heated game of bingo for real prizes The game was interrupted with sight-specific poetry. I got to tour “Poetry Bingo” across Wales two years later supported by ACW. The spinning balls where called in Ty Pawb and then down to The Roath Park Pub in Roath, Cardiff for Made In Roath festival. Not forgetting a fantastic Call of a few games in Mecca Bingo, Wrecsam with the support of Ty Pawb

Car-nar-von was the conclusion of my month-long residency with Carn, Caernarfon (March 2018). The residency looked at me in search of the real town. I wanted to investigate the town and put on a performance that connected to a family holiday with relatives that concluded with us be dumped in Bundaberg, Queensland. Three days’ drive from flight home in Sydney.

I found the real town not just the tourist part around the castle. Such a wealth of history friendly faces and a will to survive. As the work documented on my take over of the Carn Instagram. The words I performed at the end were a trilogy of response to My Uncle who played the main part in leaving us who we have never spoken to since (this happened in 1996). As part of the residency, I approached the local community to take part in a photography workshop.

The three poems raise the question of longing distance and unanswered questions. I also invited Welsh Musician and performance poet Sian Miriam and poet Rhys Trimble to contribute. I found it pretty brutal to perform. Sometimes wearing your heart on your sleeve can have positive effects, it’s just how you control it?

Bodelwydden Exhibition 4

Here are couple of images from my Emerging Pathways Exhibition at Bodelwydden Castle. I Documented all the sign of small village Tremeirchion on the side of the Clwydian Range

Bodelwydden Exhibition 3

i had a clear view of how I wanted the work to look by filling the wall as you walk into the space capturing the shear volume of the signs in the area

Bodelwydden Exhibition 2

Bodelwydden Exhibition 1

I think I captured all the signs there was just under 40 which coming up with the idea even I was shocked about

Trefnant Sign

I think the tow signs i’ve shown here are the news and oldest that i found. The above sign Pre date the standardisation of British Road Signs by the Worboys Committee of 1963.

A55 Sign

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For just under two years now I have been working with the group Ffoto Alternative and planning their biggest exhibition to date at Bodelwyddan Castle. The work was to document the 25th anniversary of the castle. Also alongside our work we was lucky to be paired with the National Portrait Gallery who brought a  selection of work up from 1988 this featured photos of The Stone Roses, Run DMC, Steven Hawkins to name a few. A great honour to be alongside such images of icons. The work that I put into the show was seen first on google maps. I noticed that there was an old drive way to the castle. Back in February I went to document the trees. This would then be placed in a filling cabinet in the exhibition. that you would walk through with your hands. The first image was pixellated the last image in-front of the castle was clear to give a sense of distance. I like the fact the filing cabinet was closed so only the keen-eyed viewer would even know it was there.

 

This is a poem about me. I went to my first Liverpool F.C game in 1987 and my first Widnes R.L.F.C game in 1983. So aged 3 and 7 them memories etch into your brain. A right of passage what ever you go onto. Know one can take your teams away from you. I was lucky enough to spend time in a recent exhibition in Oriel Mostyn in Llandudno. I the presence of a Box used by artist Gareth Griffiths to take his son’s to match at Anfield. The power of ‘The Box’ moved me…

Thanks for sharing it with us Gareth!

 

Road End

Not my White box.

Someone else’s vantage point,

chips hold stories,

celebration, sadness, glory.

On that afternoon,

like a full stop,

alone it stood,

together, raised scarfs taught.

Your words made me feel 9

The feeling surrounds me lots of looking up.

The raised rim on a plastic flask mug.

The floor touching my feet through worn souls.

The Safety and smells of cut grass before me.

Winter cold rattles my mittens.

Floodlight halo’s dot my eyes.

Barbwire fences brown glass spikes.

Thousands packed in tight.

Now I’m back and still no connection?

Just know I’ve been there.

A time so much simpler?

Black and white Red or blue…

Christie HD18K Data and video projector for Hire
Christie HD18K Data and video projector for Hire (Photo credit: AV Hire London)

 

 

Conwy Castle, Wales
Conwy Castle, Wales (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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After my adventures in digital projection last year on conwy castle. I have pushed on with my poetic endeavors for this years blinc digital arts festival. I will be talking over the cob between Llandudno junction and conwy with some interesting props and tale of a man who came to stay…

 

Engaging with social media will take a big part in my installation so remember #noirconwy

 

 

A Poem by Alan Whitfield

A Sinister Side To Public Art

From Helkyn I saw brilliance
to the outermost edge
a full-bodied blue like honey
road lines like a cobra
supplementing your passing
beneath the over pass
at hand, waving

Why am I here,
post haste I approach,
like a supermarket bar code.

The honey blue circumduct
to vile, ultra, violet-purple.
Fragmenting perspicuity
passed scoffed soulless funding.
Internal soul sapping sculptures.

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