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?
In December 2017 I took part in my first section of a Residency at Metal in Southend. I proposed the Idea of Pier to Pier. Coming from Llandudno were we have the longest Pier in Wales To Southend’s longest pier in Britain. This was set in stone but on arrival and trip through London, I become captivated by the power of the Themes Estuary.
“Looking up” was my response to a constant fear of heights. The 10 images where taken in a way to disorientate. Looking up at he walls and vantage points. The work was installed in Caernarfon Castle as part of a IPP Stamp funded ACW Project
I created a community-based project that was formed around the influence of the 1940’s Mass Observation works in Bolton, England, by Humphrey spender at Tedder House, Llandudno. The work involved a short film created around the perimeter of the Mass Observation Area. For which is used a bike with 3 cameras giving you a forward backwards and rear perspective. The work was part of Llawn04 in the FreeHaus. I gave participants in the mass observation workshop a map with a boundary in the project. This is shown on the bike. The viewer was asked to walk on the image and engage with the building and the work by walking on it.
I was invited to put work into Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno. The work approached makers in a one mile radius of the Gallery. So sat amongst a great collection of makers from Home made Large format cameras, Painters to Cake Makers. It was a eclectic mix. My work featured was taken in Sicily a few years ago as part of a Residency I was part of. The work was never shown and has been somewhat nomadic in finding a place for it hang. So it was nice to see it come back full circle and be displayed in Llandudno The work show all the boxes that kept the island safe in the area of Millazo
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
I found out about the closure of Oriel Wrecsam (probably may favourite gallery) that i have such a connection with. It gave me my first chance to grab at the slippy old balloon of the art bubble dream back in 2008 on selection for the Wrecsam Open. But now revitalised and mowing into pastures new its last Hara was Art Vend. The project selected artist to submit 50 pieces of work to go to vending machines placed around Wrecsam over the next few months. The work I submitted took the form of a Digital Protection locked away in the little plastic casual. Alongside this sits the brilliant documentary of the gallery in its closing weeks from https://twitter.com/OrielWresidency This was created by Simon Proffitt more of his work can be seen here A real eye for detail…
Artist in Oriel Gwynedd
Time is flying by with the project over at Oriel Gwynedd, Bangor. You can keep up to speed with the work and what I’m doing here https://tocynnwr.exposure.co I am about to start documenting the closure of the old gallery over the next coming months.
I have an Exhibition coming up from 25 April – 5 July 2015 alongside Susan Williams and Wendy Leah Dawson. I have been documenting the many signs of Tremeirchion for such a small village about 1 square mile with over 30 signs that I have managed to document
I’m also making a return to my third Helfa Gelf this year. I will be once again camped out in Haus Of Helfa, Llandudno after receiving confirmation of my work been selected. Think poems rubber bands and 360 degrees
Ffloc has been selected to work on a 3 week residency as part of connect 2 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre during May which will entail a visually projected element and poetry. This is going to be a massive challenge but great fun. This is to evolve into a bigger project