North Wales is currently hosting two exhibitions by Tom Wood. ‘Out-takes and Work Prints’ is showing at Oriel Colwyn in Colwyn Bay till 30th March. ‘Landscapes’ is at Mostyn in a salon-style hang in Llandudno till 6th April (curated by Mark Durden).
Loggerheads View, 2010
“For the last four decades, Irish born photographer Tom Wood has continuously recorded the daily lives of the people of Liverpool and the Merseyside area, firmly establishing his international reputation as a photographer of people.”
Father and Sunset, 2000
Walk to the Green Rooms, Kilshanig, 1987
Younger Mersey Couple, 1978
Tom Wood was born in the West of Ireland and now lives in North Wales.
Oriel Colywn has a donated draw to win signed copies of Tom Wood’s new books Men and Women (published by Steidl) and a signed print. Details here.
You can also watch Tom Wood in ‘What Do Artists Do All Day’ on BBC iplayer
Please join us on the evening of Friday 14th March for our first exhibition. We’ll be showing work from our collective as well as selected work that has featured on our blog. The exhibition is at Arcade Cardiff from 14th – 30th March.
Last week we were delighted to hear the news that Abbie Trayler-Smith won 2nd prize singles, (Staged Portraits) in the World Press Photo Awards.
‘Shannon poses before surgery‘ Abbie Trayler-Smith
‘Shannon poses at the beginning of her-six-month time of having a balloon inserted in her stomach to help her lose weight. “The Big O” is an intimate study of the children behind the obesity statistics that are shaking the core of contemporary Britsh society.’
‘For the soul, the house where it lives is nothing but an expansion of its own body….The surroundings become a museum of the soul, an archive of its experiences.’ Mario Praz. ‘Independent Annie’ offers a glimpse into the day-to-day life of Lindsey, a forty-nine year old single man who lives in his deceased grandparents home.
“On visiting Lindsey’s house for the first time I was struck by a profound sense of nostalgia and realised how reminiscent of my own grandmother’s house the environment was.”
She, like Lindsey, had been a hoarder of precious objects, which for him hold the past. The work explores the treasured nature of personal possessions and how a house and its inhabitant can become reflections of one and other.
Lindsay lived with his grandparents in a village near Bridgend until they passed away, since then he’s been living in the same house mainly alone and surrounded by their belongings. He was born without a full arm and now when he goes out of the house uses prosthesis with a metal clamp on the end.
“I knew of Lindsey as he went to the same comprehensive school as I did, but was a few years older – he was known to me as the one with the claw hand.”
“When I visit Lindsey our time consists of him telling me the latest news especially if its something he doesn’t agree with and stories of his childhood, from being the boy with the hardest punch in his junior school to how his last partner who was very violent towards him. He’s been single for a few years but has a few male and female friends who call and visit, most of these friends have drug and alcohol issues and tend to go to the house when they need something to eat or drink or somewhere to sleep.”
Mandy Thomas is from Pencoed in the borough of Bridgend and recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in Documentary Photography at Newport South Wales. In 2013 Mandy won the Welsh Livery for Outstanding Work for her on-going project ‘Independent Annie.’ You can see more of Mandy’s work here
Now on show at Queens Arcade Cardiff is ‘Contra’, an installation of photographic and film work by Claire Kern and Jorden Williams.
Tsering Dogma (24) from the series Silent Genocide, Claire Kern
“Contra unites Kern and Williams’ shared concern with current socio-political factors that affect female sexuality, fertility and the choices of women today.”
‘Pillpop’, film still from The Doctored Oath, Jorden Williams
This exhibition sees Kern presenting Silent Genocide, “a series of photographs and texts documenting the heart-rending stories of women from Tibet living in India, facing potentially life threatening sterilization procedures.” Jorden Williams’ work questions “the Western systems and values placed on contraceptive drugs that affect those a little closer to home” in her video ‘The Doctored Oath’.
The exhibition is at Queens Arcade, Queen St, Cardiff, CF10 2BY till the 16th February (open Wednesday to Sunday 12 – 5.30pm).