Made in Wales at Oriel Colwyn

We’re going north.

It’s a pleasure to announce that our group exhibition ‘Made in Wales’ will open at Oriel Colwyn on 5th September. The exhibition will be showing new work that we have featured on our blog since the inaugural ‘Made in Wales’ show at Arcade Cardiff in March.

Please spread the word and join us in North Wales in September.


James O Jenkins

Street Level Exhibition

A Fine Beginning is going to Scotland. We’re very pleased to announce a collaboration with the Scottish photography collective Document Scotland.

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‘Untitled’ from the series ‘A Line Runs Through Us’. Photograph © Gawain Barnard, 2014 all rights reserved.

‘Kirriemuir’ from the series ‘Scotia Nova’. Photograph © Stephen McLaren, 2014 all rights reserved.

Document Scotland kindly invited us to join them and contribute new work to an exhibition at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow that will open on the evening of Thursday 28th August. We’ll be releasing further details of the exhibition soon, which is taking the notions of ‘home’ and ‘community’ as it’s motivation.

‘Deena, 12, looks at her Easter Eggs, broken into small pieces and stored in the fridge, Port Talbot’. From the series ‘The Big O’. Photograph © Abbie Trayler-Smith, 2014 all rights reserved.

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From ‘Phoenix: the fall and rise of Ravenscraig.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, 2014 all rights reserved.

Document Scotland is made up of Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Stephen McLaren – four Scots-born photographers, all exponents of documentary photography. We share a common vision with Document Scotland, which is to discover and showcase contemporary photography being made in Wales and Scotland respectively.

‘Football goal, Edinburgh’ from the series ‘Sixteen’. Photograph © Sophie Gerrard, 2014 all rights reserved.

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‘Untitled’ from the series ‘Rutherglen’. Photograph © James O Jenkins, 2014 all rights reserved.

We’re going to be in Glasgow for the opening on 28th August and the following days will see a range of events including portfolio reviews, artist’s talks and the launch of Document Scotland’s new publication. More details of how to join us at these events will be released soon.

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From the series ‘Looking for Lilacs’. Photograph © Jack Latham, 2014 all rights reserved.

Hawick Common Riding, Scotland, 6th June 2014.
‘Kevin Telford. Hawick Common Riding’. From the series ‘Unsullied and Untarnished’. Photograph © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2014 all rights reserved.

Collaboration seems to be the way forward these days and we’re excited by this new relationship between Wales and Scotland.

James O Jenkins

Nothing Like It

Sam Peat

Last month we attended the ‘We Are This’ publication launch and ‘Reasons to be Cheerful‘ Miniclick talks in Hackney by the graduates of the Documentary Photography course from the University of South Wales, Newport. The publication (produced by Stanley James Press) is packed with good work and Sam Peat’s project ’Nothing Like It’ particularly caught our eye, especially in light of it being the NHS’s 66th birthday last weekend.

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“Nothing Like It seeks to explore the problems facing the NHS as manifested in Accident and Emergency departments. The NHS is the only healthcare system of its type in the world, and is one of our most precious national assets.”


“The state of the NHS is something that affects us all; the likelihood is that we will all need its services at some point during our lives.”

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“However in recent years the service has become subject to a number of spending cuts which effect services dramatically in some areas. We now have the longest waiting times as a nation that we have had for over a decade. Visiting nurses, community healthcare, local GP surgeries, and staff numbers have all been reduced. The knock-on effects of these services being reduced means that the patients who would otherwise be seen earlier, and pre treated, now end up in Accident and Emergency wards.”


“These pictures show the relentless pace of the department at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. During the long twelve-hour shifts it is common to see 115 new patients with a varying severity of health problems.”


You can see more of Sam’s work at

James O Jenkins

In the Company of an Invisible Man

Harry Rose

“The building blocks of our natural world, rocks and mountains sculpt the very land we live on. As communities grow and populations increase, people shape and form the landscape to suit their needs. For all that these landscapes may change however and be marked by man, it is important to remember that they are equally capable of leaving their marks on us. The depth of these marks are subjective, their impressions environmental and influenced by our own physical experience and personal engagement with the land.”


“In his body of work, In the Company of an Invisible Man, Harry Rose explores notions of loss, memory and human relationships within landscape photography. Specifically, his work focuses on a particular landscape that has influenced him personally as well as professionally. Having kept his distance from this place for some time, Rose has been drawn back to photograph this landscape, to reflect and find some inner peace. Retracing walks and journeys from countless miles travelled through his youth, Rose guides us through the landscape he photographs giving the audience access to treasures and memories collected along these routes. Through significant objects, rock minerals, childhood photographs, immersing himself back into the environment, Rose explores not individuality but an awareness of self and a search for identity in a key psychological landscape formed from his subjective experiences.”


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The book In the Company of an Invisible Man is available to purchase here.

Harry graduated from the University of South Wales (Newport) in 2014 and works as editor for Darwin Magazine, a self published magazine which was founded by Harry and Ryan Grimley in 2012, providing a platform for both established and unestablished photographers and writers.

Words by Kate Mercer.

James O Jenkins