• Oriel Colwyn (upstairs at Theatr Colwyn) (map)
  • Abergele Road
  • Colwyn Bay LL29 7RU
  • United Kingdom


‘What is Welsh?’ is a broad documentation of Wales and the Welsh. Studying diversity, subculture, individualism, generations and patriotism, whilst debunking the typical and tiresome Welsh stereotypes.

The main aim of Dan’s project was to establish the cultural identity of the Welsh and discover the true essence of Wales that lies beneath the surface.

The work was shot over a 10 month period in 2011/12 which also saw Dan take a two week roadtrip around Wales. It was shot on both a Leica M6 and M7 on black and white film stock which was then developed in his home darkroom.

The project name came about when Dan was traveling in Morocco in 2008. A young boy asked where they were from, to which his companion replied, ”We are Welsh”, the boy then enquired "What is Welsh?”

The project was funded by the Arts Council of Wales and shown in its original form in The Senedd, National Assembly for Wales, Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery (Aberdare) and the Rhonda Heritage Park.

Dan has continued to add to ‘What is Welsh?’ and Oriel Colwyn is proud to be able to show a rejuvenated form of this exhibition with additional outtakes and new pictures.

Admission is free and exhibitions are available to see most weekdays between 10am and 5pm and during normal theatre and cinema opening times.

Oriel Colwyn is a multi-purpose exhibition space and therefore occasionally unavailable. Please phone ahead in advance if travelling to confirm the gallery is open. Tel: 01492 577888