a trick of the light @ 72m² Pontypool

a trick of the light @ 72m² Pontypool

​76m² - 2 Portland Buildings (map)

a trick of the light is the final in a series of 9 exhibitions that have been organised at 76m² in Pontypool in 2018, and the 18th in this gallery, by the*kickplate*project team

a trick of the light is a group exhibition featuring photographs taken by some of those who over the last months have been using the community darkroom based in the gallery, either by making prints, developing film, or bringing work to develop and scan. The show includes medium format black and white images, colour 35mm, lith prints, and even a tri-colour gum over lith print, taken by a group of people from a variety of age groups and photographic backgrounds. the*kickplate*project team of Zosia and Dafydd hope it’ll reveal the charm of film photography, whatever camera you use, and encourage more people to try it or come back to it.

Throughout the exhibition, the team are hoping to add more images, so if you'd like to participate by making darkroom prints, it is not too late!


a trick of the light is the final in a series of 9 exhibitions that have been organised at 76m², Pontypool in 2018, and the 18th in this gallery, by the*kickplate*project, with the support from the Arts Council of Wales, Torfaen Council's Arts Development and Pontypool Community Council.

Zosia and Dafydd would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s come to visit in the past 19 months for their support. They’ll be taking a break after the New Year, but will do their best to come back to Pontypool in a new location in 2019.

We wish them well for all their great efforts in bringing accessible and free photography galleries to south Wales valleys communities in recent years!

The exhibition runs from Wed 21 November – Sat 15 December
Tuesday – Thursday 10.30 – 17.30
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 18:00

2 Portland Buildings
Commercial Street

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castiau'r golau yw'r olaf mewn cyfres o 9 arddangos a drefnwyd yn 76m², Pont-y-pŵl 2018, a'r 18fed yn yr oriel yma gan brosiect*kickplate*,

Mae “castiau'r golau" yn arddangosfa grŵp yn rhoi sylw i ffotograffau a dynnwyd dros y misoedd ddiwethaf gan rai o'r rhai fu'n defnyddio ein hystafell dywyll, un ai drwy wneud printiau, datblygu ffilm neu ddod â nhw atom i'w datblygu a'u sganio. Mae'r sioe yn cynnwys delweddau du a gwyn fformat canolig, lliw 35mm, printiau lith a hyd yn oed gwm trilliw dros brint litho, a dynnwyd gan grŵp o bobl o amrywiaeth o grwpiau oedran a chefndiroedd ffotograffig. Gobeithiwn y bydd yn datgelu hud ffotograffiaeth ffilm, pa bynnag gamera a ddefnyddiwch, ac yn annog mwy o bobl i roi cynnig arni neu ddod yn ôl ati.

Gobeithiwn ychwanegu mwy o ddelweddau at bob rhan o'r arddangosfa, felly os hoffech gymryd rhan drwy wneud printiau ystafell dywyll, nid yw'n rhy hwyr!


castiau'r golau yw'r olaf mewn cyfres o 9 arddangos a drefnwyd yn 76m², Pont-y-pŵl 2018, a'r 18fed yn yr oriel yma gan brosiect*kickplate*, gyda chefnogaeth gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Adran Datblygu Celfyddydau Cyngor Torfaen a Chyngor Cymuned Pont-y-pŵl.

Hoffem fanteisio ar y cyfle hwn i ddiolch i bawb ddaeth i ymweld â ni yn y 19 mis diwethaf am eu cefnogaeth. Byddwn yn cymryd seibiant ar ôl, y Flwyddyn Newydd, ond byddwn yn gwneud ein gorau i ddod yn ôl i Bont-y-pŵl mewn lleoliad newydd yn 2019.

21 Tachwedd – 7 Rhagfyr
Dydd Mawrth - Dydd Iau, 10:30 – 17:30
Dydd Llun Mercher, Gwener, Sadurn 11:00 – 18:00

2 Adeiladau Portland
Stryd Fasnachol

Nedd Valley exhibition @ Welsh Rarebit Centre

Nedd Valley exhibition @ Welsh Rarebit Centre

The International Welsh Rarebit Centre (map)

Rounding off 2018 and welcoming in the New Year is a new exhibition by Brecon Beacons-based photographer Neil Mansfield. ‘The Nedd Valley’ presents a selection of work of the area produced by Neil over the last five years.


Neil reflects on the allure of the area and his approach to the photography on show…

The Nedd Valley is remote. It’s peaceful and populated only by a small number of farms, a National Trust cottage rental, a standing stone, a wonderful mountain, limestone pavements, waterfalls, a roman road, sink holes, underground rivers, caves and a lot more, but that’s not why I tread it’s many paths.

It is wild, wonderfully wild, the whole area was only connected to the National grid in 2005, so it retains a desolate untouched feel. The Nedd sits in a valley which adjoins the amazing waterfalls country of the Brecon Beacons, so visitors (thankfully) are instantly drawn to the Sgwd y Eira’s of the park (the waterfall you can walk behind) rather than taking the “no through road, right hand turn” into the valley. My head tells me that this sign is enough to put people off entering, it’s a small country lane, with little room for passing and only a few pull ins.

Writing about the Nedd is tricky, it’s a mental retreat, a personal escape. I can explore for hours without bumping into a soul. Life needs that escape, your head needs it too.

Exploration is difficult to achieve these days, as so many paths are trodden. However, in the Nedd , I’ve walked through limestone kilns, traversed over fallen tree trunks spanning rivers, climbed waterfalls, got lost in woodland but I still made my own path both physically and metaphorically.

I don’t plan or pre-visualise my photographs, I bimble, I wander and I often get lost. I certainly don’t rush to a viewpoint for the best available light in the Nedd, I might not even take a photograph, but I’ll always have my notebook. It’s full of Nedd ramblings, words, drawings, map references and lost paths!

Thinking about the Nedd and it’s history, I wanted my photographs to feel like they fitted the landscape, not shouty sunsets but a sense of place, I wanted to show the landscape used, manipulated and how its intimately weaved together.

Writing the endnote for Thomas Joshua Coopers magnificent “Scattered waters” David Bellingham wrote “….an interior intimacy that is conditioned by familiarity…”

As I have no personal association with the Nedd Valley, no childhood memories to draw from, just countless visits in snow, wind, hail, rain and sun it was through that exploration that my familiarity grew. Sepia is a much maligned tone, so the choice was a difficult one, however, it feels right, it fits the Nedd Valley, it makes a connection to the old and mixes with the new.

I hope my Nedd Valley encourages you to spend time in your own personal Genuis Loci, enveloping yourself into its geographical history, getting lost and filling your own notebook.

Nedd Valley exhibition - Friday 30 November 2018 - Sunday 6 January 2019
(Private View 6-8pm Thursday 28 November)

The International Welsh Rarebit Centre
High Street, Defynnog
Brecon Beacons National Park

Opening hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
Venue Tel: 01874 636843

See more of Neil's work on his website www.landscapesuncovered.com
Follow him on Twitter @chewyuk & Instagram @neilmansfield

Image used with permission of the photographer © Neil Mansfield