Waiting for the Light @ Chapter

Waiting for the Light @ Chapter

Chapter Arts Centre (map)

Waiting for the Light is a body of photographs by Jon Pountney dealing with light.

Hard light catches the swish of a grubby lace curtain, or casts a shadow across the delicate, threadbare surface of a mattress, to elevate the seemingly mundane into something extraordinary and beautiful. The hard glare of the sun makes the subject appear hyper-real; rendering the everyday unfamiliar and enigmatic.

Jon Pountney is not merely a spectator, choosing to capture moments that take place within the community in which he lives and works. This familiarity with his subjects helps to imbue the work with empathy and creates intriguing narratives that are all more absorbing because, with one exception, the works are bereft of real human presence. 
— Chapter website
How Green was my Valley @ Newport Museum & Art Gallery

How Green was my Valley @ Newport Museum & Art Gallery

Newport Museum and Art Gallery (map)

Photographer and educator Ron McCormick reveals a unique and historically important body of work documenting the changes in the South Wales valleys through the decline of the coal mining industry through the 1970’s and 80’s.

This evocative series of photographs record the changing landscape, history and culture of the Valleys as the heritage of coal and steel was being gradually erased from the communal experience.

Having shown a small selection of this work previously at the now-closed Kickplate Gallery in Abertillery in September 2016, the larger space in Newport Museum & Art Gallery allows McCormick now share a more comprehensive collection from his unique archive - half of which have never been seen before.


Admission is free
Sun/Mon - closed, Tue – Frid 9.30am – 5.00pm, Sat 9.30am – 4.00pm
Closed on bank holidays.

For more information and to check opening times, visit the Gallery website >

The Place I Call Home @ Ffotogallery

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From Ffotogallery website…

This cross-cultural exhibition, commissioned by the British Council and curated by David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery, presents the work of 15 artists, each using photography to explore the idea of home through the experiences of people living in the Gulf and the UK at a time of rapid change and social mobility.

After scoping visits to all six GCC countries, curator for the project and Director of Ffotogallery David Drake determined the vision and approach for the exhibition and commissioned several UK and Middle East based artists to produce work responding to its themes. The selected artists reflect a balance of age, gender and professional experience, as well as representation of all six GCC countries. In various ways, the work of the selected artists is about sharing stories of culture and heritage, challenging stereotypes, exploring identities, commonalities and differences.

The exhibition continues in Cardiff until the 21 December, and tours to two other UK venues, in addition to all six Gulf states, between September 2019 and March 2020.

The artists featured in the exhibition are: Mohammed Al Kouh, Ammar Al Attar, Moath Alofi, Sara Al Obaidly, Mashael Al Hejazi, Mai Al Moataz, Abi Green & Sebastian Betancur-Montoya, Ben Soedira, Gillian Robertson, Josh Adam Jones, Richard Allenby-Pratt and Hussain Almosawi & Mariam Alarab.

Photography Season @ National Museum Cardiff

The photography gallery at Museum Wales in Cardiff reopens after maintenance to host an exhibition of work shot in Wales by Martin Parr - and two other exhibitions in nearby galleries in the Museum showing works by Bernd and Hilla Becher;
and influential portraitist August Sander.

The exhibitions - predominantly comprising of loaned photographs - will run into Spring 2020 and have a number of associated public talks and screenings.

Check the Museum website for updates and exhibition opening times:

https://museum.wales/cardiff/whatson/10826/Photography-Season/

Snowdonia, Wales, 1989. From 'Home and Abroad'. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Snowdonia, Wales, 1989. From 'Home and Abroad'. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Martin Parr in Wales
26 October 2019 - 4 May 2020

Martin Parr is one of the most influential and prolific photographers working today. He has always been drawn to Wales, having lived just over the border in nearby Bristol for thirty years. Throughout that time, he has undertaken several editorial and cultural commissions, covering subjects from working men’s clubs to coal mining. This exhibition brings together, for the first time, works that explore different aspects of Welsh life and culture, from male voice choirs and national sports to food, festivals and the seaside.


August Sander.  Secretary at West German Radio in Cologne, Sekretärin beim Westdeutschen Rundfunk in Köln 1931.

August Sander. Secretary at West German Radio in Cologne, Sekretärin
beim Westdeutschen Rundfunk in Köln 1931.

ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander
26 October 2019 - 1 March 2020

ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander presents over eighty photographs by August Sander (1876-1964), one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. The photographs are drawn from Sander’s monumental project People of the Twentieth Century, which classifies individuals and groups of people according to profession and social class. The exhibition is drawn from a major collection of over 170 modern prints, produced from the original plates by August Sander’s grandson, Gerd Sander and placed on long loan to ARTIST ROOMS.

The August Sander exhibition draws from the ARTIST ROOMS collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art. The collection is displayed across the UK in solo exhibitions that showcase the work of 42 major artists and give young people the chance to get involved in creative projects, discover more about art and learn new skills. This touring programme is delivered by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate in partnership with Ferens Art Gallery through to 2020, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by the Art Fund and the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. Since 2009, nearly 50 million people have visited over 185 displays at some 87 museums and galleries.


Bernd and Hilla Becher: Industrial Visions
26 October 2019 - 1 March 2020

Bernd and Hilla Becher: Industrial Visions brings together 225 photographs by two of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. For over 50 years the Becher’s collaborated on a project to document industrial structures across Europe and the USA. Their photographic inventory included winding towers, blast furnaces, cooling towers, gasometers, grain elevators, water towers and lime kilns. In 1965 the Becher’s made their first visit to Wales and returned in 1966 after receiving a British Council Fellowship. Based at a campsite in Glynneath, they explored the south Wales valleys and made an extensive series of photographs that now stand as monuments to a lost world of labour that were once central to the social fabric of industrial communities.

This exhibition presents some of the Becher’s well-known typologies and individual photographs. It is the last exhibition Hilla Becher selected before her death in 2015 and has been curated in partnership with Dr Russell Roberts.

Bernd and Hilla Becher: Blaenserchan Colliery, Pontypool, South Wales, GB, 1966 © Estate Bernd & Hilla Becher, represented by Max Becher, courtesy Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur – Bernd und Hilla Becher Archive, Cologne, 2019

Bernd and Hilla Becher: Blaenserchan Colliery, Pontypool, South Wales, GB, 1966
© Estate Bernd & Hilla Becher, represented by Max Becher, courtesy Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur – Bernd und Hilla Becher Archive, Cologne, 2019