• Park Inn Hotel (map)
  • Mary Ann Street
  • Cardiff, Wales, CF10 2JH
  • United Kingdom

An ambitious site-specific installation of photographs by Wales based photographer Jon Pountney is one of the main events to celebrate the Iris LGBT Cinema Festival’s 10th anniversary in 2016.

© Jon Pountney

© Jon Pountney

Jon has been documenting Iris prize since its inception in 2006, as well as the short films made by winners of the prize. This event offers a window on the world of film production as well as offering previously unseen behind-the-scenes coverage of the eight Iris Prize Productions to date.

I’m really excited and thrilled to be rustling through the archives from the last ten years, to pick out the best of my stills from our Iris Prize winners films. Having been with Iris right from the first event, I have been an intimate witness to all the success that Iris has enjoyed, documenting each festival, and following the creative process behind each film.
— Jon Poutney

The installation is hosted in the Park Inn Cardiff City Centre Hotel, in partnership with Ffotogallery and British Council Wales. It includes up to 80 on-location photographs reproduced as banners, digitally projected images and as traditional photographic prints, but it also incorporates soundscapes and music from the Iris Prize archive, which includes the voices of past jury members such as actor Simon Russell Beale, and authors Alan Hollinghurst and Sarah Waters.

Elements of the exhibition including the large photographic prints are open to the public during the day for the duration of the 2016 festival.


Iris and me runs during the Iris Festival in Cardiff 12-16 October 2016

Find out more about the Iris Festival on their website