Collaborating with the Welsh Refugee Council - Cardiff-based Social Documentary photographer Nigel Pugh formulated ‘Creating Sanctuary’ to enable six volunteers from across Wales to share their story and experience of working with refugees in Wales. Having contacted Ffoton to let us know the project had been awarded Arts Council of Wales funding, we asked Nigel if he'd be agreeable to recording his thoughts and approach prior to starting photography; and again on completion of the work. The audio clips below offer some insight to his enthusiasm, thoughts and intended approach before commencing the work; followed by his reflection on the final process and results.
The resulting exhibition, opening on the Level 1 space in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay tomorrow Wednesday 31 May and running until 2 July 2017, includes the presentation of photographic portraits, and quotes extracted from the volunteers text contributions in response to a set of questions. The exhibition coincides with volunteer week and refugee week. There is a launch event for the show 2-4pm on Saturday 10 June.
See more of Nigel's work on his website www.nigelpugh.co.uk
Show images © Nigel Pugh
Photographer portraits © Brian Carroll