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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. 
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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 >