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Niche appeal music

Like one of those infuriating rural bus services that publish no music for years and then suddenly release two albums at once, I’m delighted to announce that despite not having published any music for years, I’m suddenly releasing two albums at once. I’ll write more about these later (maybe – no-one’s actually reading this, are they?), but for now here are the plain facts:

CAHN INGOLD PRELOG: Tolerance
2xCD, Recordiau Prin
“… imagine yourself unexpectedly released into an alien forest filled with swamp mist and static electricity…”
Listen/Buy from bandcamp: recordiauprin.bandcamp.com/album/tolerance

The Master Musicians of Dyffryn Moor: Cerddoriaeth Ddefodol Gogledd Sir Benfro (Ritual Music of North Pembrokeshire)
2xLP, Amgueddfa Llwch
Ritual trance music from rural Wales, performed on kitchen utensils and garden tools.
Listen/Buy from bandcamp: dyffrynmoor.bandcamp.com

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Gwaddol / Legacy

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If you find yourself anywhere in the vicinity of Bangor (Gwynedd, not Co. Down) over the next 3 months, then please consider calling in to Pontio, the new and exciting Arts & Innovation Centre. It’s an interesting place with lots of things going on, but in addition to those interesting things, you can see my new multi-media exhibition, Gwaddol, for free.

Gwaddol is a celebration of Theatr Gwynedd, the popular precursor to Pontio, built in 1974 and demolished in 2010. Here’s what I said about the exhibition when put on the spot with a voice recorder by Pontio’s marketing team:

“I admit to feeling a bit daunted when I was first approached about doing this, as it was clear from the outset what a clear sense of community there was around Theatr Gwynedd. There were so many people who knew each other, worked together, grew up together and one of the most interesting things for me was finding out these stories – these stories and people who had grown into local legends.

“I feel really warmly towards the place now, though I never went there myself, and it seemed there was lots of fun to be had there. So that was something I really wanted to come out in the exhibition. It’s all very well doing a very serious and sombre reflection of the history of Theatr Gwynedd, but from speaking to people who were involved with it, it really seemed as if it was a good, fun happy place so I wanted that to be reflected.

“Rather than a memorial, I wanted it to be a celebration which maybe triggers memories. I really hope that people who do know what Theatr Gwynedd did can connect with this – whether it’s one of their stories used for something, or they see an object and it reminds them of a good time they had there.”

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Cinema

Hi there. I thought I’d better let you know that I’m no longer artist in residence at Oriel Wrecsam – that stopped back in March, but the lack of an update probably made it look like I’m still there. If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to (not that you were, but if you were), check out the community cinema I started, and make sure you come to our next event on the 9th October: New Dot Cinema. Bye!

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Oriel Wresidency

I forgot to tell you, but I’m currently Artist In Residence at Oriel Wrecsam, documenting and archiving the gallery before it moves out of its current location and into a temporary off-site phase.

Following all the latest developments on Twitter: /OrielWresidency.

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Something Happened / Gwaddol

I have two new solo exhibitions coming up, featuring all new work.

Oriel Wrecsam Off-Site

Something Happened is an oblique tribute to Roy Andersson, Stewart Lee, Studio 54 and the now defunct retail chain JJB Sports. It’ll take place at Oriel Wrecsam Off-Site throughout September. More details soon.

Theatr Gwynedd

Gwaddol is being commissioned by Pontio, the wonderful new multi-purpose cultural centre in Bangor. It aims to bridge the gap between the now defunct Theatr Gwynedd, on whose foundations Pontio is being built, and the new centre, by sharing / collecting / exploring memories of the old theatre. This will likely be opening September / October time. Again, more details soon!

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Why We Are Here

I’ve been working on an exciting new project with Lisa Carter and Matt Sherratt, the fruits of which will be on display in Denbigh Gallery from 9 November – 4 January. It’ll feature all manner of wonderful new pieces in a range of media: ceramics, paper, ink, photography, video and sound. Check out some of the works-in-progress here: why-we-are-here.tumblr.com and here: Flickr

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The Holiday Revolution

Work in progress – come and see the finished thing at 26 Augusta Street, Llandudno, 20-22 September.

More info:
llawn.org
helfagelf.co.uk

Holiday Revolution

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Helfa Gelf 2013

The Christmas chocolates are out on the local supermarket shelves, which must mean that September is once more upon us. I’m taking part in Helfa Gelf, the North Wales Open Studios project again this year, in addition to being part of Llawn01 – the first Llandudno Arts Weekend. Come along if you want to see and hear some art stuff, or if you simply want to find out why I haven’t done any of those things I promised you I’d do all those weeks/months ago.

Here’s a first glimpse at something I (might|will) be showing, to get you in the mood:

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Dinbych Saith

I am extremely proud and delighted to announce Dinbych Saith, a special commissioned exhibition currently on show at the 2013 National Eisteddfod of Wales in Denbigh, and carried out in collaboration with writer, performer, artist and jigsaw-puzzler Eilir Jones. It’s a response to the cultural and historical impact of the North Wales Hospital on Denbigh and surrounding areas.

It’s on from 3-10 August in the Lle Celf pavilion, and at selected times Eilir and myself will also be operating an on-site clinic, set up to collect memories, thoughts and stories about the hospital. Come along and share something with us, even if it’s just to tell us that you’ve never heard of the place.

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House

House for sale! Make me an offer.

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