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Beyond Borders

A collaborative project by Natasha Mayo

1st – 6th October

Penarth Pier Pavilion is delighted to invite you to ‘Beyond Borders’, a collaborative project, delivered by Dr. Natasha Mayo with help from you!

Beyond Borders explores how creativity can encourage debate about asylum with local and refugee families by drawing parallels between the movement of the earth and the movement of man. Using the shoreline, the unique language of clay and a multidisciplinary cast of creative thinkers – from musicians / storytellers / illustrators / poets / geologists and representatives from the refugee council – we will come together to inform and inspire!

1st October – 12.30pm – Our journey will begin with a ‘Big Draw’ event at Penarth Pier Pavilion – we will equip you with paper and pens for your journey – to explore the very thing that unites us with every human being across the globe, the earth beneath our feet. As we walk along the shoreline you will be encouraged to draw in response to range of exciting events from hearing international melodies in response to the sea, to hearing stories of journeying and seeing land come into view, to exploring the magnetic pull of the planet and investigating the earths more deeply embedded histories.

On our return to the Gallery we will move from paper into clay and contribute to a ‘live form’ exhibition – an artwork that can only be created with your contribution: you will be asked to model those very ‘things’ that you would take on a long journey across land and sea – objects you consider most important to you from shoes / bowls / bags to your cat, batman model to sandwiches!
These soft clay objects will be gently pushed into the corner of two mobile walls to create, when the walls are removed, a collection of objects signifying identities, personal narratives that each child and family hold dear, contained/shaped by boundaries.

All work produced will form the ‘Things We Share’ exhibit to remain at the Pier Pavilion until touring to Cardiff MADE as part of MadeinRoath festival on Wednesday 28th October.

Collaborators Include:
Bethan Frieze Violinist / Bevan Magama: Storyteller and facilitator / Eric Ngalle Charles: Poet / Claire Louise Prosser: Artist / Imogen Higgins: Sculptor / Heather Jackson: Geologist / Chris Glynn: Illustrator
With thanks to graduates and undergraduates of CSAD Ceramics including: Jennifer Hawthorn / Mikky Saunby / Charlotte Manser / Meg Beamish


Dyma Gariad (fel y moroedd) / Here is a Love (deep as oceans)

Iwan Bala
4th – 30th November 2016
Public Preview: 4th November, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: 14th November, 6pm, Free
Walk & Talk: 30th November, 2pm, Free

We are pleased to announce that renowned artist, Iwan Bala will be exhibiting a new body of works never before seen by the public. 

In these works of the past five years, Bala’s interest lies not in ornamental cartography, in skillful and pleasing formations of letters but in attempting to express the spontaneity of the moment of writing, the rapid often stumbled, crossed out, corrected, blotted, re-adjusted rush to put thoughts on paper (beer mat or envelope). The attempt of a poet to capture a line before it ebbs in the memory. His desire, in a sense, is to return to the origin of the words, the point before the poem becomes a perfectly typed copy, or is reproduced in the pages of a machine made book, replicated exactly in hundreds or thousands of exact duplicates. Because the poem is only ONE, it is a unique creation, and desires to return it to that one, unique object.

Responding to the result of the electorate’s vote on the UK’s EU membership, Bala began to make (alongside politicized ‘maps’), satirical caricatures of the principle players in this grand fiasco, this ‘Eton mess’. An Artist has a duty to comment, protest and become an agent provocateur through the medium of visual communication. Cartoons have a long and illustrious history, and have always lurked somewhere in the background environs of his artwork.

Limited edition giclee prints of ‘Dis-united Kingdom (Eton Mess)’ are available

Iwan Bala is an established artist, writer and lecturer. Bala’s multiple award winning practice has recently centred around the culture of the Welsh language in its literature, with poetry, hymns & anthems taking centre stage in his raw, immediate & text-heavy work. Bala has exhibited widely, with works in private and numerous public collections including the National Museum of Wales, Contemporary Art Society for Wales and the National Library of Wales.

Image: Go West (version 2)/ Dos, Mixed media on Khadi and Amate papers. 75×55cm (2016)

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