Category Archives: Exhibition

From Syria With Love – Exhibition | Opening night Thursday, 10th Dec at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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Come and join us for an art exhibition of drawings created by Syrian children living in the refugee camp in Lebanon.

Every child has the right to dream.

The exhibition has been organised by Baraa Ehsaan Kouja, a Syrian student at the University of Exeter and iNEED volunteer Natatsha Cadman.

There will be around 25 prints of drawings and paintings made by Syrian refugee children aged 12-18 currently living in Al-Abrar refugee camp in Lebanon. Some of the works reflect the trauma that the young people have experienced, while others are more hopeful and optimistic.

“There is now a lost generation of Syrian children – children who are losing their education, who have been forced to thinkabout war and destruction rather than peace and love” Baraa said.

“These paintings show something of the awful reality that Syrians have endured, but also their dreams. I have lived in Exeter for a year, and have met many wonderful people working for the relief of refugees, both at the university and in the town this exhibition complements that work by showing the real experiences of real refugees”.

Alongside each picture, as well as the title and the name of the artist, there will be a photo of the tent they are currently living in, and a brief statement of that child’s dream.

W H Davies Young Poets Exhibition Launches at The Project Space

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To celebrate the overwhelming success of the first ever W H Davies Young Poets Competition, an exhibition of all the work entered is being held at The Project Space in Newport High Street.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Newport’s legendary tramp poet, W H Davies, The Riverfront Theatre held a poetry competition for writers aged 16 years and under, with a cash prize of £100 on offer for the winning poet.

Writers were asked to consider the opening lines of Davies’ poem Leisure, and compose work on the theme of nature. Hundreds of entries were received and all will now be displayed at The Project Space as part of a free exhibition.

The winner of the first ever W H Davies Young Poets Competition was Diesel Williams for his poem ‘A View of Nature’.

Competition judge, Paul Chambers, said: “We have been overwhelmed by both the quality and quantity of work submitted. Congratulations go to Diesel Williams for his winning poem – a superb composition on the power and beauty of nature, with a poetic technique not too dissimilar from Davies himself! We very much hope to be able to continue with and develop the competition to provide encouragement and incentive for our young writers.”

The exhibition will run from Monday 05 until Saturday 31 October.

Exhibition: Our Cultural Lives

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EXHIBITION: HEALING WORDS FROM THE SANCTUARY. 12th – 30th AUGUST.

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As part of the Healing Words project, women from the Sanctuary project at Bethel Church Newport have been working with writer Clare Potter and artist Cath Lewis to produce their words and textiles which are now on show at The Project Space in Newport. The exhibition will run until 30th August, and is open Tuesdays – Thursdays from 10am – 5pm.

The Healing Words project uses creative writing and art as a tool for positive mental health and wellbeing. The project is a partnership between Gwent Arts in Health, Literature Wales and Newport Live Community Arts and Torfaen CBC and works with a diverse range of groups across the greater Gwent area.

For more information about the project visit: http://www.garth.org.uk

LIFE ART ON TOUR – A week of exhibitions and life drawing at The Project Space

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FREE – 22nd June – 27th June 2015 – 10am to 4pm daily

DROP-IN Life Drawing Sessions – WEDS / THURS / FRI (tbc)

This month we welcome our resident life drawing class – CARDIFF LIFE MODELS to The Project Space with their exhibition LIFE ART ON TOUR. With partner hosts Carnegie House in Bridgend and Jacob’s Market Gallery in Cardiff, the exhibition will feature work by students who have attended the weekly life drawing sessions run by the group across South Wales, showcasing a wide variety of media and stylistic approaches to figurative work. Pieces of artwork will be on sale during the event – please contact event organiser Andy Lamb for details.

In addition, CARDIFF LIFE MODELS will be hosting a number of drop in life drawing sessions during the week for visitors to have a go at themselves. These sessions are open to all and suitable for all abilities – materials provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Nudity and the human form are key elements of this exhibition. Some adults bringing children and /or young people to this exhibition may deem parental guidance advisory.

For more information about this event or life drawing classes in your area, please contact Andy Lamb via welshlamb@me.com or visit www.cardifflifemodels.co.uk

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END OF YEAR SHOW – Coleg Gwent Newport Art & Design Students at The Project Space

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FREE – Opens: Friday 5th June 6pm – 8pm / Exhibitions continues: Saturday 6th June 10am – 4pm

This week at The Project Space, we welcome Coleg Gwent Art & Design students showcasing their end of year show across both floors of the unit. Opening night is Friday 5th June 6pm – 8pm, and is open again on Saturday 6th June, 10am – 4pm.

Free entry, all welcome. Bring all your friends!

For more information about Coleg Gwent and the Art & Design Course, please visit: http://www.coleggwent.ac.uk/newport

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Inviting the Neighbours around to Paint

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FREE – MONDAY 20th April – FRIDAY 24th April 2015 – 10am to 5pm daily

Based on Pavel Althamer’s project ‘The Neighbours’ created for The New Museum, New York, ‘Inviting the Neighbours around to Paint‘ invites members of the public and different community groups to work, play and express themselves through the medium of paint, colour, drawing and words.

Over the course of this week, The Project Space shop front will become an open studio and street level gallery, that will be hosted each day by a different invited artist. As the week progresses, the space will transform with the gradual accumulation of drawings and paintings.

Artist Timetable:
Monday 20th April – Marega Palser
Tuesday 21st April – ArtRaT
Wednesday 22nd April – Stephanie Roberts
Thursday 23rd April – Barrie Morgan
Friday 24th – Steven George Jones
This is a Free event and all materials will be supplied, and is open to all ages and abilities. If you are interested in reserving the space for a Group you are involved with, please get in touch with The Project Space at theprojectspacenpt@gmail.com or Marega Palsar at maregapalser@yahoo.co.uk to book on.
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MEET THE RESIDENTS #2: Sara Rees – “DEMOCRACY”

Still of DEMOCRACY from Arcade Cardiff courtesy of Sara Rees

Still of DEMOCRACY from Arcade Cardiff courtesy of Sara Rees

On Saturday 18th April and Saturday 2nd May, artist Sara Rees will engage shoppers and passersby in conversations about democracy at The Project Space on Newport’s Commercial Street in her performance of DEMOCRACY.

Sited in one of the now ubiquitous empty shops symptomatic of the Global Financial Crisis, DEMOCRACY explores the ideological basis to the current crisis and the threat to democracy posed by global corporate capitalism. The placing of this installation draws upon the history of democracy, which originated in the agoras of Ancient Greece. Agoras were open public spaces in the centre of the city that were both marketplace and the place of assembly, the site of both commerce and politics.

Based in a vacant retail unit shop in the centre of Newport, and appropriating the visual aesthetic and conventions of consumerism, DEMOCRACY, to all intents and purposes, is a shop. There are bright lights, piped music, and helpful sales staff on hand. There’s even a sale on. But there is nothing for sale. The consumer space has been supplanted with a discursive space, where unsuspecting shoppers are invited to reflect, engage and talk about their experience and understanding of democracy.

DEMOCRACY is made in response to the growing ferment of disillusionment that many people feel with democracy, both nationally and internationally, being increasingly compromised by the insidious influence yielded by powerful corporate elites. To remain democratic, democracy relies on participation of the people. In making this work I want to stimulate discussion about the nature of democracy and engage people with these ideas in the approach to the general election on 7th May.

The two performances of DEMOCRACY at The Project Space will run between 10 am and 5 pm on both days. For further information, please contact the artist at reessara@hotmail.com or visit www.sararees.com


About the artist:

Sara Rees is a practising artist from the Gower Peninsula, currently based in Cardiff. Awarded First Class Honours in Visual Performance at Dartington College of Arts, she later gained Masters in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design with Distinction. For the past fifteen years Rees has created artworks for residencies, commissions, and exhibitions; her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally, including in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Latvia, Belgium, Montreal, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, Barcelona, Glasgow, Athens, Moscow, London, Sao Paolo and Berlin. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and prizes, including First Prize for the Oriel Davies Open, a Creative Wales Award and the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Award. 

Conceptually driven, Rees works across mediums, including video, photography, performance, installation, intervention, writing, and relational art. She works both within the gallery and beyond, creating site-specific installations and interventions for a diverse range of sites, from bucolic woodlands to a derelict ex-Soviet power station. Her practice is an on-going exploration of the interface between nature and civilization, of the conditions of global capitalism in relation to the environment and the human condition. While political and provocative, Rees’ work is also playful. Often blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, her work is both uncanny and enchanting.


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