C30, C60, C90 Go!

I’m delighted that I was able to create artwork for some exciting new cassette releases this Autumn.

First up Ian Wade’s Blood Everywhere album is called Perseverance and is released in October as a limited cassette with The Dark Outside
Hear some tasty tasters here https://soundcloud.com/bloodeverywheregroop

Ian is also a music journalist and makes the best compilations!
https://www.mixcloud.com/BloodEverywhere/

Secondly we have the most indie pop of super groups ever in Swansea Sound.
Amelia Fletcher & Rob Pursey (Tallulah Gosh, Marine Research, Heavenly, Tender Trap, Catenary Wires) and Hue Williams of The Pooh Sticks have come together and are releasing new music with Swansea label
Lavender Sweep Records who specialise in niche formats.
You will be able to own Swansea Sound’s first single called ‘Angry Girl’ ON TAPE! on 17th October 2020.
Swansea Sound will not be available on Spotify and the like.

Hooray!

Collage work

I’ve been making collage work this year and my friend Jude Rogers asked me to make some work to help promote her Bright Field events that she’s seasonally curating at The Globe in Hay on Wye. They are being used on the social media for Bright Field and the Summer/Autumn event in September saw the collages projected on the interior of The Globe while the artists were performing. It was lovely,

Here are a couple from the end of Summer 2019

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40 Voices 40 Years – The 40th anniversary of Welsh Women’s Aid

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Since February 2018 I have been working on building an archive of digital stories for the Forty Voices Forty Years project. Through travelling the length and width of Wales I have had the privilege of meeting the most amazing and incredibly strong women. Through interviews with Welsh women of all diverse backgrounds and age, I’ve captured the stories of the Women’s Aid Movement and the violence against women movement in Wales over the last 4 decades.

It has underlined my understanding that Welsh Women’s Aid are at the forefront of empowering survivors of domestic violence and abuse and aim to keep their voices at the core of the work they are doing.
I also turned 40 in 2018, and I’ve learnt so much about how Welsh Women’s Aid have pushed boundaries, created change and put policies in place for example with Welsh Government but also put the movement into perspective of what still needs to be addressed to make change and make a fear free world for women and children.

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The archive contains stories from Jane Hutt AM who was the first co-ordinator for Welsh Women’s Aid in 1978 to stories that were created at workshops with survivors of domestic abuse who felt confident to share their experiences with the project.
With interviews and workshop stories surpassing the big 40, we were able to bring in Lisa Heledd Jones and Iain Peebles of StoryWorks to edit the remainder of the digital stories. With their impeccable delivery we have made the deadline to finish the project just before time.

 

In 2018 the Forty Voices Forty Years exhibition toured the following venues: Galeri in Caernarfon, The Welfare Hall Ystradgynlais, Swansea University Library, The Faculty of Creative Industries at USW and The Cynon Valley Museum Aberdare. Visitors could listen to the digital stories I created and learn about the history of Welsh Women’s Aid.

A larger exhibition containing objects and digital stories will open on the 24th January 2019 at St Fagans National History Museum Wales until late February 2019.

The archive will be deposited at National Library Wales and uploaded to The People’s Collection Wales in early 2019.

Forty Voices, Forty Years is a heritage project led by Welsh Women’s Aid in collaboration with the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales.

We are grateful for the generous support of our funders enabling this project to go ahead, including Heritage Lottery Fund, the Big Lottery Fund’s National Lottery Awards for All and Hanfod Cymru.

 

 

 

Interviewing ‘the most dangerous man in Britain’ for Trouble Makers Festival

 

A typical ALARM! cover / Ian Bone and Ray Jones – 29th June 2017

 

Back in Spring 2017 I was asked to research, interview and create an oral history archive of Swansea’s anarchistic underground and counter culture from the late 1960s to the early 1980s for the Trouble Makers Festival held in and around High Street Swansea on 13-16 July 2017.

Working with Swansea Museum, we went to London to interview the notorious Ian Bone at his home. Ian Bone was the editor of ALARM! magazine, the anarchist underground newspaper that was published in Swansea throughout the 1970s which amongst other astonishing things brought Swansea to its knees and exposed corruption within its local council. Read all about it in his book ‘Bash The Rich: True Life Confessions of an Anarchist in the UK’. It’s a fantastic read.

                                           Ian Bone in 1968.  Riots on Mumbles Road

Through collecting objects and ephemera linked to ALARM! and then getting our hands on an immaculate complete set of ALARM! magazines (which is an education in itself, a complete set of ALARM!’s are held at West Glamorgan Archives) from a local man, this lead to an exhibition at Galerie Simpson where the opening night was graced by the good the bad and the punk of the local anarchist trouble making scene of the last 50 years.

As well as interviewing Ian Bone and provocateur and raconteur Ray Jones, I was fortunate to capture the story of Rose Davies who shares her involvement in Swansea’s political and class climate in the 1970s which includes attending the Women’s Liberation Group as a teenager and then setting up a women and family refuge in the Sketty area of Swansea in the early 1970’s.

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Rose Davies at her home in May 2017. She is holding up the photograph of her protesting about women’s rights & housing homeless families outside Swansea Council’s Housing Department in the early 1970s. The book is the infamous ‘Bash The Rich: True Life Confessions of an Anarchist in the UK’ by Ian Bone.

I then met with Melvyn Williams who recalls his teenage years as an activist in Swansea in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The oral history includes getting involved with an underground publication and its printing, Alarm! magazine and the political climate of 1970s & 1980s Swansea & beyond.

I’ll write a bit more detail soon. I’ve not had time to write recently.

The links to the oral histories are above in the Soundcloud page.

Enjoy, be astonished and laugh, some of the stories are some of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/man-once-described-most-dangerous-13185785