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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

 

The Heritage of Orchards & Cider Making in Wales project

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Since April 2016 I’ve been building a digital archive for The Heritage of Orchards and Cider Making in Wales project, a 2-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and run by the Welsh Perry & Cider Society and The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at The University of south Wales.

By travelling the length and width of Wales, I’ve collected and edited oral histories and digital stories, through interviews recorded with cider and perry producers, community orchard groups, heritage organisations and individuals involved in orcharding and producing the very Welsh produce called cider and perry. Within this period I delivered many digital story workshops & Pop Up Story shops for community orchard groups at traditional folk events like Wassails all over Wales. In April 2017 I presented a paper on my work on the project at The Storytelling and Place Symposium held at The University of south Wales, Atrium.

I’m currently putting the final touches together for a touring mobile exhibition that will interpret the project as a whole. The exhibition will visit venues from May 2018 starting at The National Waterfront Museum Swansea and taking in National Trust properties at Erddig Hall, Wrexham & Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan, The Welsh Perry and Cider Festival 2018 at Caldicot Castle , The National Eisteddfod Genedlaethol 2018 in Cardiff & Hereford Cider Museum.

Find the digital story collection in the link below:
The Heritage of Orchards & Cider Making in Wales project

The collection will be in available in mid 2018 as a public resource via its own website, The People’s Collection Wales and St Fagans National History Museum.

Find out more about the project here:

https://www.welshcider.co.uk/heritage

http://storytelling.research.southwales.ac.uk/heritagecider/

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Below are some snaps I took on my journeys.

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Modernist Swansea: Harry Everington’s 1969 concrete sculptural mural is back to its original glory

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Guerrilla Restoration meets ABMU Health Board

It was fantastic to have had an email from the ABMU Health Board earlier this year.
Martin Thomas who leads the ABMU Heritage Team contacted me as he was researching what public art the health board owned.

Martin came across my Guerrilla Restoration work and the previous work I’d done in highlighting cleaning samples of Harry Everington’s 1969 abstract concrete sculptural mural over the last 5 years.

Taken from the ABMU Heritage blog, here’s what Martin said of the project:
“When we started this group we carried out a scoping exercise to see what historical artefacts the health board owned and this mural came up.
 
“When I did more research I found out about Catrin’s project and we thought it would be a good idea to help finish what she had started.
 
“We thought this would be a great opportunity for us to clean a very neglected sculpture.
 
“This is quite an important one, we own it, so we should look at after it and because it’s in the centre of Swansea I think we’ve got a responsibility to keep it clean.”
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Laden with buckets of hot soapy water the ABMU Heritage Team and I got scrubbing the mural back to its former glory. I am so happy and proud to see one of my favourite concrete murals back in the public eye.
Eager to witness the mural’s transformation was Judith Everington whose father Harry was an inspirational sculpture lecturer at Swansea Art College.
It was under his guidance that students from the college produced the mural which was put on the building’s exterior back in 1969.
Returning to Swansea for the first time in half a century she instantly recognised her late father’s influence on the sculpture.
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“I am delighted to be here to see this – the minute I saw this mural I thought of my dad. He was passionate about his work and he would have been very pleased to see this being restored to its former glory, I think this is a brilliant idea,”  said Judith, who had travelled from her home in Birmingham accompanied by her partner Kevin Reilly.
The mural set on the facade of Central Clinic, Orchard Street Swansea is on a very busy road. The mural is very large and with neglect, traffic fumes and the last few decades’ dis-taste for midcentury design, the mural fell into the background noise, dusty and ignored.
I’ve always loved this mural. Post war architecture especially in Britain has always been the focus of my output as an artist and has been a life long personal interest.
Alas mid century and brutalist are now the buzz words and height of fashion, hopefully this project will attract fans of midcentury and brutalist architecture to Swansea.
This is all positive as hopefully The 20th Century Society will catalogue the mural and make sure it is listed.
My work here is done.
Photos copyright of ABMU Health Board and Judith Everington.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/neglected-swansea-work-art-cleaned-12925793

http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/863/news/44823