Friday, 15 March 2013

Re Frame Opening Night!

Last night saw the opening of the Pontypool 'Re Frame Exhibition, where students, members of the community and staff all came along to see what great work has been going on within the town. The exhibition composed of 7 locations which all gave a unique feel to the work and town. 

Huge thank you too everyone who made this happen. From the students who prepped spaces too Matt Simmons for his great work getting the exhibition ready and looking great. Thanks are also in order to Peter Bobby and Matt White, lecturers at University of Wales Newport whose time, patience and knowledge has been second to none when its come to supporting students and creating both a create experience and environment to work in.

Oliver Norcott and Kim Sanders got prizes for their amount of time and effort put into this community project, congratulations! 

Tuesday, 5 March 2013


For those of you wanting to get to the exhibition but have no means of travel (or money) there will be a free bus travelling to Pontypool at 4:30pm at Caerleon Campus on Thursday 14th March!
There is a sign up sheet for those wanting to travel by bus on J floor at Caerleon Campus, outside room J20! Get your name on the list quick! 

The coach will leave  Pontypool for Caerleon at 11:00pm so thats plenty of time to see work, have a drink and meet the students whose work is on show!

Hope to see you all there

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Pontypool Publication

As well as the exhibition, students and tutors have been hard at work to create this free publication. Copies will go out on the 13th through the free press of Pontypool. So if you live locally expect a photographic treat through your letter box!

And don't forget to come to the exhibition, where you will be able to pick up a free copy along with seeing great work, drink and company.

PontyPool Hoarding

Congratulations are in order to the student photography Jake Gardiner who has
been chosen to have his work erected as a hoarding within Pontypool. Gardiner has also been shortlisted for the Boutgraphies Festival in Monpelier.


Jake Gardiner (Current 2nd Year)
Welsh Slag
This project aims to look at how stunning images can be found in the most unassuming places. Within the Pontypool constituency is the ‘Big Pit’ world heritage sight, which stands as a monument to the influences the area had during the industrial revolution. Searching for beauty in what was left behind from this golden era, the artist studied samples of slag through a microscope. The artist discovered that what may seem like waste to the naked eye – when you dig deeper – can be incredibly beautiful.


After a few months of 2nd year Photo Art students getting involved with the community, from the market stalls to the streets, we've reached the time to showcase the work in Pontypool. The private viewing for the  exhibition will take place on Thursday 14th March, 5:00pm to 8:00pm and will run until the 21st 10am-4pm daily.

The exhibitions will take place in various locations, from the Market stalls, Crane Street, Commercial Street and George Street. All of the photographers and Artists will be present to talk about their work and greet the public, as we celebrate whats been a creative and enjoyable past few months. 

As well as the exhibition, there is a publication designed by Oliver Norcott which will be launched within the free press on the 13th March, copies will also be available at the exhibition.

We look forward too seeing you all there! Below is a taster of some of the work that has been going on.

Katie Lionheart

Elizabeth Hewson

Stephanie Franklin

Rosie Blatchford

Roxanne Wilson

Friday, 4 January 2013

Linear Substrata - James Bristow

Linear Substrata - James Bristow
Linear Substrata is an exploration of the foundations of the small Welsh town, Pontypool.
Historically layers build up over time and the once gone history becomes sealed and forgotten. In the town of Pontypool there is a distinct layer beneath the town itself, several basements, cellars and ostensibly some concealed streets lay beneath the current town. Mostly dating back to the early 1800s, these areas now lay defunct, with many of the habitants of Pontypool unaware of this concealed layer.
The aim of the project is to expose these hidden layers of the town and illustrate to the people of Pontypool the hidden layers they walk over day by day. 

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Welsh Slag - Jake Gardiner

Jake Gardiner has been photographing local industrial materials from the Pontypool area. Using a scientific approach he has documented Welsh slag heaps and rocks that once fuelled the factories of Pontypool to create these inciting and beautiful photographs.