Creative work on display in Blaenau Ffestiniog

Date: 14/08/2018

ChrisClunn 2. Beirdd-y-Banc- Bwyd-Food-Bank-Poets

Two exhibitions are currently on view at the gallery in Blaenau Ffestiniog Library.

On show is work by the talented photographer, Chris Clunn which is a collection of photographs named ‘Meirionnydd – Farming the Old Kingdom’. These are portraits of people who live and work on the hill farms of Meirionnydd, and provide an interesting insight into the farming world of rural Wales.

During his career Chris Clunn has won praise for his work in capturing and chronicling elements within communities. Amongst his many projects he has published books on farming in Meirionnydd, Smithfield Market and ‘Eels Pie and Mash’, which is a study on eating places in London and was sold out within months of its release.

Also on show is the ‘Food Bank Poets’ exhibition. The poet and author Sian Northey has recently been the Resident Poet at the Blaenau Ffestiniog food bank. Along with volunteering there, she has written about her experience and has held a series of creative writing workshops with pupils from three local schools - Ysgol y Moelwyn, Ysgol Manod and Ysgol Hedd Wyn.

The pupils also got the opportunity to work with visual artist Mari Gwent from Llanuwchllyn, to create art work in the exhibition which incorporates extracts from their poems.

Mari Gwent said: “The children were very happy to combine art with words or sentences from their poems, and created striking results that reflect their views of the food bank.”

The project was funded by Denbigh, Flint and Meirion Baptists and organised by Y Dref Werdd, with the aim of raising awareness of the work done by the local food bank.

Both exhibitions can be seen in Canolfan Maenofferen Centre, Blaenau Ffestiniog Library until 15 September.

The library is open Monday 10am-1pm/ 2pm-6pm; Tuesday 2pm-5pm; Wednesday 2pm-6.30pm; Friday 2pm-6pm; Saturday 10am-12.30pm.

Photographs:

1 - William Jones, Plas y Brithdir by Chris Clunn

2 - Part of the ‘Food Bank Poets’ exhibition.