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Silence has Another Way of Telling, inherited foolscap file, 2017

The Conversation

11 November 2017 - 3 February 2018

Excluding 17 December - 9 January / Ar gau 17 Rhagfyr - 9 Ionawr

A buff foolscap folder is the starting point for The Conversation, a solo show by Holly Davey. Inherited by the artist, the folder contains fragments of a lifetime photographs, scraps of paper, postcards, a paper bag, an exhibition catalogue and other mementos. These clues have become the catalyst for over two years of research that has developed into this continuing body of work.

Daveys work accesses public and private collections to examine ideas of memory and place. By caching these objects we hope to form a sense of our selves, to create an impression of normality and staged familiarity that makes us feel complete. But on their own a collection of objects is an incomplete archive: in between are the gaps, the pauses. It is the silences that are the most revealing, where object and memory come together to form an imagined reality.

The foolscap folder itself is the gap or silence within this inherited archive. The remembered becomes the lived present, reality shifts and the hunt begins; using museum archives and Internet searches, time collapses to make the forgotten visible. As it unravels, there is no map, no point B, just a series of fragments that when placed together form a reimagined whole, an archive of a life.

Supported by Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Spit and Sawdust - A Second Tribute To JB
30 November 2017
Opens 1st December, 7 - 10pm (Performances from 8pm)
Exhibition runs 2.12.17 - 14.01.18

A Second Tribute To JB is an invitation from Spit & Sawdust to re-exhibit A Tribute to JB proposed by Jake Caleb and Helen Savage, and originally shown at The Free Shop, Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, June 2017.

Jake Caleb
Josh Crowle
Freya Dooley
Antonio de la Hera
Caitlin Merrett King
Owen Lacey
Kieran Milne
Hannah Reynolds
Nick Thomas
Helen Savage
Theo Vass

Everyone welcome!

On Sunday 3rd December, Jake Caleb will also lead a Walking Talking Drawing Tour around the local area, meeting at 2pm at Spit and Sawdust and returning at 3pm for mulled wine, mince pies and Sunday papers at our monthly Hangover Lounge. Email hello@spitandsawdust.co.uk to let us know you'd like to come and if you have any access requirements.
30 November 2017
2018 Y Lle Celf

At Y Lle Celf at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod, a large multi-media exhibition will be held. Online registration opens in January.

Applications are welcomed across all genres, whether fine art or applied art (including the moving image and performance art).

Artist Talk: John Stezaker

Wednesday 17 January, 6.30pm

G39 is pleased to welcome John Stezaker whose fascination into the lure of found images continues to be an influence on current practice. Taking classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations, adjusting, inverting and slicing to create unique new works of art, Stezaker explores the subversive force of found images.

Booking essential - see link below for details

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Talk: Matt Price - Anomie Publishing

Thursday 11 January, 6pm

Matt Price is an independent contemporary art publisher, editor and curator. With a background in art history and curating, he started as an editor for Hans Ulrich Obrist and has gone on to be Managing Editor of Flash Art International, Milan, Deputy Editor of ArtReview and Publications Manager at Serpentine Gallery.