g39 is an artist-run gallery and creative community for the visual arts in Wales, a bridge between artists and audiences. At the heart of g39’s activities is its relationship with artists. From exhibition to work placements to informal gatherings, initiating peer introductions or realising the most ambitious of solo exhibitions – across this spectrum of relationships our aim is to encourage and enable every person whose ambition it is to pursue a visual art practice.


3 - 27 March 2021

Kelly Best, Jennifer Taylor,
Ian Watson, Fern Thomas.

The studio.
Time in the studio.
I need more time in the studio.
I need to make work.
I’m in work.
I need to make it work.
My work is the work.

Sometimes the line between the gallery and the studio is fixed. Some venues still operate as though a preview is the equivalent of curtain-up on the first night of a stage performance. The gallery is cleaned and swept and re-touched and smells of paint. The stage is set and everything is just-so. It is the big reveal.

All of the rehearsals have been pointing toward this moment. Practices, tests and decisions. A paring back of that which is unnecessary, of the things that might be the wrong kind of confusing. Negotiations, compromises, changes in direction and limitations of budget, of space, of time bring to the stage whatever it is that has been made. By this point it should have its own curatorial narrative, or anecdote. It should make sense. It must be coherent.

But what do we do if there is no show but just the rehearsal? What if the show is always postponed? What of the proposal that never gets commissioned? What if there is no audience, or the work doesn’t work? What about those directions changed, those dead ends where things got stuck facing the wall? What of those things that happened along the way? Ideas that grew old, or too complex or fell flat or popped like balloons.

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Request Stop

11 December 2020 - 1 March 2021

Intermission - Sarah Jenkins

Request Stop takes a meandering walk around the small rural village of Ferryside in South West Wales, to the train station. The film considers the ways in which the railway has shaped the community, exploring its changing social landscape from a once bustling seaside resort, to a quiet village where trains only stop on request.

A blend of local history, folktale, and hearsay, stories of the village, past and present, are told through conversation with local women. From childhood memories, to musings on the afterlife, the film builds a picture of the small close-knit community that is personal, anecdotal and completely unreliable.

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Madam Kamboulé
Adéọlá Dewis

18 December 2020 - 1 March 2021

Intermission - Adéọlá Dewis

Madam Kamboulé plays with embodying the mas’ energy of Trinidad’s Traditional Carnival character: ‘The Midnight Robber’. Madam Kamboulé is a work in progress, paying homage to the oral historians of Carnival tradition. This work addresses residues of my own insecurity in relation to how I perform, paint and write – finding the opportunity to play with, explore and remember my voice in my writing, through spoken word and performance.

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The Value of Housework

27 November 2020 - 1 March 2021

Intermission - Nasima Begum

Nasima Begum, working with a selection of women from Aurora Trinity Collective, has made a short film which will be released in two parts. The film opens up thoughts and feelings in relation to housework and exploring the value and worth of housework from women’s stories and experiences. The project creates a safe space to share feelings and thoughts at a time when isolating has brought our relationships with ‘home’ into focus.

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Intermission 2020

31 October 2020 - 1 March 2021

Adeola Dewis - Aled Simons - Aurora & Nasima Begum
mwnwgl - Rabab Ghazoul - Radha Patel - Sarah Jenkins

Intermission is a series of newly commissioned artworks that engage with people and places outside of the gallery walls. Artists from across wales will develop new works using conversation and research, writing and filmmaking, online-space and local neighbourhoods as starting points. Selected from an open call we are pleased to support these artists to create new work.

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g39 Fellowship THREE

1 January 2021 - 31 December 2022

Rebecca Jagoe, Aled Simons,
Alice Briggs, Philippa Brown
and Tom Cardew.

g39 are pleased to announce the third group of the g39 Fellowship programme 2021-22.

Following an open call and selection process we are happy to welcome Rebecca Jagoe (Trellech, Monmouth), Aled Simons (Swansea), Alice Briggs (Aberystwyth), Philippa Brown (Cardiff) and Tom Cardew (Brecon).

The artists will take part in a structured programme of studio practice and self-directed research at g39 over a period of two years with financial support. The programme is unique in Wales and complements the ongoing support g39 offers artists in Wales.

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Paid Internship

g39 is seeking to appoint an Intern to facilitate the delivery of Jerwood UNITe 2021, to join our team during a busy and exciting period in our 2021 programme of activity.

Pay: £17,290 FTE (0.6 = £10,374) based on Real Living Wage. Deadline for applications: Tuesday 9th March 2021, 11.59pm

You will be in the early stages of developing a career in the visual arts sector. As the Jerwood UNITe Intern you will gain training, experience and insight to the creative and operational processes involved in running an arts organisation and residency programme. This will equip you with skills, knowledge and connections that can support your career ambitions beyond the internship.

2020 Roundup

So it's time to write a fun, festive round up on the past year reflecting on our organisation and our programmes.

Things didn’t exactly go to plan.

To say that the past year has been strange is something of an understatement. It’s been difficult at times and it will be a long time before we really get to grips with what has happened.

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warp Library

When we're open again (!) the warp Library is open, a de-instututional resource for all. The collection mainly houses artist books, arts-related reference books, zines and pamphlets. These span from the socio-political to the experimental, from 60s avant-garde retrospectives to contemporary exhibition publications; and hopefully everything in between. This in an ever-developing, growing collection.

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