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.
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.
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.
‘‘when a person goes missing, they leave a small space – no bigger than twice the size of themselves – for everyone to gather and grieve inside’’
Radha Patel is a writer and artist whose work intersects across colonialism, nature, religion and the future. Following on from her text ‘notes from aarti’s diary’, which she developed during her time on g39’s UNITe programme (2019), she will tell the story of a young woman who goes to space to look for her missing sister…after an electrical fault caused her to become trapped inside a space vessel, sending her to live on the Planet Kelvin.
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.
First things first, we want to say a huge thankyou to the community of artists, audiences, volunteers, galleries, funders, friends, and our families for their understanding, their patience, and their support over the past year.
We’re always working to support those who are pursuing, or would like to pursue a career in contemporary art. But we’re part of an enormous community and without your support we wouldn’t be able to do any of the work that we do. So - thankyou!
g39 is pleased to be able to offer support to five artists on the UNITe 2021 programme.
Details: A nine-week residency programme
Eligibility: Early-career visual artists working in any media
Closing date: 06/01/21
Each artist will receive: A fee of £1,750.00
Artists are also offered:
Accommodation and travel costs for artists based over 90 minutes away from Cardiff by car. Costs towards any specific access requirements
UNITe is a nine-week artist studio residency programme based at g39 for artistic development, experimentation, research, creative discussions, and more. In 2021 we are pleased to present Jerwood UNITe in collaboration with Jerwood Arts.
At least two of the places will be offered to an artist from a Black, Asian or ethnically diverse background. We have adopted a policy of Positive Action to ensure g39’s opportunities benefit people who may have been excluded or discriminated against or who otherwise face the consequences of past or present discrimination or disadvantage.
UNITe Application pack ENGLISH
UNITe Application pack ENGLISH
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.
Really pleased to be hosting SURVEY II in 2021, and to be working with @jerwoodarts and @sitegallery again. A great line up of artists from Wales, Angharad Williams, Tako Taal and our own Cinzia Mutigli alongside brilliant artists Saelia Aparicio, Tereza Červeňová, Sadé Mica, Rebecca Moss, Katarzyna Perlak, Shenece Oretha and Nicolaas Van de Lande.
Image: Tako Taal, Residue, 2018. Grand Union Birmingham: photo - Patrick Dandy