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Leona Jones R&D Residency open studio

Saturday November 16th – 12:00 – 18:00

To mark the end of Leona Jones week long R&D residency, Leona will have an open studio day, sharing the immersive multi-speaker audio installation she has been developing at Shift

Sunlight and Dirt
To mark the end of Richard Bowers project, Sunlight and Dirt, first developed and shown at Shift, now on display in the Tactile Bosch Lounge in the Capitol shopping Centre as part of the Under The Counter Culture festival, Richard has programmed a series of live sound performances featuring;

Richard Bowers
Ian Watson
Leona Jones
Jon Ruddick

Richard Bowers, Sunlight and Dirt performances at the Tactile Bosch Lounge (Sull, next door to Rug gallery) Capitol Centre Cardiff Tuesday 19th November 18:00 - 20:00

                     Arts Council of Wales


In His Heels: Johana Hartwig, Sianed Jones, Jon Ratigan.

In His Heels

20/11/19 - 23/11/19

Audio-visual work by three South Wales based artists exploring recently discovered personal family
histories connected with voice/song. 

The artists’ have all (re)connected with a family member, living, dead, met and not met through an inquiry that started from a stumbled upon object, family heirloom or conversation. With this work the artists both archive and bring to the present the details of significant family events, routine activities and synchronicities across the generations, deepening personal connections and family relationships and drawing attention to their own sense of mortality and identity.

Johana Hartwig

After my Grandmother died we found some old 78 records in her house, including a recording by my Great Grandfather, a Cantor (singer/leader in religious song and prayer) from Czechoslovakia. One song stood out. Google translated the song title from Hebrew as ‘In His Heels. After squashing this big voice into a digital file, it felt as though it should be expanded again into a physical space and shared. That same year I found out I had a cousin, Sion, living only a couple of miles away. Sion agreed to respond to the recording using our voices and acoustic instruments that we could both play to some degree or other. The people who contributed to this track – Leon, Si, Adam, Thomas are part of the story too, a continuation. In the making there were found fallen sticks in place of misplaced brushes, shared parallel histories and a friend that turned up at the right time to help make this.

Sianed Jones

It all started with a discovery of a handbag containing pencil written letters from Sianed’s great aunt Dilys writing to her brothers in the trenches of WW1; a correspondence with a mystery Mr J.R.Owen from Machynlleth; a gift of a Swyn, a charm of protection; a story of Sianed’s grandfather and great Uncle as young lads, walking from village to village around Devils Bridge carrying a harp on their backs; a series of live video/sonic/visual improvisations rooted in the healing powers of a circle. Cân Elenydd weaves all these stories and improvisations together. A collaboration between composer Sianed Jones, video/sound artist Jacob Whittaker, abstract landscape artist Mary Lloyd Jones and live artist Maria Hayes.  www.

Jon Ratigan 

17m:19s:00f is a video piece I made during a period of research on the duration, beginnings, ends and mid points of events. The film’s split-screen form depicts the duration of my late father’s life, with each frame of video, projected at 25fps, representing a single day of his 72 years; on one side, aided by 2 time-codes, we see life progressing and on the
other, we see it running out. The seemingly abstract colour cycle on screen is actually made of extreme close-ups of his handed-down photographic darkroom equipment and on the sound track we hear his home-made photo-processing timing tape, as well as a little singing. The objects are arranged according to the way in which the Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro used colour to represent different periods of a life- birth, education, maturity etc, in the film The Last Emperor.

Wednesday 20th November 18:00 – 22:00 exhibition opening event

Thursday 21st November – 12:00 – 18:00  Exhibition open to public 
      19:00 – 22:00 - Reconfiguration of artists work within the space

Friday 22nd November – 19:00 – 21:00 Claire Vaughn in conversation with the artists 

Saturday 23rd November 12:00 – 18:00 – Exhibition open to public




When two different threads of practice are Interwoven, something new is created. 

Annie Fenton and Heledd C. Evans come together and collaborate to create a new installation, exploring how audio and visual work can exist simultaneously, transforming spaces and shaping experiences. 

This new work explores the similarities between the two Artist’s practices and reflects their desires to create experiences in which their audiences can be part of. Through a series of events accompanying this piece, visitors are invited to come and engage with the work and observe how it changes over the course of the collaboration.

Annie Fenton

I am a recently graduated Cardiff-based Artist and am a current resident of INC space at CSAD. Through my work, I explore natural movements and structures in cloth and aim to create experiences that enhance our relationships with the material and space. Through site-specific installations, I examine the conflicts of domestic associations and want to draw attention to the moments where textiles meet other spaces. Interaction is at the heart of my work, and when audience engagement occurs, my work takes on another, deeper dimension.

Heledd C. Evans

I am a Cardiff-based Artist working with sound as my medium. Sound plays a huge part in our daily experience of the world yet it often drifts into the back of our minds, forgotten and unnoticed. I am interested in how we experience sound and the different aspects of it. Sound is incredibly physical – in its simplest form and its vibrations. Sound is palpable – you feel sound with your body, it inhabits our spaces and environments, and can instil a physical response in you. Yet sound is also incredibly bodiless and elusive. It has no physical or permanent form and you cannot grasp it in your hands. However, it can bring back distant memories, make you feel a full spectrum of emotions and can completely alter how we perceive spaces. I explore these themes within my practice, using a combination of found sounds, drone tones and recordings from my violin to create sonic diversions that change how we interact with our environments and hopefully, change how we think about sound.


Saturday 30th November – Opening event from 18:00 – 22:00 
Sunday 1st December – Artist in conversation with Claire Vaughn 15:00 – 17:00
Monday 2nd December – Closing event 18:00 – 22:00


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