CURATOR : Beth Pritchard
Rhôd in Roath/ Rhôd yn y Rhath is an exhibition which takes place, annually, in ten residential gardens in Ninian Road, Cardiff.
This event is an opportunity for artists to exhibit and the public to experience contemporary art outside of the gallery environment.
I am delighted to be involved in the eighth year of made in roath’s highly regarded festival.
The five artists are all based in west Wales. In this alignment, artists have produced works in response to themes of Hiraeth, the Welsh language, belonging, refuge and identity.
In these site specific works, the concepts are presented through a variety of mediums.
Hywel Edwards’ (18) installation presents eight lines taken from lyrics by Ryan Davies and covered by north Wales band ‘Plant Duw’.
Rowan O’Neill (39) uses 12th century Welsh language and ideas in a contemporary setting.
Vivien McCarthy and Lucy Donn’s (20) collaboration of photography and Arte Povera (the use of domestic materials) explores the current refugee crisis.
Daniel Trivedy (19) also explores the refugee crisis through his installation of bird houses. Trivedy, McCarthy and Donn have visited the refugee camps at Calais, their work is a reflection of their experiences and the people they have encountered living at the camps.
Naomi Heath (61) has explored identity through poetry and by documenting her collaboration with nature.
made in roath offers the Rhôd Artists Group a wonderful opportunity to celebrate contemporary artists and work produced in west Wales in the Welsh capital.
Beth Pritchard, October 2015