Rhôd in Roath / Rhôd yn y Rhath 2018


RiR18_edited-1Melin Glonc 2009/10

Join Rhôd and this year’s Rhôd in Roath artists in front gardens along Cardiff’s Ninian Road this October as part of the madeinroath festival  2018.

Sat 20th Oct – Sun 21st Oct 2018

All day with guided tour each day at 2pm (meet @ no 18).

Front Garden Installations at numbers 18,19, 20, 28, 29, 30, 39, 47, 61 Ninian Road, Cardiff. CF23 5EF.

Artists: Owain Griffiths, gobscure, Lauren Heckler, Sara Rhoslyn Moore, Claire Louise Prosser, Clŵb Celf y Carnifal, RSPB Bioblitz, Jennifer Taylor, Single-handed Photographer.

Rhôd is an artist-run project based in rural west Wales. The enduring theme of Rhôd’s activity is the artistic dialogue between rural and urban environments and the ways in which artists can help to think about and interpret those differences and similarities.

Rhôd Artists Group undertakes curatorial projects, community led activities and commissions that reflect the interests of the group members.


Ymunwch â Rhôd ac artistiaid Rhôd yn y Rhâth a fydd yn arddangos mewn gerddi ffrynt ar hyd Heol Ninian, Caerdydd, fel rhan o weithgareddau gŵyl madeinroath 2018.

Sad Hydref 20fed – Sul Hydref 21ain 2019

Trwy’r dydd gyda thaith tywys am 2.00 bob dydd (yn cychwyn o ardd rhif 18)

Bydd gosodiadau yn rhif 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 30, 39, 47, 61 Heol Ninian, Caerdydd. CF23 5EF.

Artistiaid : Owain Griffiths, gobscure, Lauren Heckler, Sara Rhoslyn Moore, Claire Louise Prosser, Clwb Celf y Carnifal, RSPB Bioblitz, Jennifer Taylor, Ffotograffydd Un Llaw

 Mae Rhôd yn brosiect celf a arweinir gan artistiaid wedi ei leoli yng nghefn gwlad gorllewin Cymru. Thema graidd Rhôd yw’r berthynas rhwng amgylcheddoedd dinesig a gwledig a’r ffyrdd y gall artistiaid lywio’r trafod am yr hyn sydd yn debyg rhyngddynt a’r gwahaniaethau.

Mae Grŵp Artistiaid Rhôd yn ymgymeryd â phrosiectau curadurol; gweithgareddau celf cymunedol a chomisiynau sydd yn adlewyrchu diddordebau aelodau’r grŵp.



Artists // Artistiaid 2018:

Garden no: 18



we make a lot of visualpoems combining words (sometimes written by ourselves / sometimes found) and images. here are two created in cardiff when we performed alongside gwyneth lewis and celf o gwmpas as part of psychologists against austerity fringe, january 2018 c.e. they combine the natural and the urban, visual and textual, politics and poetics. enjoy!  gobscure, autumn 2018 c.e.

our last solo exhibition was is that a bruise or a tattoo? alma zevi gallery, venice, italy, spring 2018 c.e.


Garden no: 19

Sara Rhoslyn Moore


Sara Rhoslyn Moore is a visual artist and writer from Bethesda. She graduated in 2015 from Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen with a M.A. in Fine Art and is winner of the David Tinker Award 2014 from the Contemporary Art Society of Wales and one of three winners of the Ifor Davies Award 2018. Sara’s interests lie in Welsh culture and identity particularly the future of the Welsh Language.

Mae Sara Rhoslyn Moore yn arlynydd ac ysgrifennwr o Bethesda. Graddiodd yn 2015 gyda M.A. mewn Celf Gain o Prifysgol Y Drindod Dewi Sant ac enillodd Gwobr David Tinker gan Cymdeithas Celf Cyfoes Cymru, 2014 ac enillodd Gwobr Ifor Davies (un o dri) yn Eisteddfod 2018. Mae diddordeb Sara yn dywilliant ac hunaniaeth Cymru yn enwedig dyfodol yr iaith Cymraeg.

The road from rural to urban and vice versa.

Having traveled by train (which was ridiculously expensive) for four and a half hours to attend Rhôd in Roath 2018, and having to consider traveling when creating the idea for this art installation, it has become more so obvious of the need for a better, simpler routeto and from urban Wales and Rural Wales.

The issue of traveling time and cost restricts us from face to face interaction and experiencing our differences, that would enable us to discover our similarities and strengthen communication amongst the people of Wales.

What would be the implications of a new and simpler route for the wildlife?

Will this instillation still be intact in the morning, or will the wildlife in Roath make their mark and remind us of their presence and home?


Garden no 20:

Jennifer Taylor

J Taylor_Lupercalia Performance_Rome

Jennifer Taylor works with film, sculpture and live performance to enact absurd ceremonial rituals that relate to ancient myths or surreal imagined narratives. Neolithic burial chambers and abandoned towers in Wales become found stage sets for her films and she fabricates new versions of these structures within galleries and public spaces, creating fluorescent stone circles, glowing caves and reflective pyramids. Using the make-believe aesthetics of prop-making and carnival, Taylor merges ideas about a mystical past with fantasies of a sci-fi future, presenting us with an ambiguous fusion of abstracted realities.

Taylor was the Creative-Wales Fellow at the British School at Rome last year. She completed her MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art and her BA at the Ruskin School, University of Oxford (First Class Honours). She has exhibited and staged performance events at A Gentil Carioca and Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, Oxford University Press and Modern Art Oxford, and The Wapping Project, The ICA and Artsadmin in London.


Image title: Lupercalia: Live Performance at the British School at Rome 2017.

Garden no 28

RhAG – Clwb Celf Carnifal

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In this garden there is a trace of a regular project Roger Lougher and Mari Beynon Owen have been organising in Drefach Felindre, Carmarthenshire.  As part of RhAG’s (Rhôd Artists Group) community engagement in the area they have organised a carnival art club for the past 4 years. Children made dragon masks to wear in the village carnival procession and carried speech bubbles with their favourite Welsh words/phrases. There will be some spare speech bubbles available on Saturday and Sunday for anyone wishing to extend the work.

Yn yr ardd hon, mae olion prosiect y mae Roger Lougher a Mari Beynon Owen wedi bod yn rhan ohono yn Nhrefach Felindre, Sir Gaerfyrddin.  Dros y pedair blynedd diwethaf , maent wedi rhedeg Clwb Celf y Carnifal fel rhan o ymrwymiad RhAG (Rhôd Artists Group) i’r gymuned. Creodd y plant fasgiau draig ar gyfer gorymdaith y carnifal a swigod geiriau yn cyfleu eu hoff eiriau ac ymadroddion yn Gymraeg. Os hoffech chi gyfrannu eich hoff air i’r gwaith, bydd swigod ar gael dydd Sadwrn a Sul.


Garden no 29:

RSPB Big Garden Bioblitz


Join RSPB Cymru for a Big Garden Bioblitz on Ninian Road. Using bug pots, magnifying glasses and spotter sheets we’ll be encouraging children and families to hunt for as much wildlife as possible in and around the gardens of Ninian Road, from bugs to plants and trees. We’ll help children to identify and learn a bit more about what they find then count up all of the species they discovered and add their name and score to our Big Garden Bioblitz Leader Board. The child with the highest score at the end of the event will receive a wildlife prize.

This is a FREE family event, suitable for all ages. Drop in anytime 20 & 21 October between 10 am – 4 pm.

Garden no: 30

Claire Prosser

CP Leaf Reading between land and elsewhere

between land and elsewhere

“My work observes patterns, cycles, repetition, order and disorder of our everyday life. Cause and consequence, chance happenings and incidental, fleeting moments are some of the things I like to capture.

For Rhôd in Roath, I present a sculptural installation which hopes to consciously observe the destination points of falling leaves. Once captured, the positioning of the leaves within the bowl installation will determine the meanings that we read from them. The installation is closely linked to the ancient art form of Tasseography, the practice of tea leaf reading. This Chinese ritual reads residual patterns of tea leaves left in a cup after drinking and interprets these patterns as fortunes or predictions of one’s life. Though the leaves falling to the land show tangible evidence of seasonal change, I am interested in human rituals around meaning making that transform a momentary happening into something intangible, spiritual and sublime.”


Garden no: 39

The Single Handed Photographer


“Who knows what I’ll be obsessing over by the time October comes round. That’s autism for you. Sometimes I get really into spiders’ hairy legs, or tiny flowers or lingering droplets of water on leaves and spider webs. Recently I’ve mainly been taking pictures of the amazing variety of fungi that have appeared in my garden this year, using an iPhone and a cheap little macro lens. The results are kind of shite and kind of fascinating at the same time. I see things nobody else bothers to look for. I make the invisible visible just by looking for it.

There’s nothing sophisticated or skilful about this, anyone can do it. Just grab your phone, buy a macro lens for it and start seeing the world in a very different way.

Most people say they are doing something ‘single-handed’ when they just mean on their own, I mean it literally. I don’t yet know what I’ll find in the undergrowth of my allocated garden in Roath but I’m excited to find out.”

https://www.instagram.com/bluehook/   #shitty_little_macro_lens

Garden no: 47

Lauren Heckler


Lauren’s work is a coalescence of lens-based, sculpture and performance mediums, currently exploring the connection between our lived experience and the space we inhabit.

Lauren’s artistic process takes site as the starting point for exploration; whether this be a front garden, gallery space, or the broader context of a city. She is interested in the multiplicity of our existence and the mesh that connects the various lines that run along side each other, and across time. Collaboration and conversation with individuals from a variety of industries and expertise, is key to her process. Lauren has an ongoing collaborative project with artist Sophie Lindsey. Together, as Site Sit, they create artworks as a partnership and initiate projects that invite other artists and groups to engage with the place.
Lauren received a BA in Fine Art: Critical Practice from UoB and has since exhibited globally and nationally. Recent exhibitions include Elysium Gallery, Swansea (2017), Bread and Jam, London (2016) and Din Konst, Storgatan 19, Tranås, Sweden (2014). She has also had artist residencies at Elysium Gallery, Swansea (2017), Kultivera, Sweden (2016) and Castell Coch, Cardiff (2015). In 2018 she was selected to attend Jaipur Photo Festival alongside Ffotogallery.

Garden no: 61

Owain Griffths


Artist sain, cerddor a gwneuthurwr sŵn sy’n byw yng Nghaerdydd yw Owain Griffths.

Ar gyfer Rhôd yn y Rhath mae Owain wedi creu telyn wynt o beipen ddŵr PVC.

Yn dilyn gosodiad telyn wynt yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol 2018, mae Owain yn archwilio gwahanol ddulliau o greu sŵn heb ymyrraeth ddynol, drwy arbrofi gyda dyluniadau bach eu heffaith a deunyddiau sympathetig.

Ar gyfer y gosodiad hwn, gobeithio, bydd y gwynt yn canu’r delyn.

Owain Griffiths is a sound artist, musician and noise maker based in Cardiff.

For Rhod in Roath Owain has made an experimental wind harp from a PVC downpipe.

Following on from a previous wind harp installation at the National Eisteddfod 2018, Owain is exploring different methods of making noise without human intervention, and experimenting with low-impact designs and sympathetic materials.

For this installation, hopefully, the wind will play the harp.


A huge thank you to Lucy and Matt, Dorcas Pennyfather , Chris Sutherland, Sue Willams, Bee and Roland, Kirsty Foster, Gill Bowker, Peter Knight, Rosie Cadwaladrevans and the Mellor family who have kindly provided front gardens for the show. The event would be impossible without their enthusiastic co-operation.