We are pleased to announce that the second pair of resident artists have begun their month-long residencies at the forge at Gefail yr Ynys, Caernarfon. Pairing a local Gwynedd-based artist with someone from further afield the residencies involve skills exchange and an opportunity to work with local groups and communities.
Robin is a contemporary composer and multi-instrumentalist in Manchester-based band Dutch Uncles. He is interested in collaboration with other artists and immersing himself in a theme or a space to create new works. Many of his pieces are built on rhythmic, melodic and mathematical themes, and a chance to incorporate some of these into a space with sonic potential and historical prevalence like Gefail was what appealed to him to apply for the residency.
Robin says “After hearing about the artist in residence opportunity at Gefail yr Ynys and having worked in collaborations before with film makers and other musicians, the chance to work with different artists and community groups in a venue of such historical significance was very appealing. I am always looking for new projects to experiment with my compositional styles and this new venture is unlike anything I have done before.”
Mike is a mixed media sculptor based in Arfon, Gwynedd. As a sculptor he has worked with process and movement. During the residency he will be exploring different types of pre-film animation devices (including thaumatropes and zoetropes) and aims to realise some of these designs using recycled bike parts, metal and other media.
Mike says, ‘Gefail Yr Ynys has excited me from its original conception. I have closely followed the development of the building since moving up from Cardiff two years ago. Having graduated from Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2000 in Sculpture, I had a good foundation in metal – at the time the course was sponsored by Corus Steel. Through working at Gefail Yr Ynys, I am hoping to challenge and develop my skills further through the language of recycled metal and early animation’.
About Gefail yr Ynys
As part of the Stamp project, Gefail yr Ynys has been opened up as a community forge space with a wide range of other metalworking uses. In collaboration with local makers, artists and just the plain curious, the space offers opportunities to get involved which includes short-courses, artist in residences, talks and seminars and open access sessions.
STAMP is funded by the Ideas People Places initiative by Arts Council of Wales, Cyngor Gwynedd and Welsh government. For more information about the Ideas People Places fund please see:-
Addo is a not-for-profit arts company based in Wales. Specialising in curatorial project management and working collaboratively with artists, community groups, voluntary organisations, and private and public sectors partners to develop and deliver arts programmes. Addo will be working with arts professional Bethan Page to deliver the Gefail yr Ynys and Stamp programme.