Manier Noir in Ynyshir

27 Mar

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I spent the day at the fabulous Workers Gallery and Workshop in Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley. I did a one-day drawing residency, working on a manier noir drawing based on photographs I took of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial in the snow a couple of years ago. A lot of people came in to see what I was doing and find out more about the technique and my work. I had a lot of very interesting conversations throughout the day and I started and finished an A2 size drawing.

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The Valleys has a difficult reputation in the media, but I find people interested and engaged, maybe because there is so little investment and so few services, people seem genuinely keen on seeing what’s going on in the new gallery. I think the media image these towns have is nothing more than blatant class prejudice in my opinion. It’s easy to pick on working class communities who don’t have control over media output. I am really happy with the drawing and the discussions and feedback I had throughout the day, and grateful for the opportunity given by the gallery artists, Gayle Rogers and Chris Williams.

2 Responses to “Manier Noir in Ynyshir”

  1. Leonie Andrews March 28, 2015 at 02:41 #

    thanks for once again for showing the genesis of your drawing. Is this conte or charcoal for the base?
    Quite by coincidence i was listening to an arts podcast from BBC Wales the other day and all three artists interviewed referenced the influence of working in the Rhondda valley.
    Regards Leonie

    • Rosie Scribblah March 28, 2015 at 08:23 #

      Thanks Leonie. I used compressed charcoal over two coats of acrylic gesso onto Fabriano Accademica 240gsm paper and fine wire wool and fine grade aluminium oxide paper to draw with. I’ll have to chase up that podcast.

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