Home and Hinterland Blog

All my Home and Hinterland blogs on one handy page

Home and Hinterland is a community arts project I started working on in November 2021 and I’ll be working here until March 1st. Based in Waun Wen, I’m using art to explore the lack of representation of working class people in culture and media. We’re demonised by the right and fetishised by the left, turned into a monster of stereotypes by the UK bourgeoisie and largely excluded by and from the Arts.

Shadows On The Steps

Here’s another little sketch from my regular Sunday walks around the Waun Wen area of the city. There’s a lovely little set of old stone steps at the end of a picturesque terrace, unfortunately sometimes used by miscreants. We stopped for a while and I had a scribble. The bright, low winter sunshine stretched our […]

Blue Prints In The Park

I spent a happy afternoon in Waun Wen today, making sunprints (cyanotypes) with plants in the park. Thanks to the lovely people who came along and joined in. The weather was grim earlier but the sun came out just as we started. The blue colour on the prints will deepen over a couple of days. […]

The Woodland Walk

Walking around the Waun Wen area of the city with my little sketchbook, I’ve found a few places I didn’t know before, even though I’ve known this area all my life. At the top of the new-ish Cwmfelin housing estate, on the site of the old tin-plate works, is a pleasant woodland walk, quiet, with […]

Street Metal!

I love street metal. I’ve really got a thing about manhole, stopcock and drain covers. I walk around the streets looking down and cooing when I spot a particularly fine example. People look at me funny. They’re fascinating – they’re portals to a world of water buried beneath our feet. Here are some from Waun […]

Wonkiness On The Street

Last Sunday was my ninth walk through the Waun Wen area of the city, sketching as I go. I spend an hour just focussing on what I see and sketching. Sometimes the scribbles are just a few minutes, sometimes a view needs longer to be looked at and analysed before I start to draw. This […]

What’s In A Name? Ghosts Of The Past.

What’s in a name? That’s the beginning of a quote by William Shakespeare. It’s a question I’ve thought a lot about in recent weeks as I’ve been working on a community arts project in the Waun Wen area of the city. It’s an area that’s gone through a lot of changes over the past 3 […]


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