Tag Archives: Notsogreatdictator Smith

Herstory, Heroines and Swansea Satire

21 Jun

Bog Art and MWGA launch: Cinema & Co, Swansea, Tuesday July 9th from 18.30 – 20.30 with art, literature, short films, a pop-up kitchen and FREE CAKE! Please come along.

Rosie Scribblah and Patti McJones (aka The Revolting Women) are officially launching Bog Art alongside the launch of the satirical book “Making Wales Great Again” (M.W.G.A.) by Swansea author “Notsogreatdictator “.

 

valentine cake 1

What is Bog Art?

If you want people as in “The People” to see art where’s the best place to put it? Art galleries are where art lives but not everyone see themselves as the sort of person who goes to art galleries which is why lots of people don’t go to art galleries, but everyone has to use the toilet!  So we thought why not let “The People” take in some culture as they take a seat in Cinema & Co.  We put artwork on the walls in the toilet in case you’re not very clear on exactly what we did.  All the work features women artists and heroines and is by me and Patricia McKenna Jones. We are both very interested in the role of women in history and art and take great pains to bring their often-forgotten contributions to light again.  Not just because they are women but also because their work and lives are uniquely inspiring and show a depth of commitment and skill that needs to be seen and recognised.

Herstory

 

My work is a set of silk screen prints of my favourite artists including Kathe Kollwitz. I’ve loved her work for many years and I think she’s one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. I defy anyone to go around the Kathe Kollwitz gallery in Berlin and not cry – her work is profoundly moving. She suffered the tragedy of losing her son in World War 1 and her grandson in WW2 and her war memorial, ‘The Grieving Parents’ in the Vladsio German War Cemetery is imbued with a terrible sadness and hopelessness.

Heroines

Patti’s paintings are about women who fought to defeat fascism during WWII.  One is Noor Inayat Khan (1914-1944) a half Russian, half Indian Muslim woman who signed up to the Special Operations Executive (a secret army with the aim of helping resist Hitler):  She helped foil enemy operations in occupied France but was eventually captured and shot at Dachau after proving her worth many times over.

 

noor-2nd-ww2

M.W.G.A.

Swansea author Notsogreatdictator  (not his real name) is also launching his new book of satirical snippets based on the weirder and dafter aspects of life in Wales and especially Swansea. Copies will be available for sale and he’ll be there to sign them.

 

MWGA

Food, Drink and Cake

There will be a pop-up kitchen from Goggi (including vegan food), the excellently stocked Cinema & Co bar and FREE CAKE made by Patti, Notsogreatdictator and me.

Here’s How It Goes

Here’s the itinerary for the evening, we would love to see you there –

18:30-19:00
Grab some food and drink and Meet the Author and Artists
19:00-19:30
Short films and background to “Making Wales Great Again” and Bog Art
19:30-20:00
Question and answer session with the author
20:00 – 20.30
Book signing and Bog Art viewing

Cometh The Hour

6 Mar

Another hilarious instalment of this spoof of action heroes in Wales. Marvel / DC, eat your hearts out!

Cometh The Hour.

Impact Assessment

18 Feb

Another instalment of Notsogreatdictator Smith’s hilarious spoof on superheroes and the civil service in Wales…. 😀

Impact Assessment.

Adele Dwff Dwff…….

30 Jan

Adele Dwff Dwff…….. from Notsogreatdictator Smith, who also makes hilarious sort films as well as his rib-tickling comedy writing

Heavy is the head…

29 Oct

One of the funniest writers in Wales. This spoof of Welsh public life is not only hilarious but also very close to the truth…….     Heavy is the head….

The Felinheli Protocol

28 Jun

Hilarious comedy blog from this Welsh wit. Can’t wait for the next instalment. And I have seen the sleeping giant of Abercrave!

 

The Felinheli Protocol.

The Golden Badger of Wrexham

23 May

The Golden Badger of Wrexham.

Bonkers bloggage from the crazy pen of Notsogreatdictator Smith……

Three in Bath…..

19 May

19 FAB1

Today I was up in Bath with two other artists, filmaker Notsogreatdictator Smith and collagist Melanie Ezra, delivering some of our work to the Twelve:34 exhibition that will be a part of the Fringe Arts Bath event, opening this coming Friday evening. Here are two of my large ‘maniere noire’ drawings. If you’re in Bath on Friday, please call in for the opening from 6.30 pm 🙂

19 FAB2

Burry Port, gateway to eternity

14 May

Burry Port, gateway to eternity.

More bonkers Tales from Wales ………

The Secret Power of The Senedd

24 Apr

What our First Minister gets up to underneath the Senedd! From Notsogreatdictator Smith, with tongue firmly in cheek.

The Secret Power of The Senedd.

%d bloggers like this: