August 10 2011

Exhibition Brings Ethiopia and Wales Together

Double Take Photo exhibition launch

‘Double Take’ Valley and Vale Community Arts Exhibition Brings Ethiopia and Wales together

A unique photography exhibition entitled ‘Double Take’ will open on the 13th August 2011 at Oriel Canfas Gallery in Cardiff, showing the differences, but more importantly, the similarities, between Wales and Ethiopia. This exhibition shows photographs taken by people from both the Addis Ababa and Betws communities. The participants were each given 12 themes to explore, working with Valley and Vale Community Arts facilitator Alison McGann. The result is an exceptional insight into the lives of the two communities.

The exhibition launch will take place on Saturday August 13th at 3.00pm. The exhibition runs daily from 1.30-16.30 Tuesday-Friday and 10.30 – 4.30 Saturdays until August 27th – at Oriel Canfas gallery, 44a Glamorgan Street, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QS
tel 029 2066 6455

The project is a creative collaboration between Valley and Vale Community Arts and The Ethiopian Gemini Trust, described by Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, as “an inspiration for civil societies around the world”. The Gemini trust works in Ethiopia to support families with twins and is currently helping 12,000 people. Valley and Vale Community Arts has been working in Wales since 1981 and has a reputation for its ground-breaking local and international Community Arts for Development work.

This project is part of an ongoing community link between Betws and Addis Ababa, that strives to support vulnerable people in both communities. It is part of the Wales Africa Community Links programme that supports over 120 communities across Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa who are working together to reduce poverty. The programme supports and develops community partnerships between Welsh and African communities to enable them to work together to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The programme is managed by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action and funded by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Wales for Africa programme.  www.walesafrica.org

The project has given community members a chance to explore and express how they see their communities.

Photographer Netsanet Tsegaw from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia said: “I enjoyed seeing two cultures coming together, and seeing what’s inside us all in a unique and expressive way. Given words to interpret for our photographs, gave me a different understanding of the world and new ways of relating to others.”

Anita Ile from Betws in the Garw Valley said: “I was surprised at the similarities of the photographs from the two countries. Thousands of miles apart, but we have thousands of ideas that are the same.”

The exhibition launch will take place on Saturday August 13th at 3.00pm. The exhibition runs daily from 1.30-16.30 Tuesday-Friday and 10.30 – 4.30 Saturdays until August 27th – at Oriel Canfas gallery, 44a Glamorgan Street, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QS  tel 029 2066 6455

For more information please contact Admin at Valley and Vale Community Arts on 01656 729246 or Tracy Pallant on 07805515222

 

Double Take Oriel Canfas Invite 2011