Articles by Huw David Jones
Heavily reliant on public subsidy, the arts in Wales have long faced a hand-to-mouth existence. But lately things have gone from bad to worse: a third of the money usually given to the Arts Council of Wales from lottery funding is being lost to pay for the 2012 Olympics in London. One of the organisations worst affected by the immediate budgetary cuts is St Donat’s Arts Centre near Llantwit Major.
A springboard for new artistic talent in the Vale of Glamorgan, St Donat’s has long provided a supportive leg-up to student, amateur and professional artists in the early stages of their career, not to mention hosting workshops and community art classes. And it does so again with this latest exhibition of work by Cardiff-based photographer Mark Johnson.
Entitled Coast 360, the special three-month exhibition features a series of photographic seascapes taken at different points along the Glamorgan coastline. Focusing on the question of how moments captured in an instant by the photograph are bounded by our geography, this will eventually develop into a visual panorama of the coast as the seasons change, spring blending into summer. It is an original and thought-provoking venture that underlines what a great loss the closure of the St Donat’s Arts Centre would be to the cultural life of the Vale of Glamorgan.
Mark Johnson: Coast 360 is St Donat’s Arts Centre, Vale of Glamorgan, from Mon 5 May to Mon 28 Jul, 2008.
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