Main Plaza Entrance, Ground Floor, Llandough Hospital, CF64 2XX
PhotoRenga are inspired by an ancient form of Japanese poetry, in which sequences of haiku construct complex and profound renga poems. The aim of the PhotoRenga project is to produce a series of short, collective, visual renga using photography, in a unique workshop format that enables people of all abilities to take part.
The project began when members of the Cardiff & Vale Brain Injury Group produced PhotoRenga in an ongoing workshop programme started in 2010 by David Sinden.
The PhotoRenga workshops provided by David Sinden and Kate Woodward at Rookwood Hospital were open to six people with an adventurous spirit on each day. Participants started from a space, split up and created photographs on various themes. After reviewing the images together, one image from each person’s camera was chosen and then passed on to another person in the group. These images were then used as the source or as inspiration to produce a new set of photographs from which one image will be selected, and so the process was repeated during the workshop. The result was a series of collective PhotoRenga, and these inspiring works are on display in the gallery.
David Sinden has been running the PhotoRenga workshops since 2010, Kate Woodward has been a project partner since 2015.
The MiR PhotoRenga will take place at 28 the Parade in Cardiff, an intriguing venue that was originally built by a shipping merchant at the height of Cardiff’s seafaring importance in the late 1800s and was latterly an education centre. The building will house several new commissioned artworks by local artists and act as an exciting performance venue. As well as hosting the PhotoRenga workshop on Sunday 9 October, the venue will exhibit the works during the main festival weekend on 15/16 October.
Participants will start from the Made in Roath space at 28 The Parade, splitting up and taking photographs. After reviewing the images, one image from each person’s camera is chosen and passed on to another in the group. This image is used as the source or inspiration to produce a new set of photographs from which one image is selected… and so on…
The MiR PhotoRenga workshop will take place on Sunday 9 October 11am to 5pm. Like last time, for the workshop, you will just need to bring:
a digital camera: any sort will do! A DSLR, digital compact or even a good quality cameraphone will be sufficient.
any leads for plugging the camera into a computer and an instruction manual if you have one (not essential, but always handy!).
a fresh memory card for your camera (or, at least, one with lots of space on it).
waterproof clothing! We will be outdoors, this time in a Welsh autumn…
The PhotoRenga workshops will enable the creative exploration of poetic forms through images and the sharing of visual responses that generate unique, collective, photo-based artworks. The resulting PhotoRengas will be exhibited in The Parade courtyard space for the main Made in Roath festival weekend on 15/16 October.
If you would like to take part in the Made in Roath PhotoRenga please email Kate at Kate Woodward [email protected]
The workshop on Friday 19 August will be open to anyone who has had a brain injury.
The workshop on Saturday 20 August will be open to anyone!
The PhotoRenga workshops are open to six people with an adventurous spirit on each day. Participants will start from g39, split up and take photographs on various themes. After reviewing the images, one image from each person’s camera will be chosen and passed on to another in the group. This image will be used as the source or inspiration to produce a new set of photographs from which one image will be selected and so on… By the end of the day, we will have created a series of collective PhotoRengas.
Participants will just need a digital camera, clothing to cope with whatever the weather throws at us and a willingness to share and create!
PhotoRenga are inspired by an ancient form of Japanese poetry, in which sequences of haiku construct complex and profound poems. The aim of the PhotoRenga project is to produce a series of short, collective visual rengas using photography.
The project began when members of the Cardiff & Vale Brain Injury Group produced PhotoRengas in an ongoing workshop programme started in 2010.
To date the one-day PhotoRenga workshops have been hosted by Ffotogallery in Penarth and the Hanbury Road Gallery in Bargoed. The PhotoRengas will be produced in an eBook and as an exhibition in the future.