Introducing Fotofringe – a new photography festival for Cardiff

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Last year saw the first edition of Ffotogallery’s festival Diffusion. The festival featured photographic artists from all over the world and showcased Cardiff’s ability to stage a heavyweight arts event is not limited to Artes Mundi or Womex.

This year, one of Cardiff’s most outspoken photographers is organising Fotofringe, a festival of his own. This time however, Jon Pountney isn’t aiming for international renown, but simply trying to showcase some of south Wales’ most original photographic talent.

“We didn’t want to do a ‘state of the nation’ type of show,” says Pountney, who is best known for his work on Cardiff Before Cardiff. “Other groups, such as ‘A Fine Beginning’, are doing a great job of that. Therefore the first show is probably not what people expect. We hope so anyway!”

Fotofringe 2014 will kick off at the end of May in the CardiffMADE gallery, and will continue through June and July at a variety of venues like Porters and Sherman Cymru.

Fotofringe has grown out of a series of collaborations with Rebecca Wyn Kelly (SomethingCreatives, Milgi Lounge) called Art in the Warehouse (AITW)which has showcased some very early work by a series of very emergent artists.

“The first Fotofringe was held as part of ‘AITW’ last May, in three different settings, giving over 20 photographers exposure in an unconventional and stimulating way,” says Wyn Kelly. “Work was shown in a pub skittle alley, the Milgi warehouse, or postered directly onto city street walls. Interaction with the community was key, and many people who would not normally visit a gallery enjoyed seeing the work in this way.”

The first show of this year’s festival begins Thursday 22 May at CardiffMADE.

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