Mae casgliad o bortreadau stiwdio gan y ffotograffydd o Gonwy, Graham Hembrough, yn annog ymwelwyr i wneud cysylltiad a meithrin dealltwriaeth well rhwng y gwaith celf a welir mewn arddangosfeydd a’r crëwr, gan ‘roi wyneb a lle i enw’r artist’.
Gwahoddwyd aelodau o’r Academi sy’n byw yn Sir Conwy i gymryd rhan yn y prosiect ac rydym ni’n ddiolchgar iawn iddyn nhw am eu cydweithrediad.

Comisiynwyd ‘Artistiaid a Gwneuthurwyr Conwy’ gan Wasanaeth Diwylliant Conwy, Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Conwy mewn partneriaeth â’r Academi gyda grant gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru.

Meddai Graham Hembrough am y gwaith, “Roeddwn i’n ymwybodol bod ymweld â gweithfannau artistiaid (a thynnu lluniau ohonyn nhw) yn gallu cael ei ystyried fel tarfu ar ofod preifat personol. Yn y fan hyn mae artistiaid yn mynegi eu hunain yn greadigol, gyda gwaith ar y gweill nad ydi’r cyhoedd i fod i’w weld gan ei fod yn broses sy’n esblygu ac yn datblygu i greu gwaith sydd, yn y diwedd, yn briodol ac wedi’i ddatrys i’w rannu a’i weld gan eraill. I rai, mae’r gofod yma yn ddihangfa neu’n hafan sy’n gwrthod ymyrraeth o’r tu allan”.

Mae’r arddangosfa ar agor o 9 Ebrill tan 21 Mai 2022 yn yr Academi Frenhinol Gymreig cyn mynd ar daith i Ganolfan Ddiwylliant Conwy o fis Mehefin tan fis Medi 2022. Bydd yn cyd-fynd â rhaglen o weithdai dan arweiniad rhai o’r artistiaid sy’n rhan o’r prosiect.


A collection of Studio portraits by Conwy Photographer Graham Hembrough encourages visitors to make a connection and foster a greater understanding between the artwork seen in exhibitions and the creator, thereby ‘putting a face to the name’.

All current members of the RCA living in the County of Conwy were invited to participate in the project and we are very grateful to them for their co-operation.

‘Artists & Makers of Conwy’ was commissioned by Conwy Culture Service, Conwy County Borough Council in partnership with the RCA and made possible with a grant from the Arts Council of Wales.

Graham Hembrough speaks of the work, “I was mindful that visiting artists’ workspaces (and especially photographing them) could be seen as intruding on what many see as a personal, private space. It is here that artists express themselves creatively, involving work in progress, not intended for public viewing as it is an evolving process that unfolds to create work finally deemed appropriate and resolved for sharing and viewing. For some, the space is perceived as an escape or sanctuary that denies outside intrusion.”

The exhibition can be seen from 9th April – 21st May 2022 at the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, and will then tour to the Conwy Culture Centre from June until September 2022. It will coincide with a workshop programme led by some of the featured artists.

Published by grahamhembrough

I am a freelance Photographer and Photographic tutor, who during the Covid crisis of 2020 - 2021 invested time in developing skills in sound recording to extend my professional practise and support future project work. Combining photography with soundscapes I hope will provide greater access to all and provide an added appreciation for the project work I am engaged in, be that personal or commissioned. My thanks to the Arts Council of Wales Lottery fund for financially supporting this transition. I work on photographic projects for the public sector (Museum and Galleries), social documentary, portraiture and occasional commercial undertakings. I am an elected member of the RCA (Royal Cambrian Academy) and recently retired from lecturing at Bangor University and Llandrillo College to concentrate on my freelance work.

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