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Trywydd . Voyage

Bird-Jones & Heald would like to invite you to the film screening of  Trywydd . Voyage

Date: 10 February 2016 – 1.30pm

Venue: Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Join us in the Oriel Sycharth Gallery for a special screening of Trywydd . Voyage. The event will be introduced by Dr Susan Liggett, Head of Media Arts and Design Research Centre at Glyndwr University. Bird-Jones & Heald will talk about their project after the screening.

Bird-Jones & Heald filmed material inspired by collectively viewing significant architectural glass sites, artists’ studios and museums throughout France during the 2014 Women’s International Stained Glass Workshop. The film captured visual details, including figures silhouetted against illuminated backdrops, hand gestures, composite interiors, changing landscapes and emerging patterns.

Part of this body of research focused on the Welsh artists taking part: Amber Hiscott, Catrin Jones, Chris Bird-Jones and Karen Heald.   Trywydd . Voyage explores the intimacy, quality, nuances, details, sensitivity and beauty of the Welsh centric aspect of this journey.’

Bird-Jones & Heald Voyage




Voyage, HD film still, Bird-Jones & Heald

Supported by Arts Council Wales and Wales Arts International.





‘Voyage’ art film to premiere at Mission Gallery’s ‘the […] space’

Bird-Jones and Heald are excited to announced that Mission Gallery, Swansea will premiere Voyage, an art film created as part of the the Arts Council of Wales supported Welsh Women project in the […] space (13th October – 15th November 2015).

This unique film is a Welsh centric artwork generated by original research from a ‘never before’ documented Women’s International Stained Glass Workshop (WISGW) in France, 2014. The film is an art piece, not a ‘fly on the wall’ account, following the Welsh artists involvement in the workshop. The art film enables awareness of the experience by bringing it into the public domain.

the […] space focuses on presenting artists film or moving image and offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase new work in collaboration with the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, where the gallery will be located for the duration of the offsite development.

Bird-Jones & Heald Voyage





Voyage, HD film still, Bird-Jones & Heald

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Welsh Women

Last summer, supported by Wales Arts International, Bird-Jones & Heald filmed over 25 hours of research material inspired by the 15 day Women’s International Stained Glass Workshop (WISGW) in France, 2014. Collectively they viewed significant architectural glass sites, artist’s studios and museums. They focused on capturing film footage of emerging patterns of visual details, such as, figures silhouetted against illuminated backdrops; hand gestures; composite interiors; changing landscapes. Part of this body of research focused on the Welsh artists taking part: Amber Hiscott, Catrin Jones, and Bird-Jones & Heald.

The Welsh contingency was filmed starting on the approach to the Severn Bridge and ending at the crossing back into Wales at midnight, 16 days later. Bird-Jones & Heald were in the daily company of Hiscott and Jones, who gave their continued support and compliance with documenting the process. This enabled the collaborators to have a continuing dialogue, capturing intense moments of concentration and contemplation of the workshop sites they visited, which has thus informed a unique Welsh perspective.

Bird-Jones & Heald are delighted to announce support from Arts Council of Wales for the Welsh Women project to produce an art film that celebrates Welsh artists, building on the gathered research, to bring it to public awareness. The moving image piece will explore the intimacy, quality, nuances, details, sensitivity and beauty of this journey. It aims to tell the story through image and sound.

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Women’s International Stained Glass Workshop (WISGW), France, 2014.

The support of Wales Arts International enabled Bird-Jones & Heald to accept an invitation to take part and to make collaborative work during the traveling ‘Women’s International Stained Glass Workshop’ (WISGW) in France 2014. Together with 16 female glass artists from around the world (including Amber Hiscott and Catrin Jones from Wales), Bird-Jones & Heald toured France for 15 days, exploring contemporary and traditional French glass in the local architecture. Bird-Jones & Heald documented their WISGW journey, from its outset in Swansea and then throughout the experience, by capturing High Definition film footage, recording audio, photographing, making sketches, and taking notes with an eye to producing new work. Each member of the WISGW was given the choice of being included, or not included, in the process, and all accepted the offer. The research enabled Bird-Jones & Heald to concentrate on the unique nature of this international group meeting, and to capture those specific moments in time that will not be repeated. In addition, it was an opportunity for Chris Bird-Jones and Karen Heald to spend dedicated time together, away from their daily occupations, with a focus on developing new collaborative work.






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