Day one in Conwy

Absent but not Forgotten is having a great time in Conwy! Our work is installed in the courtyard of Plas Mawr – a beautiful Tudor town house in the centre of the town. We’ve been visiting the other artists involved in the festival and enjoying their work too. Blinc Digital Arts Festival is sharing the event with Conwy Food Festival, so the town has been buzzing with people. Come along and visit us if you’re in the area today.

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Off to Conwy…

We’re heading to Conwy this morning to install our triptych of films and our sound work in Plas Mawr ready for the blinc Digital Arts Festival this weekend. So excited to see everything in situ and find out what all the other artists will be showing….

 

Check here for a programme of the weekend’s activities.

Tales from Aberystwyth


Extracts of short films telling spooky stories from the Aberystwyth area. The films will be screened at Aberystwyth Arts Centre during the Abertoir Horror Festival, 8-13 November, 2011.

Darnau o ffilmiau byr yn cynnwys straeon arswydus o ardal Aberystwyth. Byddant yn cael eu dangos yng Nghanolfan Gelfyddydau Aberystwyth yn ystod Gŵyl Arswyd Abertoir, Tachwedd 8-13, 2011.

The Tynllidiart Arms

As part of our project in Aberystwyth – The Seventh Room, we have been interviewing people in and around the town who have had experiences of ghosts or the paranormal. On Friday we visited Stuart Evans who works at Ceredigion Museum – the old Colosseum Theatre and cinema in Terrace Road.

We then went on to visit The Tynllidiart Arms in Capel Bangor just outside of Aberystwyth. There have been a number of strange incidents at the pub, including a photograph taken in 2004 in which a strange figure is captured sitting next to a customer at one of the tables.

Landlord Andy kindly suggested that we speak to barmaid Georgie who has had a few encounters with the resident ghost. Georgie told us some fantastic stories which were corroborated by both Andy and one of the pub visitors.

Apparently the ghost began to make its presence known when a pair of old baby shoes were discovered hidden inside a wall – when the shoes were moved the activity began. It is a very old custom to conceal shoes inside chimneys and walls, and considered very unlucky to remove them.

I took these images whilst we were setting up – I have had my camera since 2007 and I have taken thousands of images with it; I have to say I have never captured anything like these ‘orb’ like shapes before…the afternoon sun was strong and filtering in through the windows in shafts, but this misty effect was a surprise when I uploaded the pictures…