Monday 27 April 2015


Back to the caves

Thanks to Arts Alive Wales' Creative Network mini-fund I've been able to buy a portable projector to experiment with film in Eglwys Faen cave using the tunnels and layers of graffiti as canvas, and making new film and recordings. 

These are stills from some first trials: projecting and re-filming clips of roads and waterways linked to past and present industry in the area.

refilming onto collected cats eyes flipped to the side of the road

This blog has charted work over the last few years, observing, drawing, photographing some of the strange remains of the interplay between human and natural activity in and around the caves - see systems and following posts.

 This new work continues exploration of the translocation and transformation of found objects as a way of thinking about how we navigate systems - relational, cultural, geographic, historical - 

and what happens when connection's lost, broken or hidden. 

Friday 13 March 2015

Beyond Orpheus

Combining poetry, improvised music, movement, voice and film, Beyond Orpheus formed the closing event of the Tales We Tell extravaganza at 
Un Deg Unhosted and co-ordinated by Steve Kenyon-Owen

Beyond Orpheus was the latest manifestation of 
The Orpheus Project, which over the course of a few years has brought poets, musicians, artists and performers together in a series of collaborative ventures

Our collaborations began in 2010 in an exploration of the Orpheus / Eurydice myth transposed to Craig y Cilau Nature Reserve, Wales - with particular 
focus on Egwys Faen cave.

My films and soundtrack took the sounds and sights from that location to 
Un Deg Un's cavernous upstairs retail-cave in the heart of Wrexham.

For the previous month of Tales We Tell, the space held a film triptych 
and some 7' drawings.

For the final event, thanks to Steve's expertise we were able to open up the space in a new way with 4 films - creating an environment for the poets/performers who were joining us.

image Anthony Mellors

me and audience
image by Anthony Mellors
  Rhys Trimble  

Lyndon Davies
Anthony Mellors
image by Jo Delyse Packwood

Thanks once more to those other poets and musicians who feature on the film soundtrack, but who were not able to be at the Tales We Tell event:
Musicians and composer Gillian Stevens on Crwth, 
Sound Performers - Team Sports, (Matthew Lovett, Jimmy Ottley, Ian Watson)
Poets: Graham HartillChristopher Twigg,
 John GoodbyClaudia Azzola.

For more information about previous Orpheus /Eurydice events, go to
projects on my website and scroll through the pages.