Degree Show – Proposal

Module: Independent Study 2 Exhibit ( 40 credit) level 6
Name: Michelle Wright
Proposal & Context (what is the intended context of the proposal and what is the background thinking informing your decisions?):
For my final exhibition I am intending to maintain my current line of investigation, that of displacement, whilst making work that is relevant to the location of North Wales, with political context, not only historically but to the present day.

In 1965 Llyn Celyn was created, a reservoir that filled the Treweryn Valley and drowned the village of Capel Celyn to provide water for Liverpool, who it seems then sold the water onto other regions in the country. These events were significant politically, sparked by the Treweryn Bill passed in parliament which allowed the Liverpool Corporation of the time to bypass local planning laws and the wishes of the Welsh people and to continue with their plans to turn the valley into a reservoir.

Still a current topic, having recently passed a 50-year anniversary and with Brexit looming, Wales still does not have control of its own water. There are plans for this to change as a result of Brexit and claims that this could never happen again. However, with Devolution, the Welsh could categorically ensure that this never happens again.

This is a story I have had much empathy for, since childhood.

I am most touched by the unanswered protests of the residents, the fact that many of the family graves are still underwater, and the many personal accounts of the people who were and continue to be affected by this.

Liverpool Council did apologize in 2005, however this is widely seen as a political move with their bid for the Eisteddfod looming and too little to late.

Media & Methods (what kind of media, (in addition to sketchbooks) is going to be used – site specific work using ‘found materials’ or indigenous materials, paint, video, constructional-type materials/sculptural materials?):
  • Video
  • Photography
  • Found Materials/Objects
Aims & Outcomes (what kind of work is expected – painting, sculpture, photography, installation, combined media, performance, documentary, image/text etc?):
Completed work will be an installation that combines Video, Photography and Found Materials.

  • A0/A2 photographs on Foam Board
  • Gursky-esque piece 2.4m by 1.2m using water bottles
  • Objects collected during the project
  • Video
  • Floor piece using water bottles
Supporting Research (which artists, galleries/visits, articles, websites, journals etc will be collected and collated to show relevant research has taken place – this can go in the sketchbook or in a separate file?):
  • Andreas Gursky – this research is about technique most specifically.
  • Ivan Henriques – landscape and memory artist
  • Iwan Bala – welsh artist and writer
  • Cerith Wyn Evan – installation artist
  • Tim Davies – Swansea
  • Beca Group
    • Ivor Davies
    • Paul Davies
    • Peter Davies
    • David Garner
  • Iwan Bala
  • Book – Welsh Artists talking by Tim Curtis
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Degree Show – Studio Work

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Final Completion of the Video’s for the exhibition and uploaded to Vimeo.

The Final TV Video being used in the Exhibition is shown below:

The Final Projection Video’s being used in the Exhibition is shown below:

Degree Show – Timesheet

Total Hours worked on Project 273
Date Work Completed Hours Total Hours
20/02/2018 Research, Studio Work, Proposal 6 6
22/02/2018 Research 4 10
24/02/2018 Site Visit (including travel) 6 16
27/02/2018 Mood Board Preparation 4 20
01/03/2018 Installing Mood Board at Galeri 2 22
03/03/2018 Photo Preparation for Galeri 3 25
04/03/2018 Photo Preparation for Galeri 3 28
06/03/2018 Studio/Galeri and Tutorial 6 34
08/03/2018 Textual Element Work 4 38
10/03/2018 Textual Element Preparation 3 41
13/03/2018 Research, Studio Work and Galeri 6 47
15/03/2018 Digital Photo Manipulation 4 51
17/03/2018 Digital Photo Manipulation 2 53
20/03/2018 Image Preparation for Transfer to Fabric 1 54
20/03/2018 Mood Board Preparation and Installation at Galeri 4 58
26/03/2018 Site Visit (including travel) 6 64
29/03/2018 Transferring Images onto Shirts 4 68
31/03/2018 Reflection – Water Bottles 2 70
03/04/2018 Transferring Images onto Shirts 3 73
05/04/2018 Photography with Shirts 3 76
07/04/2018 Site Visit (including travel) 6 82
10/04/2018 Studio Work and Tutorial 4 86
12/04/2018 Digital Collage Work 6 92
14/04/2018 Adding Images to Slates 3 95
17/04/2018 Studio Work and Tutorial 4 99
19/04/2018 Site Visit (including travel) 6 105
21/04/2018 Photography Review 3 108
24/04/2018 Tutorial, Studio Work 4 112
25/04/2018 Brochure Production 4 116
26/04/2018 Brochure Production 6 122
27/04/2018 Plumbing Experimentation 3 125
28/04/2018 Video Preparation 4 129
30/04/2018 Artist Statement Preparation 2 131
01/05/2018 Catalogue Preparation 5 136
02/05/2018 Press Release Preparation 2 138
03/05/2018 Catalogue Preparation and Order 3 141
03/05/2018 Business Card Ordering and Prints Ordering and Yophoto book, Linked In page. 8 149
04/05/2018 Ordered Yophoto book 2 151
05/05/2018 Video Preparation 5 156
06/05/2018 Stitched Banners and added Grommets and Video Work 7 163
08/05/2018 Clearing Studios 6 169
09/05/2018 Painting Studios 7.5 176.5
10/05/2018 Painting Studios 7.5 184
11/05/2018 Painting Studios 3 187
13/05/2018 Model Making and Sketchbook Preparation 7 194
15/05/2018 Studio Preparation 4 198
16/05/2018 Plumbing Mockup 2 200
17/05/2018 Plastwork Preparation 5 205
18/05/2018 Studio Experimentation 4 209
20/05/2018 Site Visit (including travel) 6 215
23/05/2018 Hanging work in Studio 5 220
24/05/2018 Plastwork Preparation 2 222
25/05/2018 Video Preparation 5 227
26/05/2018 Plastwork Preparation 3 230
27/05/2018 Video Preparation 5 235
28/05/2018 Video Preparation 5 240
29/05/2018 Exhibition Setup 6 246
30/05/2018 Exhibition Setup 6 252
02/06/2018 Final Preparation – Sketchbook 4 256
02/06/2018 Final Video Preparation 6 262
03/06/2018 Final Video Preparation 7 269
03/06/2018 Final Preparation – Blog and Sketchbook 4 273

Degree Show – Costings

Total Cost of Project  £ 3,549.62
Date Item Purchased Supplier  Cost  Total Cost
03/06/2018 Time @ £10 per hour M Wright  £2,730.00  £    2,730.00
27/02/2018 PET Bottles Ballihoo  £    12.90  £    2,742.90
02/03/2018 Foam Board Amazon  £    10.81  £    2,753.71
10/03/2018 Foam Board HobbyCraft  £    12.00  £    2,765.71
10/03/2018 Print Cartidges Amazon  £      7.99  £    2,773.70
16/03/2018 Print Cartidges Amazon  £      7.99  £    2,781.69
28/03/2018 Iron On Transfer Paper Amazon  £    15.95  £    2,797.64
10/04/2018 Fabric Banners Fabisimo (Print Fab)  £    46.27  £    2,843.91
10/04/2018 FreeStanding Airer Amazon  £    19.99  £    2,863.90
12/04/2018 Tarpaulin Clips Amazon  £      5.56  £    2,869.46
12/04/2018 Grommet Kit Amazon  £    12.74  £    2,882.20
12/04/2018 Printable Business Cards Amazon  £    12.05  £    2,894.25
12/04/2018 Print Cartidges Amazon  £      7.99  £    2,902.24
12/04/2018 Print Cartidges Amazon  £      7.99  £    2,910.23
12/04/2018 Pritt Stick Amazon  £      8.35  £    2,918.58
12/04/2018 Grommets Spare Amazon  £      2.82  £    2,921.40
13/04/2018 Fabric Banner Fabisimo (Print Fab)  £  105.29  £    3,026.69
14/04/2018 PET Bottles Ballihoo  £    12.90  £    3,039.59
28/04/2018 Plumbing Bits B&Q  £    21.59  £    3,061.18
28/04/2018 Table Community Furniture  £      5.00  £    3,066.18
03/05/2018 Prints – A1  £  108.00  £    3,174.18
03/05/2018 Perspex Shelf Amazon  £    18.05  £    3,192.23
03/05/2018 A6 Leaflet Holders Amazon  £      5.40  £    3,197.63
03/05/2018 Standoff Wall Mounts Amazon  £      8.99  £    3,206.62
03/05/2018 Flat Book  £    88.99  £    3,295.61
03/05/2018 Business Cards  £    31.99  £    3,327.60
08/05/2018 Decorating Materials B&Q  £    45.00  £    3,372.60
20/05/2018 Petrol for Site Visits Texaco  £  100.00  £    3,472.60
23/05/2018 Fixings B&Q  £    13.55  £    3,486.15
25/05/2018 T Shirts for Projection Amazon  £    14.92  £    3,501.07
28/05/2018 Plumbing and MDF B&Q  £    48.55  £    3,549.62

Degree Show – Marketing

1st June 2018 – Emerge Social Media Accounts

15th May 2018

Exhibition Meeting:

We discussed further the issues surrounding vinyl lettering and the banner. We came to a decision about what we require. Tiffany has also sent out a final contact list that the invites will be going to.

Helen also confirmed that the Press Release has gone to the media department and will be on the gllm website soon.

Hi Everyone,
Sorry this one is a bit late! So just to summarise everything from our last group meeting… We have decided on a banner for our downstairs logo and names, then having vinyl lettering in our individual spaces. Please let Hannah know if you need more than one name for individual spaces.
I have created the invites and will send you all a copy of the invite so you can check it before they get sent out Friday morning. The attached document is the final contact list that I currently have, if anyone wants to add any more names to the list then please email me by tomorrow (Thursday) with name and email address.  
Thanks everyone!

10th May 2018

The Catalogues have arrived – Yay! I informed everyone by email and will hand them out to everyone at the next meeting.


8th May 2018

Exhibition Meeting:

  • I forwarded the remaining monies to Hannah Mudd so that she can begin to look at the vinyl lettering required.
  • Gwenllian demonstrated the Emerge Website.
  • Tiffany also said she will start work on the invites.
  • We decided that the 18th May 2018 will be the invite sending out day.
Hi everyone,
So just to sum everything up, Hannah has agreed to do our vinyls for us and I have given her the list of how you would prefer your name to be displayed. We should have enough left in our money pot to cover the costs of the vinyls and to also buy some flowers and a card for Helen as a thank you for the past three years.
Gwenllian has made us a website which I think we should include on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts so here’s the link for you all to see the website:
If you require any changes to your page please contact Gwen on her email:
I am beginning to design the invitations and will show everyone next week, and then I will start sending electronic invitations out to everyone on our contact list. So if you have people in mind that you would like to be invited to the exhibition night please let me know by end of next week.
Thanks everyone,

3rd May 2018

Having produced the Catalogue from all the information provided to me by Tiffany and Simone and having gained approval from everyone in the group. I finally ordered the catalogue today. 500 copies as per the group instructions. Personally I would have ordered a proof copy but the consensus of the group was that we didn’t need to. Now I shall nervously wait for delivery – eta 14th May. Below are images of all the catalogue pages and here is a copy of the pdf.

Degree Show – Artist Statement

A site-specific piece about the construction of the reservoir Llyn Celyn, flooding the Tryweryn Valley and demolishing the village of Capel Celyn in the process. This piece is a continuation of an ongoing theme relating to displacement. In this case, the displacement of the village residents to provide water to Liverpool. The events that happened at the time also prompted a strong sense of Welsh Nationalism and calls for Devolution which continue to this day.

Inspired by the artist Tim Davis, who uses film, photography and installation to respond to and represent specific sites of interest. Davis also created a piece called Capel Celyn where he cast 5000 wax nails based on a rusty nail found on the bed of Llyn Celyn during a period of drought.

Initial focus for this project was on the effects of this controversial scheme on the local community and the protests and rallies that took place against the Tryweryn Dam project. Two mood boards were created using original media photographs to describe the sense of emotion that the project had provoked in the local community. These mood boards were then photographed and the new photographs used to create the Digital Collage that comprises a 5-metre Statement Banner depicting the protests that took place at the time. Additional Banners were also printed as an accompaniment.

The photograph “Dirty Laundry” bears reference to the fact that the water contained in Llyn Celyn is used for domestic purposes in Liverpool and beyond. For every gallon of water that arrives from Llyn Celyn at the Huntington Treatment Works in Chester, a gallon is sent to Liverpool to provide water to the Liverpool population for domestic purposes. The Tryweryn Dam was built around the time that Automatic Washing Machines were becoming more popular and…

“Look What They Did” offers a reflective position where a protest slogan is replaced with a message of observational reflection. Interactions with members of the public at Llyn Celyn suggest that still people visit Llyn Celyn to reflect on the actions of the Liverpool Corporation from the past.

“A Rallying Cry” is a re-enactment of a photograph from the protest that took place at the opening of Llyn Celyn on October 21st1965. The opening ceremony had to be cut short after 3 minutes when protestors cut the wires to the microphone.

The floor piece, ‘Dam’ is a representation of the Tryweryn Dam and comprises water collected from Llyn Celyn, driftwood and slate from the shoreline, along with a football found floating in the water.

The accompanying collection of film seeks to highlight the domesticity of the situation, the fact that people were moving into high rise living in Liverpool and the water requirements were on the increase, at this time it was becoming commonplace to own an automatic washing machine.

The films also seek to reflect on the remains of the community that can still be found around the shore of Llyn Celyn and include scenes from archive footage that shows the last days of the community at Capel Celyn and the extent of the impact of the Tryweryn Dam on the landscape and the community.


Degree Show – Research

28th April 2018

Investigating more political collage today – the following two artists I find interesting because they work in a similar way to aspects of this project that I have been considering. In relation to my own work and Tryweryn, certainly the site has a lot of historical context and the trauma experienced by the people may no longer be physically seen at the site, yet continues to this day. Cutting out or removing past elements and placing them over current elements I find an interesting way to work.

Maria Berrio

56144b221800002e00dc15a7I just draw with scissors,” Colombian artist Maria Berrio said of her practice. Her “Nativity” work above features Japanese paper and rhinestones along with watercolor and acrylic paint. “There is pleasure in the raw physicality of the art form — not simply applying a medium, but tearing it, forming it, cutting it, spreading glue with sticky fingers, feeling the various textures of the different papers … At times it seems I am more excavating a mystery hidden below the canvas than creating a work, ideally to convey that sense of awe and wonder at the majestic, enigmatic beauty of things.”

Michael Paul Britto

56142cc81800002d00dc1558Michael Paul Britto (born 1968) is a New York contemporary artist who explores the consequences of racial inequality through photography, video, collage, sculpture and performance.[1] Britto shines a light on important racial issues using contemporary art. His work has been exhibited predominantly in New York, but also internationally, with exhibitions in Spain, Poland, and England. In 2004, he won the Individual Artist grant from New York State Council of The Arts, and in 2005, he was awarded the Media Arts Fellowship Grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.[2]