TURNER HOUSE: NICE PICTURES – SHAME ABOUT THE SPELLING

Turner House - which had closed in November 2015 has re-opened with another Lithuanian exhibition. The first floor atrium has not yet been restored

Turner House – which had closed in November 2015 has re-opened with another Lithuanian exhibition. The first floor is still blacked out and the central atrium has not yet been restored

Continuing its long-standing predilection for all things Lithuanian, Ffotogallery  – the publicly subsidised “Welsh” photographic ‘charity’ which is the tenant of Penarth’s Turner House Art Gallery – is currently staging an exhibition by another Lithuanian photographer, Arturas Valiauga.

Valiauga photographed four National Trust properties in Wales as part of his “European Prospects residency with Ffotogallery”. These were Dyffryn Gardens, Tredegar House, Plas Newydd, Anglesey and Penrhyn Castle near Bangor.

Plas Newydd, - the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Anglesey, overlooks the Menai Straits

Plas Newydd, – the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Anglesey, overlooks the Menai Straits

Ffotogallery says of Valiauga’s work  “His images encapsulate a moment in time in the lives of these places, which have since outlived those that built them. His quiet, poetic photographs celebrate the commitment of the people who ‘serve’ these houses and offer us a privileged insight.”

A photogaph of the jacket pocket of the Marquess of Anglesey is amongst the exhibits

A photogaph of the jacket pocket of the Marquess of Anglesey is amongst the exhibits

Amongst the images on display is a close-up photograph of the jacket pocket of the sports jacket worn by the Marquess of Anglesey –  on which a helpful caption giving his title is superimposed on the photo.

There are indeed two esses in Marquess - but one is plenty in "Anglesey"

There are indeed two esses in Marquess – but one is enough in “Anglesey”

Unfortunately that difficult Welsh word “Anglesey [OK, well Norse really]  has proved to be a bit of a hurdle for Valiauga, for Ffotogallery and for its sponsors,  including the National Trust – who really ought to know better.

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2 Responses to TURNER HOUSE: NICE PICTURES – SHAME ABOUT THE SPELLING

  1. David Drake says:

    Just to clarify. You do not need to use inverted commas as Ffotogallery has been the national development agency for photography in Wales since 1978, and a registered charity since 1983. Turner House is just one of the locations we work in Wales – most recently we have been exhibiting work in Chepstow and Bristol, as well as running educational workshops in Swansea and the Valleys. In terms of the misspelt words superimposed on the photographs, these lines were taken directly from text in local tourism brochures, which included the misspelling of the name ‘Anglesey’. In transplanting the lines to some of the images, the photographer was making an ironic point about how historical details are left out or changed in the storytelling that accompanies a heritage experience such as that offered by the National Trust. The National Trust is not a sponsor of Ffotogallery, but an important and valued partner in this project. The exhibition will be on show at Tredegar House after Penarth. Ffotogallery’s relationship with the Lithuanian Photographers Association goes back six years, and Arturas Valiauga’s residency took place in 2014 soon after Lithuania had held the EU Presidency. A key figure in this relationship was the late Anthony Packer, Honorary Consul for Lithuania, a Penarth resident, who died after a long battle with cancer in January 2014. We feel his memory and achievements deserve greater respect.

    • newsnet says:

      PDN would be very interested in seeing the “local tourism brochures” which you assert had mis-spelled the word “Anglesey”.

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