There have been further changes carried out at Penarth’s historic Grade II Listed building , the Turner House Art Gallery in Plymouth Road.
Part of the former art gallery – which once housed works by the famous artist JMW Turner – have been converted into ground floor library and administrative offices whilst all the exhibition material is now confined to the first floor.
A free-standing orange-coloured vertical display poster has now been installed outside the main entrance to the building – although its presence may possibly fall foul of the restrictions which apply to banner advertising within the Penarth Conservation Area. [Many organisations in the Conservation Area – even local churches – have been the subject of enforcement investigations by the Vale of Glamorgan Council for illegally displaying exterior banners] .
The building – along with its priceless collection of paintings by JMW Turner – was given to the people of Penarth by the flour-milling magnate – but was subsequently acquired by the National Museum of Wales which locked the paintings away in its vaults and leased out the building to the publicly funded photographic charity”Ffotogallery”.
The lease is due to end shortly and Penarth Town Council has expressed an interest in taking over the running of Turner House when Ffotogallery vacates the building next year.
Last month Penarth Town Council officially confirmed it is in talks with the National Museum of Wales with a view of taking over the Turner House Art Gallery and – subject to agreement being reached – it plans to convert Turner House into “a new multi-purpose cultural venue” to promote the culture and heritage of the area.
Currently at Turner House, Ffotogallery is showing a exhibition comprising entirely of a collection of its old Ffotogallery promotional posters – most of them in monochrome.
The charity states that exhibition is being held to mark the 40th anniversary of the launch of the organisation in Cardiff in 1978 – when it was called “Yr Oriel Ffotograffeg“[ The Photographic Gallery] . The current display at Turner House Penarth is intended to ” tell the story of how Ffotogallery developed over those forty years, against the backdrop of changes in the nature and role of photography in society and the rise of digital culture”.
At the same time Ffotogallery is launching a “40th anniversary fundraising campaign” to cover the fit out and development of a new international centre for photography in Cardiff.