Makeshifting exhibition opens in Barry


Published 01 July 2015Art Central Makeshifting exhibition July 2015


Art Central, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s art gallery, launched a new exhibition last week entitled ‘Makeshifting: structures of mobility’.


The exhibition is part of the Romani Cultural and Arts Companies new venture ‘The Gypsy Maker Project’, which showcases artworks by established and emerging gypsy and traveller artists.


Central to the project is Dr Daniel Baker, the established artist, curator and theorist. Baker is a Romani Gypsy and holds a PhD on the subject of Gypsy aesthetics from the Royal College of Art, London. Baker’s work is exhibited internationally and can be found in collections across Europe, America, and Asia.


Before the official opening Jane Hutt AM gave a short yet inspiring speech to a small group, expressing the importance of more opportunities like this. She said: “inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity is rooted in Welsh Government legislation” and placed importance on “promoting Wales as a diverse, open and inclusive country”.


Chris Brown, Co-Director of G39 Gallery in Cardiff followed with a response to the artist’s work. Chris announced that he had deliberately avoided reading any of the explanation or titles to the artist work, noting down his individual thoughts in response to the artwork. He shared these interesting insights with the audience, commenting that the exhibition raised more questions than it did answers which he felt “is what a good art exhibition is supposed to do.”


Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet member for Regeneration, concluded the speeches by reflecting on the significant work undertaken by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company. Cllr Burnett said: “The organisation believes that racism is born of ignorance, and exists to promote a better understanding of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture within and beyond these communities, to promote cross cultural harmony.”


The exhibition can be seen at Art Central Gallery, King Square, Barry until 1 August. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. Entrance is free and the gallery is accessible to all.


For more information about art in the Vale, please visit the Arts and Culture page.