The Clydach Gorge

Little Gem
Little Gem

Little gem, Intaglio etching on paper, 295 x 205 mm, 2018

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Cave Dreaming detail
Cave Dreaming detail

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Cave Dreaming
Cave Dreaming

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Little Gem
Little Gem

Little gem, Intaglio etching on paper, 295 x 205 mm, 2018

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In 2017 Dr Alison Neal invited artists and writers to respond to the changes happening due to roadworks in the Clydach Gorge.

 

 I wanted to hear stories from people living in the Clydach Gorge, the site of ambitious and landscape shaping roadworks.  I asked a local gardening group to grow little gem lettuces (they are mentioned in a locally written book, Border Country by Raymond Williams) and so when they were ready I went to Clydach village and knocked on doors to exchange a gem for a story. If there was no answer I would leave the plant and a note.  I received responses both in person and via email, one of which was a digital copy of a handwritten account by a Dennis Dando of his childhood in the village. 

Clydach Gorge Collaboration website

https://clydach.weebly.com/