Join us for Industrial Dreams, a workshop exploring industry, archive, war, erasure, and community resilience.
What is it like to live with a past that most people would prefer to forget? How do we dream, resist, and create in industrial places? Can we reach out to the past, to archival materials, and other generations, and take the narrative into our own hands?
This one-day festival will bring together artists, film makers, archivists and people fleeing conflict to look at how the histories and experiences from industrial areas in the Ukrainian East and South Wales intertwine.
In this workshop, we will explore the ways that the industrial legacies of these places, and other industrialized regions in the UK and Ukraine, are entangled and how they speak to each other through the archive. We will bring together archival documentation of the steelworks, including records of their demise and utopian projects for the post-industrial future (e.g. the Ebbw Vale Garden Festival), with contemporary art from Wales and Ukraine that responds to the post-industrial condition in various ways, from mourning to humour and resistance.
Our workshop will culminate with the UK premiere of EURODONBAS, a documentary film exploring the historic links between industrial communities in Europe and the Ukrainian East, and the local communities in Ukraine exploring these links before Russia’s full-scale invasion of February 2022. The film also addresses the history of Welsh labour migration to Hughesovka (today’s Donetsk) at the end of the nineteenth century. We will be joined by the film’s director Kornyi Gricyuk and producer Olena Kirichek for a discussion and Q&A after the film.
Join us for part or all of this exciting event!
This workshop is realised with the support of the Art and Humanities Research Council in partnership with the University of St Andrews, EVI, and Gwent Archives.
Schedule for the day:
3pm Welcome and Introduction – Main Hall
3.10 Archival workshop – Main Hall – Whatever happened to Gryff? The industrial imaginary in Ebbw Vale and Azovstal. Centre for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv; Ebbw Vale Works Archive; Gwent Archives
4pm Break – Cafe (free Ukrainian-style drinks and snacks will be served)
4.10 Film Screening – Main Hall – ‘Life Beyond the CV’ introduced by Freefilmers, a filmmaking collective formerly based in Mariupol (now displaced to Zaporizhzhia)
4.30 Practical workshop – Main Hall – Engaging the archive & community re-photography
5:30 Break – Cafe (free Welsh and Ukrainian-style drinks and snacks will be served)
6pm Film Screening – Main Hall – UK Premiere of ‘EuroDonbas’ documentary. Introduced and discussed by producer Olena Kirichek & director Kornyi Gricyuk
Image: Oleksandr Kuchynskyi, from the series “De-industry?” produced using archival photographs by Pavlo Kashkel from the Mariupol Local History Museum.
Launching Monday 20th February | 2pm - 4pm
Launching Monday 20th February!
Tuesdays | 6.30 - 7.30pm
Wednesdays | 1pm - 3pm
Mondays | 10.30am - 11.30am
Mondays | 5 - 6pm
Thursdays | 6.30pm - 8pm
Free taster session, £3 a week for members.
Wednesday 1st February | 10am - 12pm
Wednesday 25th January | 10 - 4
Friday 20th January | 10am - 4pm
Sunday 15th January | 1pm
£11.95 (£5.50 for children under 12.)
Thursday 15th December | 6.30 - 8pm
£4 / free for children
Tues 13th December | 7.30pm
£10 General Admission / £8 Concession
Wednesday 7th December | 6.30 - 9pm
£6 / £8 on the door
Wednesday 7th December | 3pm onwards
Saturday 19th November | 2 - 5pm (other workshop dates available)
£39.50 per person (including your own wreath, mulled wine and mince pies)
Tuesday 15th November | 10am - 12pm
Thursday 3rd November
£4 / £2
Wednesday 2nd November
Monday 31st October
Wednesday 26th October | 9.15 - 3.15
Friday 21st October | 3 - 8pm (join us for all or part of this event)
Dydd Gwener 21 Hydref | 3yp - 8yh
Wednesday 28th September | 10.30am - 3pm
30th September | 10am - 12pm
Friday 30th September | 7pm - 9.30pm
£10 General Admission / £8 Concession
Commencing Tuesday 13th September
Ends October 20th
7th & 8th September | 10.30am - 3.30pm
5th September | 10am - 12pm