MFA-Documentary Photography, University of Wales, Newport 2011
PGCE- Cardiff University 2005
BA- Photography in the Arts, University of Wales, Swansea 1999
Born in the South Wales Valleys, Gawain’s Photographic work and research has focused around the environment and people of his youth. Making quiet portraits of adolescence and precise observations of their surroundings Gawain brings new and fresh reflections of the once industrialised regions of South Wales.
His work has been exhibited national and internationally. http://www.gawainbarnard.com
2011 September, Maybe We’ll Be Soldiers, Ffotogallery, Cardiff
2012 February, Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery, New York. Emerging Artists Exhibition.
2011 April, Images from Journey’s By Train will be exhibited on the Trans-Siberian Express, traveling from Moscow to Beijing
2010 October-November, Trace Gallery, Cornwall, UK
2010 July 29th-Septeber 5th, Fotosommer Stuttgart, Germany
2010 May-June, Ffotocardiff: Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, UK
2010 February, Do I have to Paint you a picture: Artist led Polaroid showcase, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff, UK
2009 December, MFA Graduate show: Across the Line: Ffotogallery, Penarth. UK
2009 February, New shoots: The Centrespace, Bristol, UK
2008 January, Adult Adolescence: Ffloc Gallery, Centre for Photographic research, Newport, UK
2007 March, Abandoned Chairs: Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, UK
1999 June, Swansea university graduate show the Custard factory, Birmingham, UK
1999, April, Avenue X (A New York Exodus): The Chattery, Swansea, UK
Print and online publications and interviews include:
2013-May, A Fine Beginning, The first collective publication of contemporary Welsh Photography.
Aestetica magazine, Buzz magazine, Creative boom, SeeSaw magazine, BBC.
Member of Ffotogallery
My research is an alternative commentary on the well-known sociological theory ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’, and is in response to a narrative drawn from a personal relationship with the culture and landscape of the South Wales Valleys.
The principle subtexts within my research are youth and landscape, both are used to explore the pre-conceived notions of social background (not social class) versus ability and individual potential. I draw on memory and place to examine the changing sense and changing opinion of a people who may or may not regard themselves as typical and modern Europeans.
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