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B.A Hons Fine Art

About

Catrin is an Archivist and Artist working mainly with collections linked to post war Wales. Extra curricular activities include collecting 7" singles from the UK chart period of 1964-1966 & post war architecture of the 50s & 60s.

Experience

Catrin is currently the Project Associate for 40 Voices 40 Years project partnered by The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling and Welsh Women’s Aid.
The project will gather information, memories, successes, and materials across the 40 years of the Welsh Women’s Aid movement, from its beginnings as a collection of grassroots women’s organisations created out of the Women’s Liberation Movement of the early 1970s, to the present day

Anticipated outcomes

An touring exhibition showcasing artefacts and stories
At least forty stories will be recorded and archived with the National Library of Wales
An archive of objects associated with the Women’s Movement will be created
An academic paper
A project report
Anticipated impact

The heritage of women in Wales, the violence against women movement, and Welsh Women’s Aid will be better interpreted, explained, identified and recorded.
People will have developed new skills in heritage conservation, digital storytelling, oral history collection, engaging with community groups, and the history of the Women’s Movement.

Prior to this Catrin was the Project Associate for The Heritage of Orchards and Cider Making in Wales project, a 2 year HLF funded project partnered by GEECS and The Welsh Perry and Cider Society. By travelling the length and width of Wales, Catrin created a digital archive to capture the modern tradition of orchards and cider making in Wales. The archive is a collection of oral histories and digital stories, through interviews recorded with cider and perry producers, community orchard groups, heritage organisations and individuals involved in orcharding and producing the very Welsh produce called cider and perry. The Archive will be available as a public resource via its own website, The People’s Collection Wales and St Fagans National History Museum from April 2018. Within this period she delivered many digital story workshops & Pop Up Story shops for community orchard groups at traditional folk events such as Wassails all over Wales. In April 2017 Catrin presented a paper on her project work at The Storytelling and Place Symposium held at USW, Atrium. Catrin is currently putting the final touches together for a touring mobile exhibition that will interpret the project as a whole. The exhibition will visit venues from May 2018 starting at The National Waterfront Museum Swansea and taking in National Trust properties at Erddig Hall, Wrexham & Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan, The Welsh Perry and Cider Festival 2018 & Hereford Cider Museum.

In July 2017 Catrin worked with Swansea Museum as part of ‘The Trouble Makers Festival’ held in Swansea. Catrin recorded oral histories with Anarchists from the late 1960s & 1970s and created a short film with ‘Britain’s Most Dangerous’ man Ian Bone, capturing the underground Anarchist press and counterculture movement in south Wales during the 1970s & the beginnings ALARM! magazine. This project accumulated with an exhibition at Galerie Simpson, Swansea.

Catrin previously worked on Transforming Tate Britain – Archives & Access – Mining Josef Herman. The Archives & Access project took the largest archive of British art in the world and has made it accessible to national and international online audiences, through an ambitious programme of digitisation, learning and participation. Catrin created a large collection of oral histories alongside a large catalogue and documentation for the Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru and a digital community archive in response to the life and times of artist Josef Herman and his time living in Ystradgynlais.

Catrin exhibited as part of the Cultural Olympiad Wales 2012 with her ‘Guerilla Restoration’ practice http://catrinsaranjames.tumblr.com/

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