Third Floor Gallery

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Third Floor Gallery is an independent charitable[1] photography gallery in Cardiff Bay, Wales. It opened in 2010 and predominantly features documentary photography,[2] often premiering new work with the direct involvement of the photographers.[3] The gallery was set up and initially run by its founding trustees, photographers Maciej Dakowicz and Joni Karanka, and later photographer Bartosz Nowicki, with help from volunteers.[3][4][5][6]

Details[edit]

In January 2010 founding trustees photographers Maciej Dakowicz and Joni Karanka invested £1000 each to cover a quarter of the lease and the service charges for a loft in Bute Street, Cardiff Bay.[3] Third Floor Gallery opened on 12 February 2010 with an exhibition by Peter Dench.[3] From the beginning volunteers helped sustain the gallery with donations of money, and with help hanging exhibitions and staffing.[3] Within the first year of operation, Bartosz Nowicki joined as third trustee and they received charitable status.[3]

The gallery continues to be self-run and self-financed. Rather than being grant funded, it is financed through a variety of grassroots sources - it receives financial donations from visitors;[2] some of those involved in its running auction off their own photographs;[7] donations are solicited via requests through Internet social networking services; and the photographer of each exhibition donates an object from or related to it that is auctioned off.

They were noted for their use of social networking for engaging with visitors and volunteers at a time when that wasn't common place for galleries.[6]

Notable photographers that have exhibited at Third Floor Gallery include Martin Parr, David Hurn, Tom Wood, Chris Steele-Perkins,[8][9] Larry Fink, Mark Cohen, John Bulmer, Rob Hornstra,[10] Simon Roberts, Peter Dench, Ewen Spencer, Ken Grant and Vanessa Winship.[11]

In March 2012 the gallery expanded to a second floor with an additional gallery, digital darkroom, and dedicated space for community usage.[12]

Awards[edit]

  • 2011 Epic Award (Wales) - awarded by VAN to the best voluntary arts groups in the UK and Ireland.[13]

Exhibitions[edit]

  • 13 February - 7 March 2010 - LoveUK by Peter Dench.[3][11]
  • 12 March - 4 April 2010 - Up West by David Solomons.
  • 10 April - 16 May 2010 - Muse by Jocelyn Bain Hogg.[14]
  • 21 May - 6 June 2010 - ffotoCardiff group exhibition by Jocelyn Allen, Gawain Barnard, Craig Bernard, Rick Davis, Malika Delrieu, Paul Gaffney, Rob Gunn, Radoslaw Komenda, Kate Mercer, Bartosz Nowicki, Gareth Phillips, Chiara Tocci, James Thomson, Rob Watkins and Rajan Zaveri.[15]
  • 11 June - 11 July 2010 - For Love of the Game by Chris Steele-Perkins.[16]
  • 17 July - 22 August 2010 - Paradise Rivers by Carolyn Drake.[17]
  • 28 August - 3 October 2010 - strangelands by strange.rs street photography collective.
  • 10 October - 14 November 2010 - Street Photography Now. Photographs featured in the book Street Photography Now (2011) by Christophe Agou, Arif Asci, Narelle Autio, Polly Braden, Bang Byoung-Sang, Maciej Dakowicz, Carolyn Drake, Melanie Einzig, George Georgiou, David Gibson, Bruce Gilden, Thierry Girard, Andrew Z. Glickman, Siegfried Hansen, Markus Hartel, Nils Jorgensen, Richard Kalvar, Martin Kollar, Jens Olof Lasthein, Frederic Lezmi, Jesse Marlow, Jeff Mermelstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Mimi Mollica, Trent Parke, Martin Parr, Gus Powell, Mark Alor Powell, Bruno Quinquet, Paul Russell, Otto Snoek, Matt Stuart, Ying Tang, Alexey Titarenko, Nick Turpin, Munem Wasif, Alex Webb, Amani Willett, Michael Wolf, Artem Zhitenev and Wolfgang Zurborn.[18]
  • 19 November 2010 – 9 January 2011 - Passing Time by David Hurn.
  • 15 January 2011 – 13 February 2011 - A Collection by Laura Pannack.[19]
  • 19 February 2011 – 20 March 2011 - Views from Sochi by Rob Hornstra.[20]
  • 26 March - 1 May 2011 - Mi Vida Loca by Joseph Rodriguez.
  • 7 May - 12 June 2011 - The North by John Bulmer.[21][22]
  • 18 June - 24 July 2011 - The Gathering Clouds by Ben Roberts.
  • 30 July - 4 September 2011 - Arab Revolutions.
  • 10 September - 9 October 2011 - Of Duties by Stuart Griffiths, Jay Romano and Tim and Matt Bowditch.
  • 15 October - 13 November 2011 - Selected Works by Sergey Chilikov.
  • 19 November 2011 – 8 January 2012 - Behind the Curtains by Tomas van Houtryve.[23]
  • 13 January - 19 February 2012 - Larry Fink: Somewhere There's Music by Larry Fink.
  • 25 February - 25 March 2012 - Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi.
  • 17 March 2012 – 6 May 2012 - V.D. by Vincent Delbrouck.
  • 31 March 2012 – 6 May 2012 - Family by Chris Verene.
  • 5 May 2012 – 17 June 2012 - The Last Resort by Martin Parr and Tom Wood.
  • 12 May 2012 – 2 July 2012 - Caravan by Rikard Laving.
  • 23 June 2012 – 12 August 2012 - Teenagers by Ewen Spencer.[24]
  • 14 July 2012 – 2 September 2012 - We English by Simon Roberts.[25]
  • 18 August 2012 – 7 October 2012 - Encuentro by Maurice Gunning.
  • 15 September - 28 October 2012 - Burn My Eye by the Burn My Eye street photography collective, Zisis Kardianos, Charlie Kirk, Andrew Kochanowski, Alexandros Konstantinakis Karmis, Frédéric Le Mauff, TC Lin, JB Maher, Jason Penner, Justin Sainsbury, Jack Simon and Justin Vogel.
  • 14 October - 2 December 2012 - Cardiff After Dark by Maciej Dakowicz.[26]
  • 3 November 2012 - 15 February 2013 - Winter In America by Justin Maxton and Erin Trieb.
  • 8 December 2012 - 27 January 2013 Grim Street by Mark Cohen.
  • 2 February 2013 - 17 March 2013 - After the Fall by Hin Chua.
  • 24 March 2013 - 28 April 2013 - Life After Zog and Other Stories by Chiara Tocci.
  • 5 May 2013 - 16 June 2013 - Urban Quilombo by Sebastian Liste.
  • 22 June 2013 - 28 July 2013 - Georgia by Vanessa Winship.
  • 26 July 2013 - 10 August 2013 - Muse By Jocelyn Bain Hogg.
  • 10 August 2013 - 15 September 2013 - Pictures From the Real World by David Moore.
  • 22 September 2013 - 20 October 2013 - Y Tir Newydd / The New Land by Gareth Phillips.[27]
  • 26 October 2013 - 1 December 2013 - Distant Horizons by Transit Collective, Alexa Brunet, Alexandra Frankewitz, Bastien Defives, David Richard, Nanda Gonzague, Yohanne Lamoulere, Helene Jayet. Part of Diffusion Festival 2013.
  • 14 December 2013 – 26 January 2014 - Close to You by Jacob Aue Sobol.[28]
  • 3 May 2014 – 29 June 2014 - Shift: Ukraine in crisis. Photographs by Alexander Chekmenev, Maxim Dondyuk, Corentin Fohlen, Louisa Gouliamaki, Brendan Hoffman, Tom Jamieson, Marco Kesseler, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Donald Weber and Emine Ziyatdinova.[29][30]
  • 5 July 2014 - 24 August 2014 - Flock by Ken Grant.[31]
  • 6 September 2014 - 5 October 2014 - Tableaux Vivant by Alexandra Boulat.[32]
  • 8 November 2014 - 14 December 2014 - Swell by Mateusz Sarello.[33]
  • 25 April 2015 – 17 May 2015 - Welsh Farming Community by Peter Jones.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Third Floor Gallery Trust register at the Charity Commission". Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Karen Price (16 July 2010). "Photographer giving rivers a modern twist". Wales Online. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Waldram, Hannah (11 February 2011). "Third Floor Gallery: A year in pictures". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "About The Gallery". Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Waldram, Hannah (15 February 2010). "New gallery opens in Cardiff". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Third Way". British Journal of Photography (Incisive Financial Publishing Limited) 157 (7778): 87. 2010. 
  7. ^ "New gallery opens in city". Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Chris Steele-Perkins. ""For Love of the Game". Third Floor Gallery. Archived from the original on 11 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Joni Karanka (2 June 2010). "For Love of the Game". artcardiff.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  10. ^ ""Behind the Curtains" by Tomas Van Houtryve". Third Floor Gallery. Archived from the original on 11 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Love in a cold climate. Sunday Times, 7 February 2010.
  12. ^ Laurent, Olivier (27 October 2011). "Third Floor Gallery unveils expansion plans". British Journal of Photography. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013. The Third Floor Gallery has unveiled plans to expand from one gallery space to two, as it launches a call for donations. The new space, located on the second floor of the gallery's premises, would also include a digital darkroom, as well as a dedicated space for community use. 
  13. ^ "Welcome to the Epic Awards 2011". Epicawards.co.uk. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Muse - Jocelyn Bain Hogg at Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff Bay." Western Mail, 23 April 2010.
  15. ^ Ffotocardiff, Third Floor Gallery. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  16. ^ Joni Karanka, "For Love of the Game", artcardiff.com, 2 June 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  17. ^ "Photographer giving rivers a modern twist." Western Mail, 16 July 2010.
  18. ^ "Street photography now at the Third Floor Gallery", In-Public, 5 October 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  19. ^ "A Collection - Laura Pannack". Visit Cardiff. Retrieved 2 April 2013. [dead link]
  20. ^ "“Views from Sochi” by Rob Hornstra". Third Floor Gallery. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "The North: John Bulmer's shots capture a moment in time at Third Floor Gallery Cardiff", Culture24, 6 May 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  22. ^ "“The North” by John Bulmer". Third Floor Gallery. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  23. ^ Tomas Van Houtryve. ""Behind the Curtains"". Third Floor Gallery. Archived from the original on 21 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "“Teenagers” by Ewen Spencer". Third Floor Gallery. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "“We English” by Simon Roberts". Third Floor Gallery. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  26. ^ BBC News South East Wales (13 October 2012). "Cardiff After Dark nightlife photos to go on show". Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  27. ^ "22 September 2013 – 20 October 2013, 3rd floor", Third Floor Gallery. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  28. ^ "14 December 2013 – 26 January 2014, 3rd floor", Third Floor Gallery. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  29. ^ "Saturday May 3 – Sunday June 29, 2014", Third Floor Gallery. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  30. ^ "Exhibitions: Shift: Ukraine in Crisis", VII Photo Agency. 29 September 2014.
  31. ^ "“FLOCK” by Ken Grant", Third Floor Gallery. Retrieved 4 July 2014.[dead link]
  32. ^ "Tableaux Vivant – Alexandra Boulat", Third Floor Gallery. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  33. ^ "Swell – Mateusz Sarello", Third Floor Gallery. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  34. ^ "Exhibition Opening: Peter Jones – Welsh Farming Community". Third Floor Gallery. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 

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