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Hole in wall becomes art gallery


A hole in the wall with an artistic difference

A small metal alcove on the side of a clothing store is being transformed into a mini contemporary art gallery.

Art graduates Sam Aldridge and Paula Morison decided to turn a 20x28cm hole on the side of Peacocks in Roath, Cardiff, into a showcase for art.

The pair said they had chosen the hole because it was an unconventional space no longer in use.

Five artists - from Wales, Liverpool and Sweden - will take turns to exhibit their work from Friday.

Mr Aldridge, 22, said he was not entirely sure what the alcove was originally used for but it was perfect for exhibiting art.

We didn't see any real function for it and it seemed the perfect place to put something in
Sam Aldridge

"We don't know what it was, there's many ideas. I think it was originally an electrical box but we liked it for its non-use now," he said.

"It's just used now for putting out cigarettes so that's a function in one way isn't it?

"We didn't see any real function for it and it seemed the perfect place to put something in."

'Hole in the Wall', just off the busy Albany Road shopping street, will be open to the public 24 hours a day and will feature a different artist each week.

The exhibition starts with work by Liverpool-based Brendan Lyons, who will use sheets of paint to mimic materials such as bin bags or plastic sheeting.

Hole in the wall
Brendan Lyons: Using sheets of paint to mimic mundane materials such as bin bags
Veronica Forsgren: Sculpting flowers from rubbish
Rebecca Spooner: Creating a shrine with offerings placed around an animal
Mark Houghton: Producing a three-dimensional abstract painting comprising of shapes and colours
Megan Broadmeadow: Creating a tiny garage door to blend into the surroundings

Cardiff artist Rebecca Spooner is creating a shrine with offerings placed around an animal, and she hopes passers-by will leave offerings of their own.

The exhibition will be concluded by Welsh artist Megan Broadmeadow, who is creating a tiny garage door to blend into the street.

Mr Aldridge, who graduated in fine art at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, said the artists were excited about the challenge of creating work for such an unusual site.

"We put out the call for entries and we had a lot of really good applicants and a lot of variety," he said.

"People found it an interesting space to challenge them in their work and produce something completely different.

"The main thing is that people enjoy seeing it and see what happens. Hopefully we will get a good reaction from the public who will see it."

• The Open Empty Spaces project will also include an exhibition in and around the River Taff in Bute Park, Cardiff, from 22 May.

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