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International Women’s Day: Paint Jam

On 5 March, artists from across the UK gathered on the boardwalk next to the River Taff and the Principality Stadium for the ‘Back to Nature’ Paint Jam. The jam was to raise awareness of the Women’s Equality Network, a network of over 700 organisations and individuals committed to making Wales a safer and fairer place for women and girls.

International Women’s Day is an important opportunity to celebrate the contribution and achievements of women across the world. It’s also a chance to raise awareness about the rights of women and girls. In Wales, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the work done to uphold women’s rights and to consider the challenges still facing women.

Photographer Shannon Jackson went along to take some photos of the event for us:

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To see the full album of photographs, visit the We Are Cardiff Facebook page: Back to Nature photo album.

More information about the artists and the event is available from the Back to Nature Facebook event: if you’re interested in going along to support the next one, on April 9 in the same spot, there will be another one: this time, the ‘Underwater Paint Jam’. We’ll see you there!


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Empty Walls Festival 2014: the murals so far… photo blog by David Allen

So, we’re about halfway through the Empty Walls festival … and so we sent photographer David Allen out and about in Cardiff to track the progress of the murals newly adorning our streets. Read on for his experiences, and also to see his ace pics.

Artist: JOY

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The experience of following the Empty Walls project across the city was very exciting, as I had no idea what to expect from each mural. Walking from one side of the city to the other was worth finding these amazing pieces of art. It was made even better trying to pin point exactly where the art was, looking left and right, then turning a corner to find this giant piece of amazing art so different from the last.


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Artist: KERA1

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Artist: PHLEGM

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I was born in Cardiff. When I was three my family moved to Dubai, and moved back to Cardiff when I was eight, lived here ever since. Didn’t get into photography until I was eighteen, having just finished college and not knowing where I wanted my future to be, I picked up a camera and started taking photos. It started as a hobby, I spent a year teaching myself how to work a camera and started getting better and better.


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Artist: ZED

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After teaching myself to use a camera, I was determined that my future was in photography, because I thought why not make a living in what you love doing. So then I took a course in Foundation Art and Design focusing on photography at the University of South Wales Treforest campus. After receiving a merit for that course I’ve started my first year in photojournalism at University of South Wales Cardiff campus, so I can learn everything there is to know about being a photographer. So far I am loving every moment of it!

Artist: RUSS

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Dale Grimshaw and Ekstraterneks’ works are not completed yet, so I got a progress shot of each. David de la Mano’s work was completed but there were road works in the way and I couldn’t get a clear shot of it. All the other artists have yet to start their work. Keep your eyes on We Are Cardiff for when the festival has completed…


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Visit David Allen’s blog or catch him on Twitter @Dai_PhotoJ_USW
Empty Walls Project website


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Empty Walls exhibition at the Abacus – photo review

Although there’s a couple of weeks until the Empty Walls festival is finished, its exhibition at the Abacus has now been taken down. We sent photographer Benjamin Blyth along to take some snaps of the exhibits, showcasing work from some of the artists involved as well as some amazing local talents.

The show featured  Andy Fung, Gar Jon Day and Tom Kitchen, creating site specific murals within the gallery as well as hosting a collection of paintings drawings and prints from the likes of Dale Grimshaw, Rae, Elinor Evans, David De La ManoEkstraternek and more.

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Ben Blyth is a first year photojournalism student studying at the University of South Wales. Previously he lived in Newark On Trent near Nottingham before making the move last month to Cardiff. In the last year, he’s been mainly been working for Notts County Ladies FC as their official photographer and have also been working for The Newark Advertiser and The Nottingham Evening Post. He’s excited about working on live briefs whilst studying in Cardiff and getting to know the area whilst gaining experience as a photojournalist. Find him online: Twitter @PhotoJ_BenBlyth and


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