Between the Lines 2011-

Drawing our community together through the medium of portraits
 

In 2011, with Barry, South Wales, as the focal point, Glyn Pooley commenced a series of portraits of people he met every day who he felt touched the community in some way or form. Each person involved suggested another living person who they knew personally who they believed had made an outstanding contribution to the community at large, and was an inspiration in their lives. Glyn drew these people, who then recommended someone else, and so the process repeated itself creating a web of interactions which map our community spirit. The aim is for the project to be as diverse and authentic as possible, being led by those taking part.

 Through the combined mediums of pencil drawings, black and white film photographs and written statements a unique record of community life in Wales and the U.K. is being documented. A portrait is drawn from an individual sitting with the artist and a black and white silver gelatin photograph taken of each participant. Each person is invited to write a short profile of their lives and offer a written message to the viewer. The result is a dialogue between each individual sitter and the viewer. The multi—dimensional nature of the portraits reveals the often complex layers of individuals; their personal challenges, their strengths, their insights, and their determination to overcome adversity.

 Through art, Between the Lines celebrates the strength of community life in Wales and its  links within the U.K. and beyond. It focuses on the contribution individuals make to achieve the community they wish to live in. It aims to give an insight into what motivates those people who actively contribute to the community  and how their actions help and inspire others.  From local builders, teachers, first responders, park rangers, politicians, grandmothers to ocean rowers and Tibetan Buddhist monks, the project aims to show how strong the Welsh community is, how it links with a global community, and shine a light on who these people are and what they value.

 What Between the Lines has revealed is that we should be proud of our local Welsh Community and its links with the rest of the world; we are all interconnected; bonded by our community, our contribution and our shared humanity.

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A number of films about the making of 'Between the Lines' by the award-winning filmaker Steven Toozer and exhibition presentations can be viewed here.

BETWEEN THE LINES Participants so far include:

Stan Stenett - Entertainer         Rowan Williams - Former Archbishop of Canterbury.     Charles Byrd – Artist     Steve Brace  – Olympic Marathon Runner      Carwyn Jones  – First Minister of Wales        Ilora Finley  - ‘People’s Peer’- Leading doctor of Palliative Care.       Wynford Ellis Owen - Writer, Actor, Founder of The Living Room Project.         Deirdre Beddoe – Historian       Barry Morgan –Archbishop of Wales       Julie Williams - Chief Scientist for Wales.    Laura McAllister - Chair Sport Wales.       Roy Noble  . - Broadcaster.  Arfon Evans - Yesterday, a Rhondda Coal miner, a Communist, a student of Marxism.Today a follower of Jesus.     Darcus Howe - Lawyer, writer, journalist.     Molly Conway  -  Resident of Gibbonsdown Estate.     Neville Wilshire - C.E.O ‘The Call Centre’     Sharon Lovell – Director of Children’s rights charity       John Haskell – Ocean Rower, Father, Fire- fighter      Dilys Colbourne . – Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother        Rhodri Morgan   – First Minister of Wales 2000 – 2009      Lama Lobsang Topgyal – Tibetan Buddhist Monk     Dorothy Connell – Musician and Community Worker       Glyn Pooley   – Artist      Jane Hutt – Politician     Brian Foley – First Responder       Neil Hillman – Singer, Songwriter      Marco Zeraschi – Café Owner, Entertainer     June Pooley – Christian, always thinking of others. Nana     Jonathan Hicks – Military Historian, Novelist, Head Teacher      Karl Davies – Chief Advisor, Wales, BBC Trust       Gareth Jacobs – 40M, GS0H, educated, employed, CO, HO. Likes being with friends and foe      Paul Duggan – Father, Musician, Reluctant Gardener     Hannah Fitt – Director of the SAFE Foundation     John Greatrex – Park Manager     Christine Osbourne – Yoga Teacher      Caroline Oxenham – Retired Teacher           Richard Birtin – Local Politician       Dennis Harkus – Retired Local Government Officer       Audrey Jones – Persistent Optimist      Atarpani – Buddhist              Karl Kuhnell – Proud Barrian      Sagaradana – Buddhist and Father      Tony Leat – Ragged Trousered Philanthropist             Manager, Woodsman        Christie Leat – Bowen – Artist, Careworker      Steve Jacques – Retired College Lecturer              Mark Dickenson – Laid Back Inventor                 Sharon Richardson – Café Owner       Jennifer Wilson – Finance Administrator        Brian Brooks – Builder

 

Audrey Jones

Audrey Jones

“Persistent optimist”

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Caroline Oxenham

Retired teacher

Carwyn Jones

Carwyn Jones

First Minister of Wales.

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Christie Leat Bowen

Artist and Care Worker.

Darcus Howe

Darcus Howe

Journalist & Broadcaster

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Dennis Harkus

Retired local goverment officer.

Dilys Colbourne

Dilys Colbourne

Dilys Colbourne MBE
Mother,Grandmother,
Greatgrandmother, wife, and Secretary of Barry Citizens Action Group.

 

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Dorothy Connell

Musician and community worker.

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Dr Barry Morgan

Archbishop of Wales.

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Dr Jonathan Hicks

Military historian, novelist, headteacher, Cardiff City supporter but, above all, husband and father.

Dr. Rowan Williams

Dr. Rowan Williams

Former Archbishop of Canterbury 2002 - 2012

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Gareth Jacobs

Gareth 40 M, GSOH, Educated, Employed, CO, HO
Likes having fun and being with friends and foe.
 

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Hannah Fitt

Director
The SAFE Foundation
 

Jane Hutt

Jane Hutt

Politician.

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John Haskell

Ocean rower, father, firefighter.

John Stacey Marks

John Stacey Marks

John Stacey Marks

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Jon Greatrex

Park Manager.

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June Pooley

Christian, Mother and Nana.

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Karl Davies

Chief Adviser Wales, BBC Trust - A bridge between the BBC and the people it belongs to - the audience

Karl Kurhnel

Karl Kurhnel

Karl Kuhnell

‘Proud Barrian’.

Lama Lobsang Topgyal

Lama Lobsang Topgyal

Tibetan Budhist Monk.

 

Marco Zeraschi

Marco Zeraschi

Cafe owner, Entertainer.

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Mark Dickenson

Laid back inventor.

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Art is deliverance, even in suffering. But to those outcasts who do not appreciate freedom of thought, art is a crime.

Greatness lies in conception, in the eye, the heart, and the hand of the artist, and not in the geometric dimensions of the work.

Blessed artist, even if your art is one of misfortune, pick up your load and move along on your pilgrimage, following any road.

Georges Rouault.