chemical bath

25 Sep 2015 – 17 Oct 2015

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Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 to 18:00

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Hanbury Road Gallery

Wales, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • the nearest stop is Bargoed os Royal Square (Hanbury Road). you can reach us by bus from Pontypridd, Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly, Newport, Blackwood & Merthyr Tydfil. it takes 40-60 minutes from Pontypridd, approximately 1h 15 minutes from Merthyr Tydfil and 1h 30 minutes from Newport. for more travel info, check Traveline Cymru
  • the nearest train station is Bargoed, which is an 8-minute walk from the gallery. it takes about 40 minutes from Cardiff Central (Penarth-Bargoed service).
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“chemical bath” is an exhibition of alternative and traditional photographic and printing techniques.


The exhibition features five photographers: Anne Campbell (Scotland), Charles Guerin (France), Toralf Sümmchen (Germany/USA), Ladislav Viszoczky (Czech Republic), and Marianne Priest (USA), and presents the array of techniques that they use in their work.

Among the techniques included are photograms, a camera-less way of capturing images. Wet plate collodion, which produces a positive image on a glass or metal plate - and is one of the earliest photographic processes, dating back to the 1880s. We’ll also be showing a collection of printing techniques including: cyanotypes, kallitypes, as well as oil, gum bichromate and lith prints, some of which were hand-coloured after printing.

The aim of the exhibition is to familiarise viewers with some of the oldest and most beautiful printing and photographic techniques, which despite the dominance of digital photography are once again becoming a popular medium for artists who prefer the texture, unpredictability and the tangibility of hand-printed and hand-made analogue images.  


the exhibition is organised by the*kickplate*project, a curatorial project aimed at bringing fine art photography to communities that don't have permanent galleries.

it is the second in a cycle of 7 exhibitions that will run over a period of 8 months in Bargoed thanks to grants from the Arts Council of Wales, Caerphilly Arts Development and Bargoed Town Council.


you can follow exhibition updates on our blog, Twitter and Facebook.


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Dafydd Williams

Zosia Krasnowolska

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Toralf Sümmchen

Anne Campbell

Ladislav Viszoczky

Charles Guerin

Marianne Priest


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