I let myself be bird

4 Apr 2016 – 22 Apr 2016

Event times

Monday to Saturday, 10.30 to 18.00

Cost of entry


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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an exhibition of photographs by Berlin-based Bulgarian artist Stanka Koleva, who works with the gelatin silver process


Stanka grew up in the Black Sea town of Bourgas and has been a photographer since the year 2000. She began taking photographs after inheriting her first camera from her grandfather and learning the printing techniques she uses now from the owner of the last commercial darkroom in Bourgas.

Working with film, medium format cameras and printing the images herself using the gelatin silver processStanka creates dream-like, provocative and multi layered images full of light, fluidity and movement. Often ambiguous in their meaning, Stanka's photos leave the interpretation up to the viewer. 

“I let myself be bird” is the 7th and last exhibition that will take place in the Hanbury Road Gallery, a project run since August 2015 in Bargoed by the*kickplate*project with the financial support of the Arts Council of Wales (Welsh Government and Lottery Funding), Caerphilly Arts Development and Bargoed Town Council.

You can find more of Stanka's  photographs in her portfolio and on flickr


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Dafydd Williams

Zosia Krasnowolska

Exhibiting artists

Stanka Koleva


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