10 Jun 2017 – 1 Jul 2017

Event times

11 to 18, Tuesday to Saturday

Cost of entry



Wales, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • the nearest stop is Town Hall (Clarence Street). You can reach us by bus from Cardiff, Newport, Abergavenny, Blackwood, Brynmawr, Blaenavon & Cwmbran with one or no changes. Train and bus times and changes can be found on Traveline Cymru
  • the nearest train station is Pontypool & New Inn, which is about a 20-minute (through the park) walk from the gallery, there are buses to and from town about every 10 minutes. It takes about 30 minutes from Cardiff Central. you may have to change at Newport for some services. There is also a direct train from Newport.

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"physalis" is a solo exhibition by Ukrainian photographer and camera maker, Alexey Shportun


“physalis” is a solo exhibition by Ukrainian photographer and camera maker, Alexey Shportun (who also published work under the name Alexey Ostrovskiy). Alexey is a photographer and graphic designer who lives and works in Irpin and Kiev.

The exhibition presents a collection of Alexey’s still lifes, taken on an 18 by 13 cm camera that he built and using photographic paper instead of film; some of the images are projections created with his homemade camera and captured on a digital camera. Alexey also uses modified 35mm camera lenses, a magnifying glass and an Ortagoz (an old Russian lens) in his work.

Alexey treats photography as a kind of ritual and contemplation, and it is the experience of setting the photo, the light and the process of working with paper that he enjoys the most. The still lifes he photographs are created in collaboration with his wife Katerina, who is a freelance artist.

We named the exhibition “physalis” after one of his subjects – a delicate heart-shaped plant.

You can find Alexey’s work on his page.

​“physalis” is the fourth in a series of 9 exhibition organised in 76m2 by the*kickplate*project, with the support from the Arts Council of Wales, Torfaen Council’s Arts Development and Pontypool Community Council.
10th June – 1st July
Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 18:00
2 Portland Buildings
Commercial Street
Pontypool, Torfaen
​NP4 6JS



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Dafydd Williams

Zosia Krasnowolska

Exhibiting artists

Alexey Ostrovskiy

Alexey Shportun


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