Gypsy maker 5: Art Exhibition at Barry’s Art Central Gallery

AN EXHIBITION to strengthen the role of Gypsies, Roma and Travelers (GRT) on the artistic scene has been launched.

The exhibition, based at Barry’s Art Central Gallery, is part of the Gypsy Maker project – it is the fifth exhibition in the series promoting GRT artists.

It includes the work of:

  • Photographer and sculptor Corrina Eastwood;
  • Sculptor Imogen Bright Moon;
  • Professional dancer and choreographer Rosamaria Cisneros.

The exhibition aims to build on work already presented and to further highlight the artistic heritage of the GRT community.

Ms Cisneros said: “Creating this cross-generational piece that explored climate justice and GRT traditions was a very moving and equally beautiful process.

“Exhibitions like these are important because they showcase the great art produced by community members and celebrate our rich culture and history.

“Making these professional artists visible shines a light on the role models and also serves as a counter-narrative to the misguided images and stereotypes that often exist.”

Work by Rosamaria Cisneros

The exhibition was organized by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company (RCAC) with funding from the Arts Council of Wales.

Ms Bright Moon said: ‘It has been a real dive into my family history, collecting stories and researching records, and finding that my loved ones were painted by Princess Victoria in 1836.

“It is a privilege to represent my Roma heritage and contribute to a larger conversation through art.”

His main work is called Black Tent/Black Sarah. It took three months to create and includes an arch with steel wires woven into the material.

Barry And District News: Black Tent/Black Sarah by Imogen Bright MoonBlack Tent/Black Sarah by Imogen Bright Moon

Ms Eastwood said it was an “honour” to be selected for Gypsy Maker 5, with her work exploring the intersectional identities of Roma women and the impact of racism on her community.

She said: “The work in the exhibition follows the conceptual journey of this creative process since the death of my father and provides insight into the often private rituals followed by those in my community following the death of a loved one.”

Barry And District News: Corrina Eastwood's work is included in the exhibitionCorrina Eastwood’s work is included in the exhibition

The work will be on display at the Art Central Gallery in Barry until May 21.

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