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Exhibition asks: How do you think and feel about Independence?

15 Feb 2024 3 minute read
Richard Jones: Annibyniaeth barn

From flags to horses via castles and dragons, there are plenty of thought-provoking images to be found in an exciting photography exhibition examining how people think and feel about independence across three nations. 

The collection of 46 photographs from Wales, Scotland and Catalonia brings together the work of 35 photographers at the official reception at Oriel Carn, Caernarfon this evening (Thursday 15 February), in the company of local Arfon MS, Siân Gwenllian.

Academic project

Photographers David Garner and Richard Jones will be joined by Dr Elin Royles and Dr Anwen Elias from the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society at Aberystwyth University, who conceived the non-partisan, academic project behind the exhibition, which challenges traditional research methods that often rely on demographic data and survey results. 

All gallery visitors are encouraged to contribute their own thoughts and feelings after seeing the free exhibition, which also has free activities for all the family

Marching in Merthyr: Clint Thomas

Clint Thomas, said about his piece, Marching in Merthyr: “There’s a mix of myths and history, and solidarity from people from elsewhere. It’s a feeling of coming together, of belonging, there’s hope for the future.”

David Garner’s piece, Who holds the power? asks: “As global capitalism does not have any regard for communities or for individuals, would independence give Wales greater power in relation to industry? Would Wales be better off?”


Gala Espin Aroyo’s piece shows a table setting. She said: “For Christmas dinner, family members decided not to attend because of differences in position on independence and the situation of Catalonia.”


Kieran Clarke, from Scotland, said about his piece, Finlay’s sunset: “My attitude towards independence has changed, from having a strong opinion to feeling confused and unsure following discussions and hearing different points of view.”

Finlay’s Sunset: Kieran Clarke

Regarding his piece, Annibyniaeth barn (Independent opinion), Richard Jones said: “Whereas the right to an independent opinion is so important, expressing your views can be challenging, particularly on social media. It leads to simplistic discussions, choose black or white, with little space to discuss the grey in the middle.”

The exhibition comprises work by photographers from Aberystwyth Camera Club; Workers Gallery in Ynyshir, y Rhondda; Foto-Cine Mataró d’UEC (Mataró Camera Club); and IEFC: Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya (Catalonia Institute of Photographic Studies).

The exhibition is part of a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the WISERD/ ESRC Civil Society Research Centre (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data).

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Richard Davies
Richard Davies
5 months ago

Independence cannot come about soon enough (for all 3)!

Malcolm Jones
Malcolm Jones
5 months ago

Has england got anything that Wales hasn’t got??? We have plenty that england has not got we must stop them from raping the fair country it’s gone on for far for too long wake up you Welsh people let’s have our independence and stop them from taking our resources

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
5 months ago

It’s a simple premise.Independence is a natural state. For example. We are born, for a brief period are dependent for our sustenance, before becoming strong enough to fend for ourselves by leaving the confines of our environment. This process occurs in the natural world. And although dependency is vital in the beginning when at your most vulnerable, it then becomes an unnatural state if deliberately perpetuated, meaning you as individual/group/ state are unable to defend, function or feed yourselves without assistance are open to control & coercion by an outside force, usually done with malicious intent. So with that said.… Read more »

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