Cardiff Pride of Place Project in full swing at Diffusion Festival


Outside the Pride of Place Project

The Cardiff Pride of Place Project is giving visitors an opportunity to define where they live – and how they live – in the twentyfirst
century, through research conducted in the spirit of ‘Mass Observation’. The exhibition opened with photos of Cardiff by The
Caravan Gallery as a catalyst to get people talking. A selection of images from an open submission photography competition
which asked What does Cardiff mean to you? also formed part of the opening display , with prizes donated by local businesses.

Local residents and visitors are invited to contribute by sharing their views and using their creative talents – writing,
photography, drawing, video, sculpture, singing, knitting, whatever – to help produce a wonderfully anarchic and refreshingly
honest exhibition-cum-alternative-tourist-information-centre celebrating the city and its character. The exhibition, curated by The
Caravan Gallery, is growing daily as visitors add their own observations, little known facts and creations to The People’s Map
and The People’s Wall, and an unusually entertaining survey gives residents and visitors from elsewhere a chance to say what
they think about Cardiff past present and future.

Paintings by local artist

Jan and Chris say ‘This is a great opportunity for the people of Cardiff to show off their local knowledge and creativity.
Everyone is welcome to participate – schools, colleges, arts, crafts and community groups, photography and local history
societies, sports associations, gardening clubs, writers and musicians, local food producers, shoppers, road sweepers, civil
servants etc. We want to know about your Cardiff!’

Since the exhibition opened, the walls of The Abacus have been filling up with Cardiff-related words, pictures and objects
provided by members of the public. Contributions include 2D and 3D artworks, photos, films, scrapbooks, old postcards,
books and brochures, souvenirs and memorabilia. Items may be scanned and returned or kept until the end of the exhibition.

Alternatively they can be donated to The Caravan Gallery archive. Some of the material collected will appear in a
commemorative publication produced at a later date. The Cardiff Pride of Place Project will open with a launch event and end
with a closing celebration where participants and visitors can admire the finished display.

The Wall of Dave by Dan Green

The Wall of Dave by Dan Green

The Caravan Gallery’s citywide project in Cardiff combines three major components:

  • extra{ordinary} – National touring exhibition
  • Cardiff Pride of Place Project –  The Abacus
  • Cardiff Caravan Gallery Tour – Unique mobile gallery stopping at six spots in the city (
  • Tiger Bay of Cardiff, The Caravan Gallery

    Tiger Bay of Cardiff, The Caravan Gallery