As a non-metropolitan, independent commercial gallery, we are part of a growing trend of photography galleries in and on the borders of Wales, in Llanrwst, Ludlow, Abertillery and now Machynlleth. We have forged links with larger institutions such as MoMA Machynlleth, The National Library of Wales and The British Library. Ffotogaleri y gofeb and the other new photography galleries are now instrumental in bringing the work of generations of important photographers to a new public, while providing a resource for galleries, museums and other institutions concerned with representing the vibrant emerging photographic cultures in non-metropolitan centres.
Ffotogaleri y Gofeb (translates as The Memorial Photography Gallery) opened in November 2017. It occupies part of the ground-floor of a C18 listed building situated behind the town’s war memorial and once served as a grocery shop, then an antique shop before its sensitive restoration and conversion into the present gallery space. One special interior feature is an unusual, massive slate lintel above the fire recess.
By exhibiting a range of photographic techniques and practices within the spheres of both the traditional and the contemporary, we aim to be informative, accessible and inspiring for visitors to the gallery; to open up fresh ways of looking at photographs, in depth, to develop an interest and to consider the pleasure of owning favourite photographs or seeking out more.
We are proud to be part of a wider community of photographers and photography galleries through association with Ffoton Wales, as well as The Eye Festival held annually in either Aberystwyth (20 miles away) or in Colwyn Bay (Oriel Colwyn) in North Wales and The Lens, at the National Library of Wales.