Ghosts in Armour returns to The Riverfront, Newport

Monday 6 September 2010, 16:00

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A multimedia art exhibition, which was inspired by the impending demolition of Whiteheads Steelworks in Newport in 2008, is returning to The Riverfront following its tour of Europe.

Ghosts in Armour, the brainchild of Newport-based photographers Matt Wright and Janire Najera, was originally held at the Newport theatre two years ago.

Photograph by Matt Wright © the artist and Ghosts in Armour 2010

Interior Bare by Matt Wright © the artist and Ghosts in Armour 2010

In the summer of 2007 the two artists gained access to the Whiteheads Steelworks site in Newport and what was originally planned as a one-off photo shoot became a creative obsession of exploring, through art, the consequence of de-industrialisation.

The pair decided to co-curate an exhibition after the site's demolition was confirmed and they invited around 25 artists and collaborators to give their artistic response to the site's structures, their imminent destruction and the effect of this on the site's associated community.

Wright and Najera continue to curate this unique project, which includes photography, video, graphic design, sculpture, poetry, fashion and multimedia art.

Traces of Light photograph by Matt Wright © Ghosts in Armour 2010

Traces of Light photograph by Matt Wright © the artist and Ghosts in Armour 2010

Ghosts in Armour features the work of over 35 international artists who explore the traces and connections of the industrial past of three European cultures undergoing transition; south Wales, the Basque Country in Spain and the Ruhr in Germany.

Since the first exhibition in 2008 the project has developed, exploring the themes of history, loss and regeneration, and has shown in a variety of European locations. This show will be its 10th incarnation.

Browse a collection of photographs of the exhibition on the BBC Local South East Wales website.

Ghosts in Armour will be held in the basement and ground floor galleries at The Riverfront from Friday 10 September to Saturday 23 October as part of Newport Festival 2010.

For more information, visit and The Riverfront website.

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