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Exhibition marks first year of We Are Cardiff

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 14:41 UK time, Thursday, 11 August 2011

A Cardiff-based community arts project is celebrating its first birthday with an exhibition showing highlights from its inaugural year.

If you've not had the good fortune to stumble across the We Are Cardiff website before, let me point you in its direction.

This great little creative project is run by hack/flash, a collective that works on community art projects in Cardiff, and is a success primarily due to user generated content.

In non-techy terms, members of the public submit their own writing, musings or poetry on the subject of why they live in and love Wales' capital city. Add a photo to each article of the contributor in their favourite part of their home city. Bob's your uncle.

A simple idea it may be, but as a Cardiff girl born and bred I love reading these short excerpts about why other people from a diverse range of backgrounds enjoy living here. As a former Riverside resident I laughed heartily at John Davies' recent account, and the piece by Welsh poet Mab Jones is also one of my favourites.

The project has been running for a year now and to mark this the organisers have created an exhibition of the photographs and stories at the Futures Gallery in the Pierhead building in Cardiff Bay.

Adam Chard, one of the team behind We Are Cardiff who often snaps the contributors in their chosen spaces of the city, has sent me some photos to give you a sneak peak of the exhibition.

Photo taken at the We Are Cardiff Exhibition. Image © Adam Chard

 

Photo taken at the We Are Cardiff Exhibition. Image © Adam Chard

 

Photo taken at the We Are Cardiff Exhibition. Image © Adam Chard

 

Photo taken at the We Are Cardiff Exhibition. Image © Adam Chard

Photos taken at the We Are Cardiff Exhibition. All images © Adam Chard

The We Are Cardiff exhibition is open at the Futures Gallery at the Pierhead from 10.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Saturday. It runs until 9 September 2011.

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