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Rookwood PhotoRenga: 1st line 7th April morning PhotoRenga, 2nd line 7th April afternoon PhotoRenga, 3rd line 28th April morning PhotoRenga, 4th line 28th April afternoon PhotoRenga

Rookwood Hospital PhotoRenga

Patients and staff produced a series of PhotoRengas in workshops at Rookwood Hospital, Llandaff on 7th and 28th April 2017. The history of the building is fascinating, having been built by a wealthy Cardiff family, and then used as a hospital for officers during the First World War. It has more recently been home to a number of specialist NHS units, many of which are now transferring to other sites in Cardiff.

The PhotoRengas are inspired by an ancient, courtly form of Japanese poetry, in which sequences of haiku construct complex and profound poems. The aim of the PhotoRenga project is to produce a series of short, collective visual poems and the project originally began when members of the Acquired Brain Injury Group, then based at Rookwood Hospital, asked for a project they could all take part in.

The works produced in these Rookwood PhotoRengas workshops will be shown at a special open event at Insole Court on 27th and 28th July. They will then be shown at The HeARTh Gallery at Llandough Hospital in early 2018. The Rookwood Hospital PhotoRenga workshops and exhibition have been funded by the Big Lottery and supported by Cardiff & Vale Health Charity.

The workshops have previously been hosted by g39 gallery in Cardiff, madeinroath, The Hanbury Road Gallery in Bargoed and Ffotogallery in Penarth. The Rookwood Hospital PhotoRengas will be produced in an eBook and as a touring exhibition in 2018.

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Photographs by David Sinden & Kate Woodward and the artists: all rights reserved 2017