The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Wales, BAFTA Cymru, will host an "Audience With" event with renowned Oscar-nominated Welsh make-up artist Siân Grigg at Cardiff Met, in celebration of ‘Women Leading the Way to Wales’ within the film industry.
The University will also be gifted a portrait of the former Cardiff School of Art and Design student, which is one in a collection of prints from the BAFTA exhibition For the Love of Film: Women Leading the Way to Wales.
This is the first time the exhibition, which features selected prints from a recent exhibition held at BAFTA in London, will come to Wales and will include the addition of a new photograph of Cardiff-based BAFTA winner Siân, taken by Phil Fisk.
This latest collaboration exemplifies the University’s commitment to a practical education and working with businesses and industries to enhance employability and to ensure the most industry-relevant education for students.
Sian’s portfolio includes The Revenant; The Wolf of Wall Street, Django Unchained and The Great Gatsby.
The exhibition is part of Ffotogallery’s Diffusion Festival; is supported by the Hobson Charity and opened at CSAD today running until April 27th. It is open to the public for free during selected hours.
BAFTA’s An Audience with Siân Grigg event on April 26 coincides with the exhibition and is in partnership with Wales Screen. She will discuss her international feature film career to date, with limited tickets available to the public.
“Siân is one of Wales’ most inspiring creative practitioners, having worked on feature films such as Titanic, The Revenant (for which she was nominated for a BAFTA and Oscar), Suffragette, the recent film Goodbye Christopher Robin and Ex Machina,” said Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru.
“Following on from our presentation to Siân of our special Siân Phillips Award in 2016, we are really excited to be able to unveil the new photograph of her in the surroundings of south Wales. The evening will also offer the chance to those working, or aspiring to work, in the industry to hear about her journey, advice and thoughts about a career in film. And working with Quentin Tarantino on this summer’s release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood of course!”
Phil Fisk’s carefully staged photographic portraits commissioned by BAFTA, celebrate the passion and award-winning artistry behind modern cinema. This series includes casting agents; actors; make-up artists and producers and shines a light on the filmmaking process and the people that make it happen, both the famous faces in front of the camera and those hidden behind the scenes.
Sian’s portrait was shot on location in south Wales, a place of personal significance to her, having grown up and still being based here between film projects that take her around the world.
“We are so proud to have the opportunity to celebrate Siân’s success, which attests to her brilliance and the diversity of creative practice that is a guiding principle of Cardiff School of Art & Design,” said Olwen Moseley, Dean of the School.
“Shining a light on the range of disciplines and roles that make up the creative industries is so important to inspire the next generation of artists and designers. BAFTA and all of us involved in the creative industries know that the real story of success lies not in a narrow STEM agenda but in STEAMD (the creative application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) brought alive by the catalyst of Art and Design, crucial ingredients in the innovation and magic of film-making.
“We’re also thrilled to be hosting this exhibition of photographs, as part of the Diffusion Festival, which in itself brings alive through another creative discipline - the evidence of human creativity at its best.”
“We're thrilled that this exhibition is coming to Wales and we're able to show it as a part of Diffusion.” Said David Drake of Ffotogallery.
“Our festival theme of Sound + Vision showcases a range of artists and individuals who work in the creative industries, and shows that Cardiff's reputation as a creative hub is growing from strength to strength. I'm delighted that we are able to celebrate this with our partners at BAFTA Cymru and Cardiff Metropolitan University."
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