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Talk – Oriel Machno: the story (so far) of a rural community project space

16 June 2023

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm


Join us for a free public event with artist Kristin Luke. The talk will focus on the journey and possibilities of a rural community project space, Oriel Machno, in Penmachno. Once a shop, then a photography darkroom, it has been transformed into a communal space with programmes of activities and exhibitions driven by the community in Penmachno. It is an example of how collaborative creative work can empower communities and strengthen shared identities.

This event is a part of the Isdyfiant project generously funded by Natural Resources Wales.

Please note there may be a photographer present at this event, you may give or refuse consent to be photographed on the day.

Artist profiles and statements

Kristin Luke

Kristin Luke is an artist who works across film, installation and participatory projects. She has recently opened Oriel Machno, a rural community gallery in Penmachno, North Wales. She has worked on numerous projects which have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including a co-run project, the Mobile Feminist Library, which was exhibited at Mostyn in 2021.

Kristin Luke (born in 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA and based in Penmachno, Snowdonia, Wales) works across film, sculpture and participatory projects. Since 2018 she has co-run the Mobile Feminist Library. She is currently an artist advisor on the R&D project Dyffryn Dyfodol. She has recently opened Oriel Machno, a rural community gallery in North Wales. From 2019–2020 Luke was artist-in-residence for The Wall Is _____, a collaboration with a North Wales housing estate about a boundary wall, supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. From 2017–18 she was an editorial group member for Schooling & Culture, a journal on radical education produced in collaboration with MayDay Rooms and The Showroom. In 2015–16 she was an Open School East Associate. Her work and projects have been exhibited at galleries including The Showroom (London); Forum Box (Helsinki); MOSTYN (Llandudno, North Wales); De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-on-Sea); South London Gallery; Arnolfini (Bristol); Somerset House (London); Enclave (London); AND/OR (London); Bas Fischer Invitational (Miami); Jerwood Arts (London).

For more information visit Kristin Luke’s website and instagram:@kristinjluke


Event information

Cost: Free

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