Starting Point for The Library of Pilgrimages with Space Place Practice

In recent work, I have been exploring what 'safe', 'unsafe' and the state inbetween them feel like and mean to me. Safe and unsafe ‘spaces’ can be found in our every day experiences. A physical location, a word or a gesture can delineate the transition from feeling safe to unsafe and back again I created a safe/ unsafe space installation in January at Arcade Cardiff. Alongside the installation I also made a dance work exploring how during our everyday interactions we transverse safe and unsafe situations continually.

With art group Space Place Practice, I am developing a work of a group show, The Library of Pilgrimages. For my pilgrimage I want to do a walk and find 'safe spaces' in situ. these may be location or people. Where exactly I will walk, I am not sure. I want to do a circular walk, maybe more than once. I have been thinking about the bracelet of religious medals I made as a child. I gained these medals by reading in church. One of them had a piece of fabric attached to the back of it allegedly touched by the relic of St Terese of Liscieux. I want to weave in the idea of souvenirs of experience into the work…


Making I Am Maindee

CNC Milling first batch of I Am Maindee signs
Hand finishing an I Am Maindee sign
Mess left behind after machining the first batch of signs


Playing Safe Underground

'What It Is Rite' in Llangattock Escarpment
I took a 'safe' sign underground today. Photographed it. Then turned all lights off and listened.


What It Is Rite - International Womens Day

I did a talk yesterday about 'What It Is Rite' and what being safe means as part of International Womens day activity at Riverfront Arts Centre in Newport. It was at the end of a day talks by women with experiences of forced marriage, FGM, bullying, asylum seeking, being shot… all very inspiring and heart warming to hear how these women had survived extreme events.

I attempted to get the audience to make a safe sign with me….

Photo courtesy of Steph Roberts

Audience made sign added into installation


Llangattock Escarpment

Today I explored Llangattock Escarpment near Crickhowell. Until now I have only been in caves that are 'visitor attractions'. I was with a friend who was making a film, so I got to wander off and explore on my own. This was an odd experience. Total darkness (when I switched the torch off). Almost no sound except the dripping of water down the rock faces. My torch caught the evidence of previous visitors… centuries of graffiti. Other people were in the cave system, some trainee soldiers and a couple with a dog and a (of all things) a stepladder…

Outside the cave

The cave has been used as a church
'Tar' like droplets gave part of the cave a sparkly effect


I Am Maindee - Selection Sheet

Trader, organisation or individual based in Maindee, Newport?
Want to get involved in the I Am Maindee art installation?
Are you willing to show your pride in Maindee and display a LED sign in your window for up to a year?

Choose a style option listed below. The patterns are taken from buildings in Maindee.

Choose to have a sign in one of 20 languages used in Maindee: Arabic, Bengali, Czech, English, French, Hindi, Italian, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Punjabi, Romany, Roma, Russian, Slovak, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh

Contact Victoria Jones before 19th of March 2016 with your choices at victoria@enterthehighfields.com

1. Plain (3 lines)
size 500mm x 230mm

2. Plain (2 lines)
size 500mm x 230mm
3. Victoria Avenue
size 500mm x 400mm
4. Church Road
size 500mm x 400mm
5. Summerhill Avenue
size 500mm x 400mm
6. Christchurch Road
size 500mm x 400mm
7. Chepstow Road
size 500mm x 400mm
8. Maindee Baths
size 500mm x 400mm


I AM MAINDEE - but where exactly am I?

I've always known where Maindee is, or so I thought. Although I didn't grow up in Maindee, I did go to primary school there at St Joseph's In Fairoak Avenue (1973 - 1980). I did my Art Foundation year in Church Road in 1988. I have l lived in Maindee since 2007. I have assumed I know where I am, where Maindee is.... but looking at maps shows me that Maindee is a slightly different location dependent on the map you use.

On this 1953 map, Maindee features prominantly. The label is far outside what I would consider to be classed as Maindee

This 2005 map has the Maindee label in an area I would consider to be Eveswell
In this 2007 map, Maindee is close to Woodland Park
Where I think Maindee is....

I Am Maindee - finding patterns

As part of the I Am Maindee project, I have been looking at the architecture of the area..in particular patterns embedded in buildings.
Chepstow Road
Victoria Avenue
Victoria Avenue

Somerville Road
Somerville Road
Christchurch Road
Church Road

I Am Maindee

Mock up of signs on Chepstow Road, Maindee, Newport, Wales

Currently I am making a piece of work commissioned by Maindee Unlimited as part of their Finding Maindee project. The work will be an installation which will span across an area of Newport, Wales... Maindee It will be a series of LED signs each displaying the phrase I Am Maindee. By opting into the project the idea is that whoever displays a sign is actively displaying their pride in the area.One of the local primary schools is reknown for facilitating the 20 languages used by local people. The businesses, organisations and individuals who will display a sign in their window, can choose to have a sign in Arabic, Bengali, Czech, English, French, Hindi, Italian, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Punjabi, Romany, Roma, Russian, Slovak, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh. The idea is that the community is reflecting itself back on itself.

The project will be launched on the 1st of April 2016 and will be up for a year.