24 Aug - 12 May 2001
Linking Llandudno with Cardiff, the A470 is the only road in Wales which runs the entire length of the country from north to south. In the imagination it is emblematic of the country itself. Physically it unites north and south yet its tortuous route seems to emphasise distance and separation. Sites of historical and cultural significance are everywhere on or near its path, and the variety of locations it passes through on its meandering route encompasses the diversity of contemporary Wales. Even in its purely functional role as transport link it has become symbolic of the political economy of Wales, of shifting perceptions and changing realities, and its metaphorical role has increased with devolution and the new order which is emerging.
Organised jointly by Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, and Ffotogallery, Cardiff, A470 features the work of eight artists from Wales. They use photography, video and digital media, to express their perceptions of the road’s intersecting physical, symbolic and metaphorical presences and their significance to contemporary Wales. With the exception of John Davies, all the artists have produced work specially for the exhibition and in response to its particular theme.