Project information

TFG 2015 Programme

Again, bringing the most exciting international photography to Cardiff! With both a broad scope and in touch with current events and photojournalism.

We are simplifying our fundraising to two events a year, a big spring fundraiser and the Xmas Big Give.

January 2015 - January 2016

Charity information: Third Floor Gallery

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  • Need


    Access to photographic exhibitions is currently difficult, while there is a high demand from the public. Most exhibitions are held in venues that are shared between a number of art forms, often lacking the higher quality of dedicated venues.

    Also, as time goes by, the documentation of contemporary events seems to be receding from photography, and we often bring the journalism back to the photo.


    Our priority is to provide exhibitions by internationally renowned photographers and to keep these accessible and understandable for the public. In this sense we shun academicism. We currently look for funds to run 10 exhibitions over 12 months in Cardiff Bay. This will also mantain the educational programme of the gallery consisting of talks, public slideshows and workshops.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To bring the best international photography to Cardiff


    » Create an exhibition programme consisting of ten influential shows
    » Promote the exhibitions both in the media and with events

    What success will look like

    4000+ annual visitors and positive reviews on the national press

    Aim 2

    Advance photographic practice


    » Holding two short and intensive workshops with renowned photographers.
    » Bring at least two group exhibition opportunities in related venues to emerging photographers

    What success will look like

    Full attendance and good feedback

  • Impact


    Our exhibition programme and the community the gallery has built has improved and widened photographic practice. This can be seen among other things in the number of exhibitions that people related to the gallery have held in other venues since its opening in 2010. In the last month alone, two exhibited at Eye Festival in Aberystwyth and another four at Ffotogallery in Penarth. Photographic grassroots are the ultimate engine of photographic advancement.


    Our main risks are lack of funding to continue and lack of staff with the right skills. On the funding side our fundraising campaigns are raising more money than ever before. On the staff side we are improving our governance and in 2014 we have been able to transfer a number of directive roles to experienced volunteers.


    Social media and email. We do social media a lot.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,400 Printing Printing exhibitions at the gallery (mainly inks and paper)
      £1,600 Workshops and talks Costs related to have visiting artists and workshops
      £400 Openings Costs related to openings
      £600 Transport Transport of materials such as prints, and in some cases frames
  • Background


    Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff Bay is a charitable photography gallery located at the top of one of the old Tiger Bay buildings. It's a really convenient and cosy location.


    The gallery and its activities are open to any visitor. Visitors come from all areas of Cardiff and South Wales. A smaller part of visitors (circa 5%) come from further afield, like Mid Wales or England. We also work proactively with college and university students studying photography and arts.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We'll still go with the classic line that we DO really care! At the same time we have grown up a bit and we're keen on getting more people involved in key positions. Plus it's not like we have lots and lots of photography galleries down in Cardiff. The scene is excellent, though, and we do make a mean cup of tea.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Claire Kern

    Director of the gallery will get the stuff done.

    Lukasz Kubicki

    Staff manager will get the volunteers ready for the year.

    Joni Karanka

    Trustee, will lurk in the shadows and chip in if anything goes astray.