3rd May – 26th May

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INCOMMON situates the work of Amber Mottram and Graham Jones side-by-side, and in dialogue.

INCOMMON teases out resonances between the artists’ distinct practices, to reveal commonalities between their conceptual concerns and aesthetic resolutions.

The sculptures and structures evoke the paraphernalia of the domestic, demonstrating both artists’ fascination with geometries and textures, systems, and processes.  Using several disparate technologies and methodologies (from industrial-scale CNC and print machines to hand-made assemblage), Mottram and Jones experiment with materials and motifs to produce highly creative and often unexpected visual artifacts. They test out the inherent properties and functions of objects, and toy with the viewer’s expectations.

Repetition and ‘repurposing’ are essential to both artists’ working methods and aesthetic aims; making the familiar strange, and transforming the mundane into the marvellous.

The notion of play remains a serious concern. In Mottram’s work, ‘to play’ is a way to reappropriate her domestic environment as a palette; a way to protest the role of motherhood, responsibility and home making; a way to re-embed curiosity and to embrace the joy and discomfort within the rhythm of the daily routine.

For Jones, an underlying element of play informs both the combining of model-making and fine art components, as well as the apparently absurd pursuance of geometric systems and processes. Objects that shuttle between the worlds of mass production and bespoke contrivance evolve; flirting with potential meaning and memory, but remaining first-and-foremost self-sufficient aesthetic structures.

A number of the exhibits in INCOMMON reference the interior architecture of The Turner House.  Both artists have utilised details within the building as spring boards for new work, in addition to responding to the spatial constraints of the gallery to provide site specific pieces.

Amber Mottram,

Amber Mottram has worked extensively within the arts for over a decade. Exhibitions include Art in the Bar  (Chapter Arts Centre, 2011) and Test Bed (Oriel Davies, 2012).  She completed a residency at Inverness Place with Made in Roath in 2019, and participated in UNITe residency at g39 during the same year. Her film, This Too Shall Pass, was previewed at Caraboo film festival (2020), and she was commissioned by Cardiff Council to create an interactive ground mural for Summer Of Smiles in 2021. Amber is co-founder of The Boat Studio, a multi-disciplinary, adaptable space used as a meeting place and a platform for music, performance and visual art.

Graham Jones, 

Graham Jones, born in London grew up in Neath before attending Cardiff College of Art. He has exhibited in Beep Biennial painting prize 2018, 2020 and 2022 . Beep painting satellite solo show “SUM OF ITS PARTS” at Arcade Cardiff, being awarded the Andre Stitt/Gallery TEN prize in 2020 resulting in “UNWRAPPING“ exhibition at Elysium Swansea 2022. In 2021 he exhibited at “A Generous Space” in Hastings Contemporary, a group survey followong the Artists Support Pledge. In April 2024 he exhibited at Terrace Gallery London as part of group show “SNAG” and currently has work in collections in UK, Germany and US.

Events & Workshops


‘Common Parts’

Sat 11th May | AGES: 9-12 | FREE

A fun and thought-provoking workshop responding to The Turner House’s current show

In Common, and facilitated by artists Amber Mottram, Florence Boyd and Gweni Llwyd.

Participants will be encouraged to view objects in a new light, and collaboratively re-imagine them through drawing, writing and sculpture.

Workshops will involve aspects of note taking, creative play and construction. Working as a team, participants will leave with an in-depth understanding of one or more pieces from the exhibition, and produce some handmade sculptures and drawings to take home.

English Language Workshop 10 -12 pm (6 spaces)

Welsh Language Workshop 2 – 4 pm (6 spaces)

(This can be a drop and leave workshop or parents are welcome to stay and take part)

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South Wales Improvisers

24th May 2024 | 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00

SWI were established in partnership with SHIFT and they create opportunities for individuals to play free improvised ensemble music on a regular monthly basis.

The group will be in the gallery through the day on Friday 24th May to create improvised sound responses to the exhibition.

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The Turner House