Gypsy Maker 4 art exhibition: Dan Turner’ ‘TAN’

‘I have travelled long roads and met lucky people’ © Dan Turner 2019

The Factory
Jenkin Street
CF39 9PP
United Kingdom

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is proud to announce a new exhibition of works by the artist Dan Turner. This exciting installation of specially commissioned artworks is the latest in our ground-breaking Gypsy Maker project—an initiative that supports the development of innovative works by established and emerging Gypsy, Roma and Traveller artists. The Gypsy Maker project expands the work of the RCAC by continuing to engage GRT communities with the wider public in ongoing dialogue about the ways in which art continues to inform the lives of individuals and communities today.

Dan Turner is an artist and educator. A Romani Gypsy, born in Dartford, Kent, Turner achieved a BA Hons Degree in Sculpture from St Martins School of Art. His work recently appeared in FUTUROMA at the Venice Biennale in 2019. By using Transactional Objects which have significance across cultures, Turner examines how Gypsy, Roma and Traveller cultures meet and interact with the dominant culture. Working with migration maps of Roma diasporas and using traditional crafts and occupations such as peg and wooden flower making, and fortune telling Turner reimagines Roma past, present and future to challenge mainstream culture’s view of our Roma identities.

“Working with the RCAC on its Gypsy Maker project provides a unique opportunity that is rarely available, especially to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller groups. Its approach of tirelessly commissioning ground breaking work and projects has helped promote understanding about GRT communities. In the process it has changed people’s lives, including mine.’ Dan Turner.

“The new Romani Cultural & Arts Company exhibition is an opportunity for people across the city to enjoy these commissioned artworks by two artists from the Gypsy Roma Traveller community and engage with the brilliant ongoing work being undertaken by the RCAC across South East Wales. Da iawn, pawb!” John Griffiths Assembly Member for Newport East/ Aelod y Cynulliad dros Ddwyrain Casnewydd.

 “We are excited at hosting The Romani Cultural and Arts Company’s Gypsy Maker 4 exhibitions at The Riverfront and the prospect of engaging further with our local and regional audiences as well as showcasing the innovative work of both Cas Holmes and Dan Turner.” Alan Dear, Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre.

“I am very excited that the work by Cas Holmes and Dan Turner will be exhibited in the Rug Art Gallery in Queen St in the centre of Cardiff in March and April next year. Many thanks to The Romani Cultural & Arts Company for organising it.” Jenny Rathbone, Aelod Cynulliad Assembly Member.

 “Here at RUG we are very pleased to exhibit new artworks by Cas Holmes and Dan Turner as part of the Gypsy Maker 4 project. We look forward to expanding the reach of the works and our gallery through this collaboration with The Romani Cultural & Arts Company in 2020.” John Abell, Director, RUG.

“It’s great that the Rhondda is going to host this exhibition of art. I’m pleased to be able to support the Gypsy Maker project and I hope that many local people turn out to see it.” Rhondda AM Leanne Wood.

“We at Art in the Attic, The Robert Maskrey Gallery, are very pleased to be curating such a prestigious exhibition as Gypsy Maker 4, here in the Rhondda Valleys.  We look forward to engaging with the artists and a successful cultural event.” Anne Culverhouse Evans, Valleys Kids, The Factory.

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company invites you along to see the works at the opening of this new exhibition by Dan Turner on the evening of Friday 14th February at The Riverfront, and on the evening of Friday the 20th March at the RUG Art Gallery. The artist Dan Turner will also be there with his work at The Factory during the day on the 27th April.

(Main picture: ‘I have travelled long roads and met lucky people’ © Dan Turner 2019)