The Singing Hills
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Many of the images in this gallery were made possible due to the receipt of a commission from from the Welsh Parliament and Ffotogallery for the Many Voices, One Nation exhibition. They were exhibited in the Senedd building in Cardiff, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Redhouse Cymru in Merthyr Tydfil, and online through Ffotoview. They had been due to be exhibited at Galeri Caernarfon but this was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Singing Hills is a series of portraits and landscapes that portray Welsh descendants in upstate New York and Vermont, as well as their relatives and ancestral home in North Wales. In the 1800’s and early 1900’s, many Welsh people emigrated to the US to escape poverty and suppression of their identity in order to make a better life overseas. The American Welsh in these portraits are proud of their heritage, though some are worried that the next generation will lose this identity. In North Wales, many people spoke of helping forge international links for Wales as it continues to find its path after devolution. Both groups feel that their connections to each other are important to maintaining traditions and language and seeking out a place for their culture in the world.