Photographer Faye Chamberlain has taken up an artist-in-residency with the FAW Trust, touring Wales to capture the game’s impact on the nation.
The six-month residency project, titled ‘More than a game’ will culminate this summer with an exhibition at Dragon Park in Newport.
It is the first sports-related residency for the Cardiff photographer who has worked on projects at Cardiff’s city centre homeless hostels,Tresilian House and The Huggard.
The football loving photographer said: "This project has been in the making for about two years. But it has been worth the wait as the timing couldn't be more perfect with Wales competing in the Euros this summer,” .
“I’m a huge football fan so to work on this project is so exciting.”
The social documentary photographer explains how she hopes to record how football impacts upon our lives:
“My work encompasses a broad range of styles including landscape and portraiture, and centres on people exploring their relationship and impact upon each other and their surroundings.
"This residency will enable me to work with a subject that rouses immense passions.
"Football impacts upon our lives in all kinds of ways - it affects our landscapes, our social lives and, of course, it can rule our TV schedules.”
“The FAW Trust does an amazing job of reaching out to communities so I want to make visible the work that goes on to encourage everyone to become involved – whether that’s boys, girls, people with disabilities or transgender players – and the people within the clubs that make it all happen week in, week out.
“The people of Wales’ focus might be on Gareth Bale, Chris Coleman and the games, but I want to show a side to Welsh football that is just as important.”
Neil Ward, CEO of the FAW Trust, said: “We’re thrilled that Faye will be joining us on what I’m sure will be an exciting journey. It’s an opportunity to show people what goes on behind the scenes of Welsh football. The most that people see are the big games but, away from that, a great deal of work goes on to build a better future for football in Wales.
“People in Wales are now playing more football than ever before – boys, girls, people with disabilities and those from BME communities – and that’s something we’re extremely proud of.”
While Chamberlain will be travelling around Wales for photo shoots, she will also be running photography workshops in selected communities across the country.
The project has been commissioned by EMP Projects – a Cardiff-based art consultancy that specialises in brokering curatorial partnerships and the planning of small to large-scale creative and cultural developments.
More than a game’ has received financial support from Arts Council Wales.
Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive of Arts Council of Wales said, "We are really excited about Faye’s appointment. Sports and the arts alike bring real benefits to individuals and make significant and positive contributions to many aspects of our lives. We look forward to seeing some of the stories of the devotion and passion of football supporters and participants in community groups across Wales being captured on camera.”
The FAW Trust now joins London Zoo, Heathrow Airport, MI6 and luxury hotel Claridge’s as organisations who have used the services of an artist in residence.
Chamberlain will be blogging throughout the residency at https://farmorethanjustagame.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/its-official/