An Exploration of Narrative & Place

Sunday 2 November 2014, 2 – 5pm
Sarah Rhys, Artist & Sarah Pace, Curator
in partnership with Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru and Cardiff Community Housing Association.

David Martin, a Hungarian-Jewish writer and author of the novel Tiger Bay (1946), played an instrumental role in introducing the Polish-Jewish émigré artist Josef Herman to Wales. Herman decided to stay, living in Ystradgynlais from 1944 to 1955. Using this link as a starting point, the event draws on archival and contemporary material to excavate connections between Tiger Bay, Ystradgynlais and the life, work and times of Josef Herman.

Exploring existing stories and mapping new narratives, the walk culminates in a film screening at the CMC@Loudoun Square, Plas Iona, Butetown, Cardiff CF10 5HW. Meet at The CIVIC Base (Cardiff Story Museum)


Tiger Bay (1959. 105 min) directed by J Lee Thompson is an atmospheric thriller set in Tiger Bay, Cardiff. It is highly acclaimed for its strong pace, stunning black and white cinematography and interesting use of both Cardiff and Newport docklands. A feisty orphaned child (Hayley Mills) by chance witnesses her new friend, a Polish seaman  (Horst Buchholz), killing his independent minded lover, Anya, yet she has a fierce loyalty to protect this man from the police. It is interesting to see the industrial landscape of the working docks, now an industrial archaeology as well as the extraordinary multicultural community that was Tiger Bay in the 50’s.