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SIÂN GRIGG PORTRAIT TO BE GIFTED TO CARDIFF METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY AS EXHIBITION COMES TO WALES FOR FIRST TIME

25 March 2019
BAFTA Cymru Awards, Press Room, Cardiff, Wales, UK - 02 Oct 2016Thomas/BAFTA/REX/Shutterstock

Award-winning make up artist Siân Grigg to discuss career to date at An Audience with event in Cardiff

For the Love of Film Exhibition travels to Wales for the first time as part of Ffotogallery’s Diffusion Festival

We have announced that we will be hosting a special event with renowned make up artist Siân Grigg to coincide with the visit of the photography exhibition For the Love of Film: Women Leading the Way to Wales for the first time.

The exhibition, which features selected prints from a recent exhibition held at BAFTA in London will include the addition of a new photograph of Cardiff-based Siân Grigg taken by Phil Fisk. The photograph will be gifted by BAFTA to the Cardiff School of Art and Design and Cardiff Metropolitan University as Siân studied there.

The exhibition is part of the Ffotogallery Diffusion festival and will be free to the public and open on selected hours from 9 – 27 April at the School of Art and Design on the University’s Llandaff Campus.

BAFTA have also announced that they will be hosting An Audience with Siân Grigg event on 26 April to coincide with the exhibition, where Siân will discuss her international feature film career to date. The event will be hosted in partnership with Wales Screen and limited tickets are available to the public.

“Siân is one of Wales’ most inspiring creative practitioners, having worked on feature films such as Titanic, The Revenant (for which she was nominated for a BAFTA and Oscar), Suffragette, the recent film Goodbye Christopher Robin and Ex Machina,” said Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru.

“Following on from our presentation to Siân of our special Siân Phillips Award in 2016, we are really excited to be able to unveil the new photograph of her in the surroundings of South Wales. The evening will also offer the chance to those working, or aspiring to work, in the industry to hear about her journey, advice and thoughts about a career in film. And working with Quentin Tarantino on this summer’s release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood of course!”

The exhibition, For the Love of Film: Women Leading the Way, will be hosted at the Cardiff School of Art and Design during the Diffusion festival and will offer the public the chance to appreciate the work of Phil Fisk. The exhibition is supported by the Hobson Charity.

Phil Fisk’s carefully staged photographic portraits celebrate the passion and award-winning artistry behind modern cinema. From casting agents to actors, make-up artists to producers, the series shines a light on the filmmaking process and the people that make it happen, both the famous faces in front of the camera and those hidden behind the scenes. Fisk’s style is playful, striking and often surreal – capturing an essence of both the character and career of his subjects.

As a part of the series, BAFTA commissioned Fisk to work with Sian Grigg to create a portrait on location in south Wales, a place of personal significance to Grigg having grown up and still being based here between film projects that take her around the world. 

“We are so proud to have the opportunity to celebrate Siân’s success, which attests to her brilliance and the diversity of creative practice that is a guiding principle of Cardiff School of Art & Design,” said Olwen Moseley, Dean of the School.

“Shining a light on the range of disciplines and roles that make up the creative industries is so important to inspire the next generation of artists and designers. BAFTA and all of us involved in the creative industries know that the real story of success lies not in a narrow STEM agenda but in STEAMD (the creative application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) brought alive by the catalyst of Art and Design, crucial ingredients in the innovation and magic of film-making.

“We’re also thrilled to be hosting this exhibition of photographs, as part of the Diffusion festival, which in themselves bring alive through another creative discipline the evidence of human creativity at its best.”

 “We're thrilled that this exhibition is coming to Wales and we're able to show it as a part of Diffusion.” Said David Drake of Ffotogallery.

“Our festival theme of Sound + Vision showcases a range of artists and individuals that work in the creative industries, and shows that Cardiff's reputation as a creative hub is growing from strength to strength. I'm delighted that we are able to celebrate this with our partners at BAFTA Cymru and Cardiff Metropolitan University."


You can book tickets to attend the Audience with Sian Grigg event here


Biographies of those included in the exhibition

Jacqueline Abrahams is a British production designer whose work includes The Lobster (2015), How I Live Now (2013) and The Look of Love (2013). Abrahams was awarded the BAFTA for Production Design  in 2009 for her work on the hit BBC television series Wallander (2008-2016).
Jacqueline was photographed at her work space in London, surrounded by her personal collection of reference material.

Nina Gold is known her work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), The Imitation Game (2014) and The King’s Speech (2010), as well as her 17-year working collaboration with director Mike Leigh. She received a BAFTA Special Award in 2016 and her most recent credits include The Crown (2016-) and Game of Thrones (2011-). Gold was photographed amongst repurposed copies of the casting directory Spotlight made by artist Sally O’Sullivan, aka the ‘book wrecker’.

Naomie Harris is a British actress known for her memorable performances in Spectre (2015), Skyfall (2012) and 28 Days Later (2002). Having previously been nominated for the BAFTA EE Rising Star Award in 2007, Harris was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2017 for Moonlight (2016). Although it seems Naomie was photographed on a beach, this is a composite image, with the portrait of Harris taken against a green-screen in The Ballroom at The Savoy Hotel, London.

Alison Owen is a British film and television producer whose work includes Suffragette (2015), Saving Mr. Banks (2014) and Shaun of the Dead (2004). A number of Owen’s productions are BAFTA nominated. In 1999, she won the Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film for Elizabeth (1998). Here Fisk captures here looking out over the city from a suite at the Savoy Hotel, London.

Morag Ross is a make-up artist with a wide-ranging career, working on film and television projects from Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio (1986) to Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). She has won BAFTAs in recognition of her work on Orlando (1992) and The Aviator (2004), and was also nominated for the films Hugo (2011) and Sense and Sensibility (1995). Ross was photographed in the backstage of a studio, reflecting the environment she often occupies during the filming of a given scene.

Siân Grigg is an internationally-reknowned Welsh make-up artist best known for her long-standing work with actor Leonardo DiCaprio on films such as The Revenant (2015), Titanic (1997), and The Aviator (2004) − for which she won the BAFTA for Make-Up and Hair in 2005. She also received the BAFTA Cymru Siân Phillips Award in 2016. Grigg was photographed on location at Lavernock Point in the Vale of Glamorgan, near Cardiff.