Community website We Are Cardiff is launching its first local exhibition this weekend, based on the stories of people who live in Roath and the surrounding area.
The exhibition will feature pictures and stories of Roath residents who have featured on the website so far, but also those of people from neighbouring Penylan, Cathays, Adamsdown, and Splott.
We Are Cardiff founder Helia Phoenix said the exhibition showed Roath was about more than its geographical boundaries, with many people in neighbouring wards feeling a sense of connection to the area.
She said: “This is our first hyperlocal exhibition, and we’re excited to be presenting stories of Cardiff written by residents of Roath and its surrounding areas.
“I was born in Roath, and when I moved back to Cardiff for university, it was the first place that I lived, so I’ve always had a real soft spot for it. It’s got so much going for it – a real mix of people, independent shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and some lovely parks. It’s no wonder that so many students decide to stay in Cardiff after university when Roath is their introduction to the city.”
People featured in the exhibition include Zoe Howerska, who describes how Cardiff helped her develop as an artist and costume designer, and how the creative community is blossoming in Roath.
Korfball player Terry Matthews talks about how he has worked to promote his sport in Cardiff, while “Roath’s Premiere Socialite” Wayne Courtney uses a poem to tell how he made Cardiff his home after moving to the city from Swansea.
Splott resident and writer Andrew Craig Williams described how Cardiff has inspired him to write and become the person he is today, Sarah Powell tells how the city drew her in when she only ever meant for it to be a place to study, and poet and psychogeographer Peter Finch talks about his “ongoing obsession” with his home city – how it is changing fast, but in some cases not quickly enough.
The exhibition will also be a chance for visitors to find out about the film We Are Cardiff is making, based on the pieces from its website. There will be a fundraising raffle during the exhibition’s launch event on Friday, from 6.15pm-8pm.