Red Dragon Centre marks 15 years with 15 faces

July 19, 2012 No Comments »

Cardiff’s Red Dragon Centre will mark its 15th birthday by commissioning city photographer Jon Poutney to take 15 iconic shots of the Cardiff Bay venue – and they want your suggestions for what should be in the photographs.

The Red Dragon Centre, which first opened in September 1997, has asked Jon Poutney – the photographer behind the Cardiff Before Cardiff project recently exhibited at Wales Millennium Centre – to take 15 pictures of the Centre and its customers to give an overview of the last 15 years and what it means to the city.

Twelve of the photos – which will be taken in Jon’s signature black and white style – have already been decided and seven have already been taken, but the centre is asking members of the public to put forward their own suggestions for what the last three pictures in the series should be.

It is also hoped the public can help find people for already-selected categories including youngest customer, oldest customer, and a couple who met or had a first date at the Centre.

The pictures will be unveiled at the Red Dragon Centre later this month, and will then go on display in a month-long exhibition at The Cardiff Story museum.


Jon said the project was his first commission inspired by the work he did on Cardiff Before Cardiff.

He said: “Like that, it’s going to take me to some corners of Cardiff I haven’t been to before, as well as doing portraits of some real characters!”

Emma Constantinou, marketing and tenant relations manager at the Red Dragon Centre, added: “Our 15 year anniversary is a great celebration for us and we wanted to mark the occasion with something that celebrates the people who have supported us.

“Many of our customers have spoken to me about the memories they have from visiting the Centre over the years. From first kisses to watching a much loved movie and wedding proposals, we feature in a lot of important memories for people.”

The Red Dragon Centre was originally known as the Atlantic Wharf Leisure Centre, and now sees more than 2.4 million visitors pass through its doors, with 11 restaurants, an IMAX cinema, and Capital FM’s headquarters.

It will also be opening a 28,000 square foot gym this summer in the building where Evolution used to be.

You can submit a subject idea for the last three photos in the 15th anniversary series through the Red Dragon Facebook page, Twitter page or the Cardiff Before Cardiff Facebook page.

You can also e-mail or send entries to The Red Dragon Centre, Hemingway Road, Leisure Village, Cardiff , CF10 4JY

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