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Invitation Poster


Please Attend:
the Launch of our Book in Scotland

From the Horse/s Mouth - A Roma, Gypsy Traveller Landscape

Photographs combined with strong voices from the Romani, Gypsy and Traveller communities including Roseanna and Shamus McPhee from Scotland.

7th October 2015 5.50pm - 8.00pm

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Opening Speech by Fiona Hislop MSP Culture Minister


Shamus McPhee: Scottish Gypsy Traveller, Artist:
The Contribution Made by Gypsy Travellers to Wider Society

Roseanna McPhee: Scottish Gypsy Traveller, Community Advocate, Founder Member of ByRight:
A Woman's Journey to Work

Tina Carr & Annemarie Schöne: Photographers
The Roma in Hungary

Slide shows and exhibition of Shamus's paintings throughout the evening.

Light Refreshments & Wine


example of Shamus's paintings


Once We Were Birds Exhibition & launch of From the Horse's Mouth book
at Oriel Queens Hall, Narberth, Pembrokeshire 16th January - 28th February 2015

Sajokaza holding his photograph


Publication of From the Horse's Mouth December 2014

To order your copy go to the link on the books page or send a cheque for £25 inc. p&p to Tina Carr, 12 St Nicholas Road. NE46 2EZ. UK

buy the book 'from the Horse/s Mouth'


Reportage: Lens Festival of Photography National Library of Wales 28th & 29th November 2014

View the Poster (PDF)


 'Khančeske - You are Welcome - Mai Croeso i chi'


is a two day celebration of Romani and Traveller people and their culture taking place in west Wales on September 30th and October 1st 2011.

Day 1 will include presentations and discussions with members of the local communities, artists, academics and politicians culminating in a

Q & A session with an impressive panel of guest speakers including

Prof. Ian Hancock from the University of Texas, Austin, a Romani scholar, linguist and political advocate.

Also speaking will be Dr.Sarah Cemlyn, School for Policy Studies, Bristol University, Susan Alexander, Travellers' Aid Trust and Simon Thomas AM for Mid & West Wales and Isaac Blake, Roman Cultural & Arts Company.

Teleri Gray & Robin Hugh Bowen will make a connection with Welsh Romani history by giving a rare performance of storytelling accompanied by the Triple Harp.



Politics & Culture Gwleidyddiaeth & Diwylliant

  • Llanelli, Glenalla Civic Hall SA15 1EE
  • September 30 Medi 10 – 5
  • info: 01559 362843 look@simply-solar.co.uk


    Day 2 sees the opening of a new photographic exhibition by Romani photographer Andrea Annamária Duka and the UK launch of the Roma Media Archive www.romamediaarchive.net inaugurated at the Roma Pavillion www.callthewitness.org of the 54th Venice Biennale 2011.

    There will be workshops with Scottish artist Shamus McPhee plus cash prizes for the best pictures and 'Identity Through Movement' will be explored with Romani dancer and choreographer Isaac Blake.


    At 6.00pm traditional Romani food, cooked by 'Hungry Dragon' over a stick fire will be enjoyed followed by a wildly energetic Hungarian Ceilidh with the Jani Lang Band.



    •  Exhibitions, Workshops, Romani Food & Hungarian Ceilidh
  • Arddangosfeydd, Gweithdai, Bwyd a Romani a Hwngaraidd Ceilidh
    • Cardigan, Small World Theatre SA43 1JY
  • October 1 Hydref 2 – 11
  • info: 01559 362843 look@simply-solar.co.uk

      or: 01239 615952  info@smallworld.org.uk 


    •  Kethanes džastar
  • Let's get together Gadewch i ni ddod at ei gilydd



    January 2011 sees us embarking on a new project defending and advocating the dignity, culture and human rights of the Roma, Gypsy and Travelling People in the UK made possible by a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

    We will also be working with the Roma Gypsy and Traveller communities in Wales thanks to a production grant from the Arts Council of Wales.

    One of the project partners is Ffotogallery, Cardiff.

    We look forward to working with them again in the near future.


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    The Once We Were Birds project has been selected for Call the Witness, Media Archives at the 2nd Roma Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2011.


    The curators, Enisa Eminovska and Suzana Milevska, based in Skopje say:

    'We are interested in your participation particularly because of the great artistic and research merits of your work and its relevance for the Roma communities as a kind of transnational and transversal index and resource of references, communication and knowledge production.'


    'We are obviously delighted to have our work recognised in this way' say Tina and Annemarie … 'there is no higher accolade than to be invited by the Roma themselves to participate in their pavilion at Venice, the biggest art fair in the world. It is the purpose of the Once We Were Birds project to highlight the significance of Roma culture all over the world and to continue working with Roma communities both at home in Wales and the UK as well as internationally.'


    The selection was made from an open, international submission in Macedonia, earlier this year. The 2nd Roma Pavilion is sponsored by the Open Society Institute, New York as the Roma, although international, are stateless.


    June 2010




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    Tina & Annemarie are going back to Hungary in August and September this year to work with the Roma Parliament for six weeks sponsored by Wales Arts International.

    They will exhibit Once We Were Birds at the János Balázs Gallery, Budapest from September 3rd – October 1st and will continue their work with Roma Community groups in both Budapest and north east Hungary.

    May 2010

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    Photographs and Video Films of encounters with the Hungarian Roma


    Sandi & Edit, Solyom Settlement, Sajokaza July 2009

    Tina Carr & Annemarie Schöne

    9 JANUARY to 20 FEBRUARY 2010

    You are cordially invited to the opening on Saturday 9 January

    at 2.00pm for an informal talk with the artists and at 3.00pm for the launch with Jill Evans MEP

    The Once We Were Birds blog has followed the progress of the project and shows more images of Tina & Annemarie's extraordinary encounters.

    It is being updated continually and will be available online in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.


    contact Oriel Myrddin 01267 222775

    Tina & Annemarie 01559 362843

    Oriel Myrddin, Church Lane, Carmarthen SA31 1LH www.orielmyrddingallery.co.uk





    Journeys to the Roma People in Hungary and Romania






    An initial research trip took place in August and September 2008. We made contacts in Budapest, at the Museum of Ethnography, the Roma Parliament, Lumen Foundation and wandered the 8th District of the city where most urban Roma live.

    We visited the cities of Miskolc and Debrecen where we met people who introduced us to Roma in rural districts of Hungary.

    We also spent a few days in Oradia, Romania where we visited a Roma School project.

    In May 2009 we will be setting off in our Transit camper conversion to Hungary where we will stay until the end of August. We will meet many different individuals and communities both rural and urban.

    Please follow our travel blog at www.oncewewerebirds.blogspot.com


    Roma Parliament Interior Tina & Am at Roma Parliament




    This arresting series of documentary photographs shows the life and landscape of five small settlements in South Wales. These communities in the Afan Valley, after the pit closures, had to deal with high levels of unemployment and found themselves with severe problems of adjustment.


    Over several years Tina Carr & Annemarie Schöne worked with the residents of the valley to document the place they call home. These photographs, gritty, beautiful, empathetic, sad and humorous, reflect a hardy and feisty attitude, shared by the residents despite the adversity they are forced to face and provide us with a much needed reminder of a community all to easily forgotten about.


    The accompanying DVD is a film entitled 'The Thin End of the Wedge' made with the communities of the Upper Afan Valley in 1992 & 1993 funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.


    Coalfaces ISBN 978-1-905762-54-5

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