Llwyfan Rhôd Platform

NOTICEBOARD TAKEOVER: Artworks, treasure hunts, teaching an old dog new tricks, roaming the riverbank and looking through the spy-hole…

The Rhôd Artists Group have been commissioned by The Lab to create a series of artworks for the Platform Art Festival in Haverfordwest across the weekend of 27, 28 and 29 October 2016.

As part of PLATFORM, the group takes over noticeboards in the town centre… Kathryn Campbell Dodd responds to the history of Haverfordwest through objects and images linked to the life of the town. penny d jones creates an artful treasure hunt where the prizes are local trees and an experience of colour. Roger Lougher is a dancing fool describing Haverfordwest through movement. Can you teach an old dog new tricks?
David Shepherd makes images derived from site-specific activity at locations along the riverbank. Seán Vicary asks ‘Is your journey really necessary?’ as contemporary anxieties coalesce in the Pembrokeshire landscape. Liz Waterhouse invites you to ‘look through the spy-hole’.  Jacob Whittaker will be connecting with local pop culture: from DC to RCA, just how do you solve a problem like Bruce Wayne?

CYMRY D DROSODD HYSBYSFWRDD: Gwaith gelf, helfeydd trysor, dysgu triciau newydd i hen gi, crwydro glan yr afon ac edrych drwy’r twll spio…

Fel rhan o gynllun LLWYFAN, mae’r grŵp yn cymryd drosodd hysbysfyrddau yng nghanol y dref… mae Kathryn Campbell Dodd yn ymateb i hanes Hwlffordd trwy wrthrychau a delweddau sy’n gysylltiedig â bywyd y dref. Mae penny d jones yn creu helfa drysor, y gwobrau yw coed lleol a phrofiad o liw. Mae Roger Lougher yn ffŵl sy’n dawnsio sy’n disgrifio Hwlffordd drwy symudiadau. Allwch chi ddysgu triciau newydd i hen gi?
Mae David Shepherd yn gwneud delweddau sy’n deillio o weithgareddau safle penodol mewn lleoliadau ar hyd glan yr afon. Gofynna Seán Vicary ‘A yw eich taith wir yn angenrheidiol?’ wrth i bryderon cyfoes ymdoddi yn nhirwedd Sir Benfro. Mae Liz Waterhouse yn eich gwahodd i ‘edrych drwy’r twll sbïo’. Bydd Jacob Whittaker cysylltu â diwylliant pop lleol: o DC i RCA, sut yn union ydych chi’n datrys problem fel Bruce Wayne?

Chain Home West

“Chain Home, or CH for short, was the codename for the ring of coastal Early Warning radar stations built by the Royal Air Force (RAF) before and during the Second World War to detect and track aircraft.

Following the development of radar at Orfordness and at the Bawdsey Research Station in Suffolk during the mid 1930’s, the Air Ministry established a programme of building radar stations around the British coast to provide warning of air attack on Great Britain. A survey was undertaken in 1938 to assess the suitability of the local terrain for Air Defence Radar operations with the first of these new stations coming on line by the end of the year. This network formed the basis of a chain of radar stations called Chain Home. These stations consisted of two main types; East Coast stations and West Coast stations.

The West Coast stations differed in layout and relied on dispersal instead of protected buildings for defence. Thus the West Coast stations had two transmitter and receiver blocks with duplicate equipment in each. Transmitter aerials were mounted on 325′ steel masts with the receiver aerial mounted on 240′ timber towers. Radar stations were soon operating at Pembrokeshire at Hayscastle, Warren near Castlemartin and Folly near Nolton to counteract low flying aircraft and ships. Chain Home Low (CHL) and Chain Home Extra Low (CHEL) were also built at St. David’s, Strumble Head, St. Twynnells (near Warren), Old Castle Head (near Manorbier) and Kete (near Dale).”

Subterranea Britannica – West Coast Chain Home and West Coast Readiness ROTOR Radar Stations

“Lichens are composite organisms in which a single species of fungus (mycobiont) lives symbiotically with one or more algal species (phycobionts), some of which may be nitrogen (N) fixing (cyanolichens), e.g. members of the blue green algae. The fungus provides structure and protection for the algae which reciprocates, providing energy and assimilates, via photosynthesis. Many secondary metabolites are synthesised by the fungus, which are unique to lichen symbioses.

Lichens obtain almost all their nutrients from the atmosphere through uptake over their entire surface. They have no cuticle, nor means of controlling nutrient uptake, unlike vascular plants, and free exchange of both gases and solutions occurs across cell surfaces. In addition their surface area to mass is very high and assimilatory capacity relatively low. Lichens are therefore highly susceptible to changes in atmospheric chemistry and deposition and for this reason provide very sensitive indicators of such changes.”

Impacts of air pollution on Lichens and Bryophytes, APIS UK