Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
David Drake is the Director of Ffotogallery, the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales. Since its foundation in 1978, Ffotogallery has been the major force for contemporary photography in Wales, and is recognized as the national forum for debate in this field, with a focus for new developments in British and international photographic art. Ffotogallery’s work is outward looking, with an exhibition program featuring artists from the UK and the rest of the world. Ffotogallery widens its range of influence through gallery presentations, touring exhibitions, publications, artist commissions and residencies, collaborations with other organizations and galleries, and an extensive education program. Ffotogallery is the lead agency for a new pan-European project called European Prospects. David Drake initiated and is the current Director of the biennial event Diffusion - Cardiff International Festival of Photography.
As well as leading all curatorial and publishing projects at Ffotogallery, David Drake’s 30 year arts career includes extensive curatorial, publishing, management and production experience for organizations as diverse as Watershed Media Centre, Bristol Museums and Galleries, Pimlico Arts and Media and Picture This Moving Image.
As a portfolio reviewer, David Drake offers participants curatorial feedback and guidance on how to present their work to galleries and publishers, including Ffotogallery, how to pitch for art commissions, and advice on their development as a professional artist. He is most interested in viewing cohesive bodies of work with conceptually driven themes that have been or are near completion. He welcomes reviewing contemporary image-based work across a wide range of practices, including fine art and documentary photography, video, installation and digital media work. As Ffotogallery does not present purely commercial, fashion or stock photography, he would prefer not to review such work.