Phil Cope: THE ARTS OF HAITIAN VODOU: a talk illustrated with his hi-res images, as well as actual religious objects used in vodou ceremonies
Saturday April 29th
at the Fountain Fine Art Gallery
THE ARTS OF HAITIAN VODOU: a talk illustrated with his hi-res images, as well as actual religious objects used in vodou ceremonies
Phil Cope is a photographer, writer, teacher, exhibition and book designer and the author of Working Models of Heaven, a book on the origins of the arts of vodou. He’ll be sharing his insights on this fascinating subject with us in a talk illustrated with his hi-res images as well as religious objects from Haiti.
His previous publications have included four major books on sacred springs and holy wells in Wales, England, Cornwall and Scotland, which he will give a presentation about on Sunday at the Horeb Chapel at 1pm.
His previous publications of his have included: The Gentle Giant (on John Charles and the future of football); Welsh Roots / Welsh Routes (about the Welsh communities in Liverpool); Let Paul Robeson Sing! (about the American singer, actor and activist’s close relationship with Wales); Wise and Foolish Dreamers (about Wales and the Spanish Civil War); The Dancing Pilgrimage of Water (writings on the rivers, lakes and reservoirs of Wales, with Dewi Roberts); and Following the Flame / Dilyn Y Fflam (a book, film and major exhibition about Wales at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, for London 2012).
In October 2008, the National Library of Wales purchased Phil’s collection of photographs of the Holy Wells of Wales for the nation.
In previous lives, Phil has been a Drama and English teacher, spending two years as the principal of an isolated Algonkin Native Indian Reserve in Northern Canada; teaching at the Shah of Iran’s Imperial Court in Tehran; as well as in Wales and in Greece. He set up and ran Valley and Vale, Wales’ largest community arts team. He is the chairperson of the educational charity, The Haiti Fund, and makes regular trips to this, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Currently, he’s working on Sacred North, about the journeys of the earliest missionaries to the north of England and Scotland; a book on the Holy Wells of the West Country; and is a major partner in Keep Wales Tidy’s new WELL-BEING Project exploring, saving and celebrating our wellspring heritage.
“the sense of recondite sanctity that attends the ancient wells of Wales, captured as it has never been before by the photographs in this book.”
Jan Morris, writing in her introduction to Holy Wells: Wales, a photographic journey
“Cardiff-born Cope spent five years visiting these wells and his application and his eye have made a volume to treasure.”
“Phil Cope is a genius with a camera.”
Cymdeithas Ffynhonnau Cymru