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Dyfi Floods, 2015  Robert Davies video still

Robert Davies film about the railway line between Birmingham and Aberystwyth, Of Time and the railway, was filmed from the driver s cab between 2013 and 2015 on 86 different days. Edited into a one hour 51 minute film showing a single trip along the train line, it s showing at various locations around Mid Wales and the Midlands until the Autumn.

The film describes a year over the course of a single day entering Birmingham at night and leaving at dawn, arriving at Shrewsbury in the morning, Newtown and the Welsh mountains in the afternoon, and journey s end at Aberystwyth by sunset.

Of time and the railway is a film about the passage of time, both literally and historically. It is about taking a journey, and the effect that the passage of time has on that journey. It describes a moment in the history of this landscape.Frost Bend Trees, 2015  Robert Davies, video still

Recorded from the drivers cab of the train, Of time and the railway rushes along the railway lines starting in the Birmingham landscape dominated by the presence of industrialisation, through the Black Country, the Shires into the Welsh Marches, agricultural land farmed since it was settled. It carries on into the hills of Powys, where the relationship between man and the landscape begins to change; cattle and sheep vying for space with crops. On the steeper slopes sheep farming becomes prevalent as the train reaches its highest point at Talerddig, before winding down the Twymyn Valley to the river Dyfi as it meanders to Machynlleth. The journey continues along the flood plain to the open mouth of the Dyfi estuary and the wilds of Ynys Las and Borth before arriving at the university town of Aberystwyth.

Haystack, 2015  Robert Davies  video still

Of time and the railway opens on 27 March at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and on 28 March at Mid-Wales Arts Centre, Caersws. It goes on to tour all of the major galleries along the route including mac Birmingham, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Oriel Davies, Newtown.

Funded by Arts Council of Wales and produced with the kind support of Arriva Trains Wales managers, staff and drivers, Of time and the railway will also be shown at selected Cambrian railway line train stations dates tbc.

All Images: Of Time and the railway, 2015 Robert Davies - video still


Venues and Dates

Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Aberystwyth University, Ceredigion SY23 3DETel. 01970 62323228 March 11 April 201

Mid Wales Arts Centre: Caersws, Powys, SY17 5SBTel. 01686 688369/07970671819 28 March 30 October 20

mac Birmingham: Cannon Hill Park, West Midlands B12 9QHTel. 0121 446 32324 July 20 September 2015

MOMA Wales:Heol Pen rallt, Machynlleth, SY20 8AJTel. 01654 703355 20 31 July 2015

Powysland Museum: The Canal Wharf, Welshpool, SY21 7AQTel. 01938 554656 31 July 5 Sept 2015

Pen rallt Gallery Bookshop: Heol Pen'rallt, Machynlleth, SY20 8AJ Tel. 01654 7005591 31 August 2015

Borth Station Museum: Cambrian Terrace, Borth SY24 5LNTel. 01970 871850 1 31 August 2015

Oriel Davies: The Park, Newtown, SY16 2NZTel. 01686 66963719 30 September 2015

Wolverhampton Art Gallery:Lichfield St, Wolverhampton WV1 1DUTel. 01902 552055 26 September 5 December 2015

Free admission to all venues except Powysland, where admission is free for children/residents Powys