Energy and Notion

The Energy and Notion project tells the story of energy in Wales.  Wales was considered the world’s first industrialized nation in the 19th century.

Mining coal employed 230,000 men.

Energy continues to have a profound effect upon the physical and social landscape in Wales.

The aim of the Energy and Notion project is to inform, educate and inspire conversations with-in society, and engage with communities, using an innovative audio-visual style.

The story of change will be told by the people affected in the past and present; port communities, farmers, present-day and ex-coal workers, and those involved in renewable energy projects.

The project aims to draw the general public, especially young people, towards a photo-based learning experience.

The first production phase is creating a unique micro-documentary/digital installation of 3D portraits interwoven with clips of Wales contemporary energy landscape.

The project engages with many communities from different social groups.

The Energy and Notion project is conceived, produced and photographed by Richard Jones in collaboration with the Arts Council of Wales.


The project will first screen at the Newbridge, Memo, 11th Nov. 5.45 – free entry. Click here!

The Energy+Notion project is supported by curators at arts centres, cinemas and theatres across Wales, that include:

Aberdare Coliseum

Blackwood Miners Institute

Newbridge Memo

Parc and Dare, Treorchy

Pontardawe Arts Centre

The project engages with primary schools, youth and community groups, including:

3GS Development Trust via The Forsythia Youth Project

The White Rose Centre

Rhigos Primary School

Research and Development funding was providing by the Arts Council of Wales, 2015.



See pilot film

A small production grant was provided by the Arts Council of Wales, 2016.

The Welsh Government Fusion Initiative is providing a grant for an engagement at the White Rose Community Centre, New Tredegar, Upper Rhymney Valley.

Some project sponsorship kindly provided by Vattenfall

Richard Jones, photographer, energy+notion
Richard Jones, photographer, Energy+Notion

The project is being produced & photographed and edited by Richard Jones.

Additional editing and digital assistance by Chieko

Technical and video consultation by Andy Mees

Additional partners and consultants include;  Professor Nick Jenkins; School of Engineering (energy) Cardiff University, Dr Martin O’Neil – Cardiff University, David Chamberlain & Sharon Casey,  Blackwood Miners Institute, Angie Dickenson – Area Artistic Manager for Neath & Port Albot Theatres, Anne Hayes – Arts Development Officer for Rhondda Cynon Taff and Helen Harman – Arts Development Officer at Newbridge Memo.