Cool Cymru (Cool Wales)

NoahsArkphotobook

The Noah’s Ark Appeal:

Until recently, Wales was the only country in Europe that did not have a dedicated children’s hospital. Determined to change the situation and ensure that children in Wales should have access to the same care as other children throughout Europe, a group of dedicated people began a campaigning for a dedicated Children’s Hospital for Wales.

Their tireless lobbying finally resulted in the National Assembly’s approval for the project to go ahead with the money for the building to be raised through a charitable capital appeal.

The Noah’s Ark Appeal was set up in May 2000 to raise the money needed to build the first phase of the first children’s hospital for Wales. Many people, across Wales and beyond, were spurred into action to support the cause. At the beginning of the Cool Cymru Collection process Terry Morris approached the charity with an idea that would celebrate Welsh talent through an iconic photography collection and benefit the hospital financially. It proved to be a rewarding relationship.

The first phase of the Children’s Hospital for Wales opened its doors to its first patients in February 2005. In stark contrast to the rundown paediatric wards, the Children’s Hospital for Wales is bright, welcoming and child-friendly; it has been built with a child’s perspective in mind. Floor patterns lead the way along each of the themed wards and nurses’ stations are illuminated from below to guide children back to their rooms.

Interactive art features on the walls of the hospital have the effect of making the hospital bright and cheerful and also a distraction from illness. Parents’ needs are also catered for with pulldown beds for overnight stays and dedicated kitchen and rest areas.

Without the support and generosity of so many people, including star names, the Appeal couldn’t have achieved what it has so far. However, it is vital that the Noah’s Ark Appeal continues fundraising to support additional projects and facilities at the hospital to provide world-class care for generations of sick children in Wales.

The Cool Cymru Collection book offers fans the chance to own a part of the project, the royalties from which will be donated to the Noah’s Ark Appeal for the Children’s Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

The book, published by Graffeg, is a behind-the-scenes look at how the photographic collection has been created, documenting the journey photographer Morris has taken in building the series of portraits. It also has exclusive interviews with the celebrities themselves, including Charlotte Church, Gavin Henson, Bryn Terfel and Dame Shirley Bassey.

The book will go on sale at the official launch for the Cool Cymru Collection where the original signed portraits will be auctioned for Noah’s Ark.

Touring exhibition:  starting at WMC Cardiff.

The Cool Cymru Collection celebrates the great and dynamic talent in Wales, and as part of that celebration a duplicate set of Terry Morris’ iconic photographs will be touring around Wales in 2007 to give you the chance to see the beginning of Wales’ first Hall of Fame. The Collection will be launched to the public at Wales Millennium Centre on November 24th 2006 and stay housed there until 2007 before embarking on a journey around the country.

The book:

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Terry Morris and Dame Shirley Bassey in office suite 112 of Chelsea Harbour's Chambers (South ) building
Terry Morris and Dame Shirley Bassey in office suite 112 of Chelsea Harbour’s Chambers (South ) building
Shining star Dame Shirley Bassey has enjoyed more than half a century of showbiz succes
Shining star Dame Shirley Bassey has enjoyed more than half a century of showbiz succes
Terry Morris scatters diamonds loaned by jeweller Asprey onto the floor of his makeshift Chelsea Harbour studio
Terry Morris scatters diamonds loaned by jeweller Asprey onto the floor of his makeshift Chelsea Harbour studio
Members of an ITV Wales film crew look as Terry Morris and Dame Shirley Bassey talk ideas
Members of an ITV Wales film crew look as Terry Morris and Dame Shirley Bassey talk ideas
Let's see what we've got here. Dame Shirley Bassey has a sneak preview of her pictures
Let’s see what we’ve got here. Dame Shirley Bassey has a sneak preview of her pictures

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The shooting with Dame Shirley Bassey took 45 minutes, Terry capturing many frames filled with the doors he's shipped in to Chelsea from Llanelli
The shooting with Dame Shirley Bassey took 45 minutes, Terry capturing many frames filled with the doors he’s shipped in to Chelsea from Llanelli

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Dame Shirley Bassey looked sexy and mysterious in her black Vivienne Westwood dress
Dame Shirley Bassey looked sexy and mysterious in her black Vivienne Westwood dress

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The Cool Cymru Collection book – Special offer 50% off.

Take an incredible journey with Terry Morris on his quest to create Wales ‘s first photographic hall of fame. Enjoy his celebrity portraits and delight in the stories behind each shoot.

This book documents how the photographer used great skill and unyielding determination to meet the challenge of getting some wonderful Welsh idols to sit for him for free.

Journalist Andy Pearson’s first-hand commentary is a great read. His celebrity interviews and incisive insights into Terry’s thought processes provide a lively complement to the pictures.

The Cool Cymru Collection book features Charlotte Church, Gavin Henson, Bryn Terfel, Rhys Ifans, Joe Calzaghe, Ryan Giggs, Dame Shirley Bassey, Ioan Gruffudd and Stuart Cable.

This glossy hardback is a fabulous gift for all lovers of Wales, celebrities. and both. It’s a stunning keepsake for those who visit the Cool Cymru Collection exhibition.

Cool Cymru Collection is published by Graffeg – publishers of photographic books about contemporary Wales. To order the book visit http://www.graffeg.com.

For more information about the Cool Cymru Collection book phone Graffeg’s Vanessa Kilcoyne on 029 2037 7312.

•Cool Cymru Collection
•Over 80 photographs
•Size 250 x 300mm
•160 pages
•ISBN 9781905582099
•Now only £12.50

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11 thoughts on “Cool Cymru (Cool Wales)”

  1. As Ever Dame Shirley is Stunning,,Also the work Terry Morris put in to do the book with the other Welsh stars is a Great achievement.& for such a worth while cause,

    Dennis C.I

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  2. Dame Shirley looks wonderful..Also if you go onto the Graffeg website the book is now £5.00 inc postage.

    ( Lydia I have ordered you a copy, love Julie)

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    1. jill,as i have not orderd a copy yet i would really like to take you up on your kind offer,& Purchase it from you, I live in Jersey c.i ,Perhaps you know the best way for us to arrange for you to get it to me,

      Dennis

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  3. Reply to Dennis: I just need your mailing address and I will send to you no charge. I live in Canada so it may take a few weeks to arrive at your front door. Regards, Jill
    You will probably not wish to give your mailing address on this site, so we have to find a way around this.

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    1. Thank you jill for such a quick reply, i will find a way & get back in touch i think us Dame Shirley Fans are some of the most kind and helpful to each other around the world,for example CANADA ,to JERSEY in The CHANNEL ISLANDS & I have through the Bassey Blog Met another great friend in the U.K all through our love of Dame Shirley

      Dennis C.I

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    2. Dear Dennis,

      Maybe, just maybe, dear Pieter would be of help. He has my email address so possibly he could give that to you and then you send your mailing address. I have it boxed already to go. James Bondish, I await your instructions!!

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    3. Dear Jill, i have sent you an email asking you to confirm it has come through to you ,my fingers are crossed,as i first got not valid address look forward to conecting with you for a chat,

      Dennis

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    4. Received and sent you to say that. Use my email to send your mailing address. We will overcome.

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