Current Projects

Criw Celf South Powys 2018

Criw Celf S Powys

 

Criw Celf South Powys (formerly called Portfolio) is a visual arts project for young people (11-19yrs) with a special interest and talent in art.  The project boosts students’ artistic skills and knowledge and encourages creative careers. We introduce students to professional artists, makers and designers through inspirational workshops, studio and gallery visits, exploring different approaches to art and design.

 

 

“It’s made a difference because I really do want to do art as a GCSE now as I …

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Caban Crefft

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Caban Crefft / Craft Cabin is a new two-year Culture, Health & Wellbeing initiative funded by the Health Lottery and offers regular, creative sessions for targeted groups of young people aged 16 – 25.

 

Two groups have been created in Abergavenny – one in King Henry VIII High School  and the other in Woodstock House, part of Solas Cymru, which provides supported accommodation for homeless young people in Monmouthshire.

Weekly workshops with professional artists will enable young people …

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AIR LAB / LAB AWYR

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Air Lab – creating new perspectives

Air Lab is a new digital project focused on the potential of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), exploring the terrain of the Black Mountains from the sky, through a programme of training events and workshops. Artists, creative technologists and environmental organisations will work together to increase skills and knowledge, experiment and network in a spirit of peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.

Air Lab will take place in Crickhowell during November and includes:

 

 

Air Lab

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HWYL

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“I enjoyed helping my mother. It was moving to see her painting again – something she used to love but hasn’t done for many years. My grandson joined in too.”

 

 

HWYL was a partnership project between Dementia Matters in Powys (DMiP) and Arts Alive Wales (AAW) at Brecon War Memorial Hospital. It ran weekly between October 2016 to March 2017.

DMiP is a newly constituted organisation that aims to build a dementia-friendly County that fully supports the well-being …

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PORTFFOLIO 2017

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Portffolio (11-15 yrs) & Portffolio+Plus (15-19 yrs) is a visual arts project for young people with a special interest and talent in art.  The project boosts students’ artistic skills and knowledge and encourages creative careers. We introduce students to professional artists, makers and designers through inspirational workshops, studio and gallery visits, exploring different approaches to art and design.

 


‘It’s great being around creative people, it always sparks new ideas. The project helped me see that people can do art as

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Peak / Copa

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CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS

Peak /Copa is an initiative devised by Arts Alive Wales which develops opportunities for contemporary art in the Black Mountains for the benefit of the region’s artists, communities and visitors.

Peak is exploring potential for artist residencies, commissions, exhibitions, artist-led projects and festivals, alongside education and outreach programmes for young people.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

For details of current projects, events and residencies visit the Peak blog: peakart.org.uk

 

BACKGROUND

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Caban Sgriblio

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Caban (Welsh for Cabin) is an Arts Alive Wales programme for young people. Caban offers high quality arts activities for young people in our rural areas where it is often difficult to get access to the most exciting contemporary culture that young people in cities take for granted. There are two strands in our Caban programme: Caban Sgriblio and Caban Crefft.

 

 

Caban Sgriblio

 

‘Basically, it’s taking your brain, mushing up all the amazing ideas, pouring them into

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CRAFTY WOMEN

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Abergavenny Based Textile Project

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In 2013 Arts Alive worked in partnership with Monmouthshire Housing Association to create a new creative crafts and textile group in Abergavenny. The group was set up in order to respond to the health needs of MHA female tenants in Abergavenny and to improve their general well being. Set up by Arts Alive Wales artist Miranda Thomason for its initial 10 week phase, Miranda handed over leadership to project enabler and Monmouthshire Housing Association …

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Archive Projects

Portffolio 2017 (11-15yrs)

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What words would you use to describe Portffolio?
‘Educational, Inspiring, Exciting, Interactive, Creative’

 

Portffolio (11-15 yrs) & Portffolio+Plus (15-19 yrs) is a visual arts project for young people with a special interest and talent in art.  The project boosts students’ artistic skills and knowledge and encourages creative careers. We introduce students to professional artists, makers and designers through inspirational workshops, studio and gallery visits, exploring different approaches to art and design.

 

Portffolio : 11-15 year olds took place

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Food Festival Art Project – Blodeuwedd and Owl

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An installation for Abergavenny Market Hall at the 2016 Food Festival

Blod and Owl was an inspirational intergenerational art project designed and led by Bettina Reeves, (senior tutor, Theatre Design, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama).  The theme was chosen by Bettina to mark the return of the National Eisteddfod to Abergavenny in 2016. With elements already displayed on the Maes in August, the completed installation was hung in Abergavenny Market Hall for the 2016 Abergavenny Food …

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BROOKSIDE ART PROJECT 2015

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A cross-generational arts project for Brookside Care Home and Llangorse Primary School, Powys.

In the Summer of 2015 Arts Alive Wales in collaboration with Dementia Friendly Brecon led an arts project to give children a chance to work, learn and make art with residents of their local care home. Professional Artists Pip Woolf and Tessa Waite led art workshops which brought residents and carers from Brookside Care Home together with pupils from Llangorse primary school. Rhiannon Davies from Dementia Friendly …

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ART & DEMENTIA

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Arts Alive is taking part in 2016 Gwanwyn Festival ‘celebrating creativity in older age’ with a taster day run by professional artists for people living with cognitive impairment. The taster day will be followed by weekly workshops involving a range of creative activities. Workshops are suitable for both those with dementia and for those in a caring role.

The workshops will be followed by cross-generational art sessions in Autumn 2016, which will build on the success of the ART

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SHELTERED – CABAN CREFFT 2015-16

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Sculptor Matt Caines has been leading stone carving sessions in his workshop in Abergavenny for young people supported by homeless organisations Solas-Cymru (Abergavenny) and Gwalia (Brecon).

Outdoor dry stone walling sessions for young people supported by Solas-Cymru were led by professional waller Nigel Spiers in a project partnership with Walls of Llangynidr. The sessions took place on a farm on the Blorenge, near Abergavenny.

‘I feel I am gaining confidence from carving. I enjoy the control and seeing

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CRIW CELF 2015

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Criw Celf provides opportunities for pupils to experience inspirational visual arts workshops. The experimental sessions facilitated by professional artists, are aimed at developing the skills and confidence of pupils and advocating creative qualifications.

Criw Celf offers inspirational workshops for 11-14 year olds, in media such as printmaking, drawing, textiles and sculpture. The project’s Lead Artist, Morag Colquhoun, introduces participants to a new artist at each workshop, exploring different ideas and approaches to art and design. There will also be …

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PORTFOLIO 2014/15

Workshop with Textile Artist, Laura Thomas

 

Portfolio provides opportunities for pupils to experience inspirational visual arts workshops. The experimental sessions facilitated by professional artists, are aimed at developing the skills and confidence of pupils and advocating creative qualifications.

Portfolio offers inspirational workshops for 15 – 19 year olds, in media such as printmaking, drawing, textiles and sculpture. The project’s Lead Artist, Morag Colquhoun, introduces participants to a new artist at each workshop, exploring different ideas and approaches to art and design. There will also …

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Pigs Might Fly – Abergavenny Food Festival 2014

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We are delighted to present our 2014 Abergavenny Food Festival art installation – ‘Pigs Might Fly’, designed by Bettina Reeves and assembled by a team of volunteers who worked hard to get the pigs ready for the festival. The sculptures are now on display in the Abergavenny Market Hall for everybody to enjoy.

The installation this year has been well received by local people and visitors alike. Below is just a selection of the feedback that was received in response …

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Noise

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‘NOISE’, is a contemporary music industry project for young people in Powys interested in making, presenting and performing music, funded by Powys County Council and Arts Council of Wales.

 

Arts Alive Wales worked with Powys County Council’s Arts Service and other arts organisations across the county on the project. Open to all young people aged between 14 and 25 years old, the aim is to offer free workshops, master classes and events offering the opportunity for young people to …

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Dreamscape

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In 2008, Arts Alive were commissioned by GARTH (Gwent Arts in Health) to create a large scale art work for Nevill Hall District General Hospital in Abergavenny to enhance the environment of its outpatients hall.

 

In response, artists Bettina Reeves, Keri Schofield and Lisa Hellier designed a participatory project to create 3 double sided canopies depicting the transition from night time through twilight to daylight – a ‘dreamscape’.  W B Yeats poem ‘He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’ …

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Aerial @ Nevill Hall Hospital

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Funded by The Arts Council of Wales and in partnership with Gwent Arts in Health, the Aerial project will culminate in the creation of an exciting new art installation for the atrium of the Outpatients Hall  at Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny.

The overall design for the new artwork has been created by artist, Tessa Waite, who will lead on the completion and installation.

Inspired by the poetry and artwork …

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The Art Factor – CRIW CELF 2014

The Art Factor 2014

The Art Factor provides extra-curricular activities for artistically talented and able pupils to experience inspirational visual arts workshops. The experimental sessions facilitated by professional artists, are aimed at developing the skills and confidence of pupils and encouraging the take up of arts based qualifications within Powys.

CRIW CELF has been devised for 11-14 year olds. In total 37 pupils were nominated by secondary schools across South Powys to take part, with a maximum of 12 places available.

Arts Alive Wales …

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SHELTERED 2013

 

Abergavenny based Arts Project to promote community cohesion in a rural town.

In September 2013, Arts Alive Wales began a cross generational arts project aimed at people based in sheltered accommodation in Abergavenny. ‘Sheltered’ was one element of an ongoing Arts and Health programme, set up by Arts Alive Wales to support positive emotional and mental health within Mid and South-East Wales.

The Sheltered project lasted for ten weeks and the final sculptures are currently on display at Arts …

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WHITESTONE FOREST ARTS 2013

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September – November 2013

Arts Alive Wales has been facilitating outdoor Forest Arts programmes since 2007, initially working from a National Trust owned site at the Skirrid in Abergavenny. The programmes are targeted at adults, families and young people who would benefit from creative activities in the outdoors and for whom participation is difficult due to their circumstances.

Following a partnership project with Wye Valley AONB, on their ‘Inside Out’ project, Arts Alive Wales began working at Whitestone, …

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Caban Sgriblio

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At the end of 2013, Arts Alive Wales worked closely with Powys Arts Development Service and Powys High School to create ‘Caban Sgriblio’; a creative writing project to develop the confidence of young people.

 

Writing professionals facilitated a series of short creative writing workshops for Key Stage 3 (11 -14 years) in Crickhowell, Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells high schools.The project offered support and guidance to the students whilst encouraging them to use their creativity and imagination to develop …

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