Current Projects

CABAN

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Caban is a project devised and delivered by Arts Alive Wales that supports children and young people to participate in the arts while developing their confidence, resilience and creativity.

Caban is supported by BBC Children in Need and the Arts Council of Wales and is one of only 13 projects in the UK in 2014 that has been awarded a grant from the Clore Poetry and Literature Awards.

The project  has three strands: Writing/Sgriblio, Art/Celf and Craft/Crefft and provides …

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PEAK

PEAK

 

CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS

 

PEAK is an initiative devised by Arts Alive Wales seeking to develop platforms for contemporary art in the Black Mountains and Borders for the benefit of the region’s artists, communities and visitors.

PEAK is exploring potential for artistic exchange (regional and international), artist residencies, exhibitions, temporary studio and gallery spaces, artist-led projects, curator visits and festivals, as well as education and outreach programmes for young people.

 

 

BACKGROUND

The inspiration for …

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CRIW CELF 2015

Workshop with Tessa Waite

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

 
‘Its great being around creative people, it always sparks new ideas’

- Kieran, Portfolio participant, 2015.

 

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 – 18 year olds, in media such as printmaking, drawing, textiles and sculpture. The project’s Lead Artist, Morag Colquhoun, introduces participants to a new …

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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 …

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Tessa Waite & Monmouthshire Housing Association

Visual artist Tessa Waite has been responsible for the design and themes of the Aerial project since January, 2014. She has...

King Henry VIII School Workshops

The pupils at King Henry VIII Comprehensive School have contributed towards the Aerial projects by making acrylic shapes...

Becky Adams & Crafty Women

Becky Adams and Crafty Women have been working together for the Aerial project. Crafty Women were an absolute delight to...

Sarah Rhys & Torfaen MIND

Sarah Rhys has been working with a group at MIND in Torfaen. I had a really responsive group at Torfaen MIND. I was delighted...

Prue Thimbleby & Torfaen MIND

Prue Thimbleby has been working with MIND at the Pontypool Wellbeing Centre for the Aerial project. I have worked with a...

CRAFTY WOMEN

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Abergavenny Based Textile Project

CRAFTY WOMEN 

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

Pigs Might Fly – Abergavenny Food Festival 2014

Pigs Might Fly - Bettina Reeves

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

NOISE 2013

‘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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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

2013 winter solstice celebration fire

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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 …

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The Art Factor – PORTFOLIO 2013/14

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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 students and encouraging the take up of arts based qualifications.

PORTFOLIO has been devised for 15-18 year olds. Over 50 students were nominated by schools across South Powys to take part in the project, with a maximum of 12 places available. Arts Alive Wales is delivering …

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Lighting Up The Canal

Lighting Up The Canal

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal bicentenary celebration

 

Throughout autumn 2012 Arts Alive Wales ran a lantern making project culminating in an event at the Brecon Canal Basin on 1st December to celebrate the bicentenary of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

The event featured giant, brightly coloured lanterns made by communities along the canal as well as fire sculptures, performers, live music and a stunning feature lantern made by project director Lynette Margerison.

“Lighting up the Canal was a wonderful

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The Art Factor – CRIW CELF 2013

Sculpture 4 (photo credit: James Hudson)

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

 

 

CRIW CELF was devised for Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils based in South Powys.

Participants of CRIW CELF were been selected by nomination from schools and parents/guardians.

Workshops:

Morag

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Woollen Line

Pip Woolf

Background: During the hot summer of 1976, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, fires destroyed an area of blanket bog on Pen Trumau mountain, opposite the ‘Dragon’s Back’. The loss of bog vegetation left a raw, black, wound on this unique landscape . Artist, Pip Woolf, who had worked with wool in the past, believed that wool could offer a “healing comfort” and restore the damaged landscape to the luscious green environment it once was. The Woollen …

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Hand Made in Talgarth

We have been back in Talgarth in 2012 running a wide variety of  workshops based around ‘Creative Skills’.  Join us at 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday 11 July at the Arts Alive Wales studio for a private view of ‘Hand Made in Talgarth’, an exhibition of photos and artworks created during the past months.…

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Masks and Drama

A Creative Skills Project to promote well-being

This project takes place in the lovely Arts Alive studio in Crickhowell on Fridays until 27th July from 10.30am to 3pm. It is the perfect place to relax, get creative and meet others as a route to improved health and well being.

Artist Kathy Young is running workshops with up to 10 participants to explore the use of masks to create drama. We particularly invite adults (priority to young people ages 18-25) who …

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Forest Arts at WHITESTONE

Creative Skills: Harnessing Natural Energies
November 2011 to July 2012


Arts Alive Wales Whitestone project is an outdoor ‘Forest Arts’ project for targeted groups that experience exclusion or difficulty in accessing involvement in the arts and the natural environment. Each session takes place around the ‘Forest Circle’. Building and lighting the fire, and sitting in the circle to talk, share food and drink (activities may include simple cooking over the fire) are an important feature of the sessions.

The creative …

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‘A Safe Place’ for International Women’s Day

International Women's Day Workshops March

Arts Alive Wales have been working closely with Penny Hallas, Head of Arts Therapies, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, to provide creative activities for adults with learning disabilties in 2012 and were awarded funding from the Welsh Government to run art workshops for women with learning disabilties to mark International Women’s Day.

We held free arts events on 21st February and 6th March 2012 in our studio in Crickhowell to celebrate International Women’s Day.  Artist Morag Colquhoun ran the workshops.…

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