Current Projects




PEAK : developing platforms for the creation and presentation of contemporary art in the Black Mountains.

PEAK is an initiative devised by Rebecca Spooner, Arts Development Manager at Arts Alive Wales, in response to the organisation’s strategic aims to generate professional and creative opportunities for artists in the region and to provide access to contemporary art within a rural area.

PEAK is exploring potential for rural networks, artistic exchange (regional and international), artist residencies, exhibitions, temporary studio and gallery …

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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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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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Abergavenny Based Textile Project


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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Caban Sgriblio



At the end of 2013, Arts Alive 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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The Art Factor – PORTFOLIO 2014

Jackie Chettur workshop

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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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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Archive Projects


‘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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Blanced Hiraeth



Arts Alive Wales collaborative community project in 2011 was ‘Blanced Hiraeth’, a patchwork blanket made from Organic Welsh Wool in muted browns and greys with top notes of crimson, green and cream.  The project was conceived and organised for Arts Alive Wales by the talented Ginevra Croft, truly Queen of everything woolly in knit or crochet!

Ginevra created a set of simple instructions and suggested patterns with wool kits for participants.  The response to the project was fantastic, and …

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Gardens Of Plenty


 A collaboration from Abergavenny Food Festival and Arts Alive Wales.


Gardens of Plenty was brought to life by the expert eye of Bettina Reeves and a team of wonderful, dedicated volunteers.  These playful, colourful sculptures were an eagerly awaited highlight of the Abergavenny Food Festival, living up to the high standard expected from this annual occasion.  Bettina’s theme for 2013 ‘Gardens of Plenty’ was influenced by the abundance of our local allotments and the fresh produce on sale …

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Model Mayhem


February half term 2014


Penny Turnbull ran 2 days of modelling activity in our studio in half term week and whilst the weather had yet to turn sunny, the wild and colourful imaginings of the children who came along put a smile on everyone’s face.



With an enormous range of fun modelling materials to work with and paint and textiles for embellishment, our young artists were given complete freedom to create whatever they wanted.  Imagination ran riot …

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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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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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2013 winter solstice celebration fire

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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‘Going Out – a night to remember!’

Going Out - a night  to remember

During March 2013 Arts Alive Wales and Dance Blast worked on a project with Melin Housing for girls and women. The project enabled older women to share stories of their younger days which were used as inspiration for a dance piece developed and performed by girls and young women.



Arts Alive Wales is an educational arts charity that works in the local community in a range of arts media for all ages. Our work includes the market hall

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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)

Encouraging the next generation of young, Welsh artists…


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 …

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CREATIVE SKILLS – Harnessing Natural Energies

Creative Skills is our new project promoting creativity and wellbeing.

It offers opportunities to participate in high quality enjoyable artist-led activities, explore the environment and improve health and well-being.

Mae ‘Sgiliau Creadigol’ yn cynnig cyfleoedd i gymryd rhan mewn gweithgareddau sy’n cael eu harwain gan artist, archwilio’r amgylchedd, a gwella iechyd a lles. Ymgymerir â’r prosiect yn Whitestone (Dyffryn Gwy), Talgarth a’n Stiwdio

The project includes some open access events but is mainly targeted at groups, communities and individuals in …

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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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Green Fashion

Green Fashion

In the summer of 2011, Arts Alive worked at Vintage Vision in Abergavenny on a ‘Green Fashion’ project. Weekly sessions at Lion Street offered women the opportunity to learn new skills and get creative with textiles, writing and photography.

The creative team led a series of garment creation or customisation textile workshops incorporating photography and writing to explore the significance of specific items of clothing, their social and practical functions, their value, and the memories and narratives they transmit as …

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Green Fire II: Thrive and Survive

Green Fire, is a project cycle that began in Autumn 2009. It aims to promote creativity and wellbeing by inspiring individuals and communities to respond creatively to their environment and explore sustainable ways of living.  

Now in its second year, Green Fire II: ’Thrive and Survive’ is a creative exploration of basic human needs.  It explores the idea that the arts and creativity are as fundamental and essential to our wellbeing  as food, shelter, water and clothing.  

We are working …

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Greenfire Talgarth


Arts Alive worked for the first time in Talgarth, using new collaborations between artists, wildlife educators and craftspeople to bring the different parts of the community together and to build stronger awareness of its unique and precious natural resources.

Tree Dressing
Lanterns Procession
Stone Carving


Talgarth was highlighted in the local and national nation news with the renovation of the Talgarth Mill Project as an innovative model for community enterprise and a springboard for local regeneration.

Arts Alive has been …

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