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Creative Network newsletter – FEBRUARY 2017

We have made it through the dark days of January and looking ahead to a busy February! This month’s newsletter features opportunities for crafts practitioners to exhibit and develop their work and highlights special events at the Arts Alive Wales studio for Creative Network members.


Please email the Creative Network Co-ordinator Rhoda Lane at to promote your news and activities


1197.113022.newsletterSignupImg.engGRANTS ADVICE SESSION – Oriel Davies

Arts Council Wales Officers will be at Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown on Friday 10th February for a Grants Advice Session.


If you would like to have guidance on how to obtain Arts Council funding to develop your practice or improve your project proposals, you can make an appointment by emailing, or by calling 0845 8734 900. The first appointment is usually about 10am, and the last one about 2pm.

Consult the Arts Council of Wales webpages for further advice regarding grant eligibility criteria.



images-1BRECON WOMEN’S FESTIVAL – Artisan Craft Market

Brecon Women’s Festival is a showcase of arts businesses run by women. If you design and hand craft your art, hold courses or perform, you are welcome to book a stand at the festival.



The festival runs from 2 – 11 March 2017. To exhibit at the one-day Artisan Crafts Market on 4 March you should submit your application by Saturday 11th February.

For more information, see the Facebook page for Brecon Women’s Festival and contact the organiser Emma Bevan at



imagesREBECCA LONCRAINE – A Celebration

On Sunday 12 February Arts Alive Wales are hosting a celebration event to mark the life and work of writer and teacher Rebecca Loncraine, who contributed so much to the work of Arts Alive Wales, the local community and its cultural life.


The event will take place at The Arts Alive Wales Studio from 6-8pm. It will include an introductory performance by Graham Hartill and Fiona Hamilton, as well as readings by writers who knew her. It will be a chance to for those who had the privilege of learning, and working with Rebecca to celebrate her life.

Refreshments will be provided and donations most welcome. RSVP if possible to




logo-2LONDON DESIGN FAIR – British Craft Pavilion

Craft practitioners are invited to submit their work for exhibition at the British Craft Pavilion for the London Design Fair on 21 – 24 September 2017.


The Fair was launched to great acclaim in 2016, and this year it will double in capacity to exhibit the work of 50 selected makers, curated by Hole and Corner. In all, the Fair will host 500 exhibitors from 28 countries.

“The British Craft Pavilion will present the very best of British craftsmanship across the full spectrum of craft disciplines and will be the home for craft during the London Design Festival.”

The deadline for submissions is Monday 13th February. Download an application pack and check the schedule of the selection process by visiting the website.



cave of forgotten dreamsFILM NIGHT – Cave of Forgotten Dreams

On Thursday 16th February at 7pm, Graeme Hobbs will be giving an introduction to Werner Herzog’s immersive film Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010).


Herzog’s extraordinary, immersive film takes the viewer deep into one of humankind’s earliest treasures, the Chauvet cave, a subterranean world filled with 30,000 year-old paintings.

This is a FREE event for Creative Network members. If you are attending, please email to confirm. Click here for more details.




imgresREQUEST – Studio Space

Creative Network member Elin Thomas is a crafts practitioner specialising in crochet and sewing.


Based in the Blaenavon hills, she is seeking a suitable artist studio or equivalent space within a 10-mile radius, and would welcome suggestions from other members.

The workspace would need to be dry with good lighting, however, all types of space will be considered. If you can recommend a studio, please get in touch with Elin via




Darlith-Lecture-2-885x480POETRY: Muddy Fox by Chris Kinsey

Poet Chris Kinsey, a former Writer in Residence at Oriel Davies Gallery, will be launching her latest poetry pamphlet called Muddy Fox (Rack Press) at Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown.


Chris will be joined by Nicholas Murray, poet, biographer, fiction writer and founder of Rack Press and poet and visual artist, Nicky Arscott.


The event is FREE and all are welcome to attend. See the Literature Wales webpage

Saturday 25th February, 2pm – Oriel Davies Gallery



rebecca spooner & justine wheatleyREVIEW SESSIONS – with Rebecca Spooner

Creative Network members and students are invited to a one-to-one review session with our Creative Director, Rebecca Spooner.


If you would like constructive feedback, advice on arts funding or how to promote your work, book your slot today.


£15 / £10 for Creative Network members and students

Tuesday 28th February

Arts Alive Wales studio, Crickhowell 

Only 6 places are available. 45 minute time slots.



imgresCONFERENCE – Digital Innovation in the Arts

If you are interested in the role played by digital media in the arts, there is an opportunity to find out more about the recent projects funded through the Arts Council of Wales and Nesta programme Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales.



On Tuesday 14th March, a full day conference will be held at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff where Arts Alive Wales will discuss the results of the Peak’s R&D projects, involving the live streaming of performances and events from the Black Mountains:

Noctule  (August 2016) – an underground performance

Limelight  (October 2016) – illuminating the industrial landscape of lime

Y Gors Ddu  (March 2017) – paint it black

The companies Hijinx, Artis Community, Bombastic and g39 will also present the findings from their respective projects.

You can register for a FREE place at this event by contacting Ambra Cosentino at



allinaspin_small_spinningSPOTLIGHT ON: Dunja Roberts

Dunja Roberts is a Cwmdu-based farmer and maker specialising in textile crafts. Living and working on Pen Y Caeau Farm, Dunja spins, weaves, crochets and knits using yarn spun from the sheep on her farm.


“We raise predominantly native breed sheep – Clun Forest and Lincoln Longwools from the UK and Zwartbles from Holland. They provide the fine quality wool for my classes.” 

Dunja is passionate about the ancient technique of spinning and runs courses in order to keep the practice alive. Her next courses begin in March, and you can sign up for spinning, weaving and even dyeing. Two units from these courses are accredited, through Agored Cymru, one at Level 1 and one at Level 3.  This means that you can now gain a nationally recognised certificate in hand spinning, the first of its kind in the UK.

Write to Dunja on her webpage to book your place.


If you have a news item or Spotlight profile that you would like to feature in our March newsletter, write to Rhoda at by Monday 20th Feburary

– Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator

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