Green Fire II: Thrive and Survive

Arts Alive Wales at Maendu Well, Brecon 2010Green 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 in Talgarth, Abergavenny, Brecon and at our studio in Crickhowell. 

Tân Gwyrdd yw’r prosiect sy’n bwriadu ysgogi unigolion a chymunedau i ymateb yn greadigol i’w hamgylchedd ac archwilio ffyrdd cynaliadwy o fyw. Mae ei gyfnod 2010, ‘Thrive and Survive’ yn archwilio’r syniad bod creadigrwydd yr un mor sylfaenol a hanfodol i’n lles â bwyd, lloches, d?r a dillad.  Rydym yn gweithio yn Nhalgarth, y Fenni, Aberhonddu a Chrucywel.

Who will benefit

The project includes open access events for everyone, and targeted sessions aimed at children, young people and adults living in communities in North Abergavenny, Brecon and Talgarth that experience social and/or economic exclusion for a number of reasons including mental health issues, poor housing, limited work and educational opportunities and rural isolation. We are working with the following partner groups to identify and engage our participants:

  • GARTH (Gwent Arts in Heath)
  • Local mental health support groups and voluntary organisations including Abergavenny MIND and Brecon and District Contact Association (BDCA).
  • Women’s Aid in Monmouthshire and Powys
  • Powys and Monmouthshire Youth Services
  • North Abergavenny Communities First Partnership
  • Local Housing Authorities and Housing Associations (Melin; Wales and West)
  • Schools in North Monmouthshire and South Powys
  • County Council Officers and appropriate partnerships (CYPP, Older People)

Project Partners

We are very grateful to our environmental and statutory partners, who provide a mixture of practical and financial support for the project.  These include:

Environmental Partners

  • Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
  • Maendu Well Conservation Group
  • National Trust
  • Brecknock Wildlife Trust
  • Coed Cymru
  • Wye Valley AONB

Health and Social Partners

  • Vintage Vision
  • Maendu Well Conservation Group
  • Waimon
  • Felin Talgarth Mill
  • Brecon and District Contact Association
  • Alzheimers Support


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