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20 Jun

What’s happening at Nevill Hall Hospital?

The Aerial project is underway with workshops happening, or about to happen, in three different settings. Project participants have been exploring the themes of the project using a variety of artforms under the guidance of lead artist Tessa Waite. 


Ty Parc

Weekly workshops started at the Ty Parc homeless shelter in Tredegar before Easter. Since then they have enjoyed modelling in clay with Thomasin Toohie plus drawing, painting and working in aluminium with Tessa Waite. From Thursday June 19th, this group will spend four weeks experimenting with the words and lettering of the poet David Jones, guided by the stonecarving artist Matt Caines supported by Tessa.


Young people from three Solas Centres for homeless young people have, so far, taken part in five weekly workshops. (Woodstock House, Abergavenny, Hales House, Pontypool and The Countryman, Blackwood) They have been looking into the themes of the project using drawing with Tessa and then claywork, and modelling in wire and modroc with Penny Turnbull.(www.pennyturnbull.co.uk) One participant was inspired to write poetry in response to the project.

Crafty Women

The Abergavenny based Crafty Women Group are looking forward to starting their Aerial project workshops on Friday June 20th . They are anticipating an exciting five weeks engaging with the project alongside Becky Adams the books and textiles artist, again supported by Tessa. For more news about the Crafty Women group please click here or visit their Facebook page.

These are just the start of a packed programme of Aerial workshops. Watch this space for further information and pictures of upcoming Community Workshops.


If you would like regular updates on the progress of this project, please send your email address to kathy@artsalivewales.org.uk

2 Jun

Catharine Marr Johnson

Catherine-Marr-Johnson1This week we received the sad news that artist, Catharine Marr Johnson has passed away after a lengthy battle with Motor Neurone Disease.  It is difficult to overestimate Catharine’s immense contribution to Arts Alive Wales as an artist, patron and trustee; she has been such an inspiration to us in so many ways.

Catharine was a proactive fundraiser for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. If you wish to make a donation please visit Catharine’s Just Giving page.


14 May

Summer Programme 2014

summer booklet 2014The new summer booklet featuring all Arts Alive Wales projects, classes and events can be now be downloaded to your desktop.

(April – August)

Click on the link: AWW summer booklet pdf

30 Apr

Crickhowell Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers






The Crickhowell Guild are a mixed ability group of men and women, who meet every Thursday 10.30am – 3.00pm at Arts Alive Wales in Crickhowell.

Members are enthusiastic and talented craftspeople who focus on traditional textile crafts. They enjoy the weekly meetings where they are able to exchange ideas and to help and encourage each other.

The Guild has a varied annual programme of workshops, talks and visits.

The Guild is open to experienced crafts people as well as to complete beginners and always welcomes new members and visitors.

Looms, Spinning wheels and other equipment are available for use at the centre.

For more information visit The Guild’s website: crickhowellguildwsd.wordpress.com

10 Apr

Seeking an Arts Marketing Assistant…

To apply for this Jobs Growth Wales role at Arts Alive Wales, visit https://ams.careerswales.com/Public/Vacancies/View.aspx?vid=21480

We are delighted to announce that we have a new paid internship available (minimum wage) for an Arts Marketing Assistant funded through Jobs Growth Wales for an initial 6 months.  The vacancy is advertised on the Careers Wales website; applicants should be aged between 16-24, interested in working in arts marketing, be well organised and have really great communication skills. The post is based at our office in Crickhowell.  Closing date for applications (NB applications via the careers wales website only) is 18 April 2014.  The start date is flexible but ideally the internship should start in June. 

 Candidates: please make sure that you apply via the Jobs Growth Wales website and that you are eligible*

The vacancy reference is 21480 (Arts Marketing Assistant)

* Eligibility Criteria

·        Unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week

·        24 years old or under

·        Not in full-time education

·        Resident in Wales

19 Feb

Tai Chi, Pilates & Yoga evening classes

Tai Chi with Dek Leverton


For further details and to register for a class contacts Dek email: dekleverton@tiscali.co.uk

Class1: Beginners, 6pm

Class 2: Intermediate, 7:30pm


Pilates with Julia Hindley


Class 1:     6.15pm to 7.15pm

Class 2:    7.30pm to 8.30pm

£80 for the term.

For further details and to resister for a class contact Julia on 07854773418 or email juliahindley@hotmail.com


Yoga with Cathy Genevie


Class 1:    5:45 – 6:45 pm

Class 2:     7:00 – 8:15 pm


For further details and to register for a class contact Cathy on 01873 812 637 or email: cegenevie@btinternet.com


25 Sep

‘Sheltered’ project is up and running

‘Sheltered’ is a new Abergavenny based Arts Project to promote community cohesion in a rural town.

A cross generational project for participants that experience challenges associated with housing needs, this project is working with elderly residents based at sheltered Housing Association settings and with homeless young people.

On Tuesday September 24th the Sheltered project got off to a great start!
In the morning, Graham Hartill met with a group of older residents from Old Hereford Rd Sheltered Housing. They will be meeting on Tuesday mornings for the next six weeks to share their stories.
That same afternoon, Matt Caines started his stone carving workshops with a group of young people from 3 Solas-Cymru houses (Woodstock House, Hales House and The Countryman). None of these young people had done any stone carving before but they all had a go and have learned some basic techniques, ready for the project ahead.

We are looking forward to seeing how this project progresses.



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