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28 Dec

Peak: Art in the Black Mountains

Peak logoFrom Monday 1st January 2018, Arts Alive Wales will be known as Peak. This new name and look, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of our charity, will help promote our work to a wider audience.


You may be familiar with Peak as the name of our visual arts programme Peak/Copa, which has seen us deliver some exciting projects and residencies with professional artists over the past four years, gaining recognition for exciting artist-led projects in collaboration with Canal & Rivers Trust, Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons National Park and Abergavenny Food Festival amongst others. Now the organisation is looking to the future with a new identity as Peak. Creative Director Rebecca Spooner said:

‘Peak seemed a natural choice for our new name. It is short and memorable, and connects to our unique rural location as well as pointing to the ambition of our work with communities and professional artists.’


Cardiff-based artist, graphic designer and filmmaker Mark James designed the logo, which has echoes of our mountainous environment in its colours and contours.

The name change to Peak comes at a time of exciting growth for the organisation, which is now a member of Arts Portfolio Wales, one of 67 arts organisations that receive investment from Arts Council of Wales. Major UK funders, including BBC Children in Need and the Health Lottery, are also supporting its arts projects for children and young people in the region.

While Peak’s 2018 programme reflects change and innovation, with digital technology playing an increasing role, Peak continues to provide the creative experiences that have been central to its success since 1988 and the organisation’s ethos remains the same. Chief Executive Justine Wheatley explains:

‘Participation in the arts is at the heart of everything we do, creating opportunities for those with least access, especially for children and young people of all abilities and backgrounds.’


The Peak Spring Programme 2018 is out now, launching the new name as well as a fundraising appeal to ensure that the charity can reach more children and young people.


You can contact us via email via info@peak.cymru or call 01973 811579

The new Peak website www.peak.cymru will go live on 1st February 2018.
You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the handle @peakcymru.



2 Nov

CABAN SGRIBLIO: Prize-Winning Poet and Cinematographer celebrate success of Tredegar children at Bedwellty House

Last Wednesday 25th October, we welcomed thirteen Young People, their parents and teachers to Bedwellty House in Tredegar to celebrate their achievements on the Caban Sgriblio project. We were thrilled to be joined by poet and teacher Jonathan Edwards from Crosskeys, an inspirational writer who has received much praise for his work, including the 2015 Costa Poetry Prize.


Caban Sgriblio, a Children in Need funded project, hosted after school sessions at Bedwellty House for eight weeks in Spring 2017 with the aim of unlocking the potential of local children as confident, creative communicators.  Children nominated by Deighton Primary, Brynbach Primary, Glanhowy Primary, St. Joseph’s R.C. Primary, Georgetown Primary and Tredegar Comprehensive Schools, seized the opportunity to express themselves in writing through poetry, and on film through spoken word.

At the end of the project, Bafta Award-Winning and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Richard Greatrex captured the children’s performance of their own poems direct to camera or audio. The event was the first time that the children, teachers and family have viewed their films in their ‘final cut’.

Children who took part praised the Caban Sgriblio experience, enjoying the freedom to explore and express their ideas.

It has really helped with my confidence and I can now share my ideas with other people, no matter how odd they may be, as I didn’t want to before’ …. ‘It was awesome’. 

The success of the project was helped by its location at Bedwellty House, whose staff created a generous and hospitable welcome for the children and the professionals working with them.

We can’t wait to return to Bedwellty House and showcase the amazing talent of these wonderful Tredegar young people” commented Justine Wheatley, Arts Alive Wales Chief Executive.

We will be sharing the recorded and written work of the children on our website and social media channels over the coming weeks. We hope that you’ll enjoy reading and listening to these wonderful pieces.




Cheetah, sunset brown with bold ink black spots, beautiful.

From birth faster than speeding stars.

They race across the sun burnt land

or feed, renowned for their fresh capture,


Don’t be fooled by its first sight of elegance and beauty.

Crouched down in the grass, tail flowing with the wind, still, careful

Chest panting fast, after giving up on you.

By Niamh


To coincide with Children in Need, BBC Radio 4’s programme The Listening Project will feature Caban Sgriblio participant Krystal in conversation with her teacher Hayley, discussing her experience of the project. The programme will feature on BBC Radio Wales at around 11.30am on Friday 17th November, followed by BBC Radio 4s The Listening Project omnibus on Sunday 19th November at 14.45. It will then be available on the website.


Caban Sgriblio will return to Tredegar in 2018.  To find out more contact Emma Beynon at Arts Alive Wales: emma@artsalivewales.org.uk or call 01873 811579.

1 Nov

AIR LAB: Announcing our Generator artists!

air lab 2After a competitive process, we have selected artists for our professional development programme Air Lab Generator. They will collaborate with technologists, curators and environmentalists.



On Monday 13th November, the participants will be coached by:

Artist and technologist Charles Gershom;

Aerial surveillance and filming expert, Alex Rees – Pilot / Founder and Director of  Mighty Sky,;

Gemma Brace Teaching Fellow and Curator in History of Art, Heritage and Museums, University of Bristol Exhibitions Curator at RWA and co-curator  of Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017 ;

Associate Producer for Air Lab, Dr Emma Posey.

The following individuals were chosen on the basis of their artistic practice and motivation to explore the uses of drones  with the aim of incorporating digital elements in their work, and to understand the issues and senitivities of working in the Black Mountains.


Susan Adams

Born in Kent, Susan Adams now works at her studio near Brecon and occasionally teaches at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales. Her practice embraces various media including painting, print, polychromed wood-carving and video. After studying Painting at Norwich School of Art and the Slade Susan became Fine Art Fellow at Cheltenham College of Art. She then worked as Artist in Residence in India, the USA and the UK including at ArtsAcre Calcutta, Millay Colony New York, Welsh National Opera, Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island), Oriel Mostyn and Shaftesbury Abbey. She was also selected to become the first Artist in Residence at Gloucester Cathedral.

Drawn to the uncanny, Susan is engaged with expressing a sense of narrative through art, making use of folk art, literature, film and children’s book illustration. She is interested in the exchange between the solid real, belief and the imaginary. An exploration of medieval sainthood led on to a collaborative project with contemporary voice-hearers in Wales. A recipient of a major Creative Wales Award, Susan used the grant to collaborate with writers and travel to the USA and Canada to establish a dialogue with internationally acclaimed artists who use narrative in their practice.

Susan Adams has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, venues in Wales include Oriel Mostyn, Oriel Mwldan, Attic Cardiff, MoMA Wales; as well as venues in London, Paris, Maastricht and Zagreb.




Richard Billingham

Richard graduated from Sunderland University with a degree in Painting in 1994.
He was offered gallery representation by Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London and began exhibiting internationally in shows such as New Photography 12, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Sensation, Royal Academy, London; Life Live, ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Paris and Pictura Britannica, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

In 1997 he was the first recipient of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize and the following year BBC2 broadcast his film Fishtank, (47mins) produced by Artangel and filmmaker Adam Curtis. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2001 and was nominated for the Turner Prize, also 2001, for his show at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

His work is held in many collections including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, V & A and Tate Galleries, London. More recently, he has written and directed his first feature film Ray & Liz, to be released in 2018. He has been Professor in the Creative Industries at Middlesex University since 2012 and is a lecturer in Fine Art Photography at the University of Gloucestershire.




Stefhan Caddick

Stefhan is a visual artist working in video, installation and performance. His practice spans a range of media but he has an ongoing interest in making installations, events and films which engage with landscape and place, often through the use of new technologies and new ways of working. Recent projects have involved partnerships with or commissions for University of St Andrews, Glamorgan Archive, International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Ebbw Vale Works Museum, Green Man Festival, Fourth Wall Film Festival, University of Ottawa and London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Artists have always engaged with new ways of representing the world around them – I’m interested in exploring the possibilities which seem to be offered by drone technology for mapping and representation, and how associations between drones and ideas around surveillance and the military impact on meaning.




Joshua Davidson

Joshua is a Graphic Designer and Cyclist with a deep interest in the visual image, exploring creative outcomes from the perspective of visual communication. His interests pertain to technology, moving image, digital culture, complex systems, socio-political change, engineering, neural-networks and the environment.

Air Lab is offering me a unique opportunity to expand my thinking about landscape, space, movement & mapping. Examining these themes through the visual language of the drone.




Penny Hallas

Based in Powys, Penny Hallas is an artist working in various media: drawing, painting, printmaking, video, sculpture. Her work revolves around a fascination with internal states of being: sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing; alive to the promptings of chance, fantasy and emotion; it seeks to explore correspondences between the material world and the hidden crannies of the psyche.
Whatever the medium, she is interested in the way self-contained visual/conceptual elements, when brought together, form fluid systems in which differing narratives, visual rhythms and conceptual overviews come into prominence by turns, dissolving then, to be replaced by others.

As joint artist in residence with Llangattock Green Valleys’ HYDRO, I am intrigued to find out what the use of UAVs would bring to my visual exploration of LGV’s micro-hydro installations and sites in the Black Mountains – adding an airy perspective to what has so far been watery and earthbound. I look forward to sharing and learning together as a way of questioning my own established ways of seeing and making.




Maria Hayes

Maria has been practising as a visual artist since 1986; exhibiting and drawing live at events throughout the UK. An award-winning facilitator, Hayes devises and delivers workshops in schools, galleries, and community venues as well as lecturing in higher education. In 2013 she was awarded a PhD (Fine Art) from Aberystwyth University and published papers on drawing. Hayes explores drawing in a condition of connected looking, through both analogue and digitally assisted methods. She collaborates with performance-based practitioners (dancers, musicians, storytellers) to create unique stage experiences where the process of creating work is revealed to the audience. Using cameras with projection technology Hayes puts her hand in the camera to reveal the human process of analogue image making.

I have always loved flying and drawing birds. The new UAV technologies allow us a birds-eye view of flying over landscape. I would love to put my hand in the camera of a birds-eye-view and trace the trajectory my eye is drawn to in real time and motion. In this way I might experience how a bird sees when it flies. I will make an image of my experience of flight through looking and being an eye/hand in the camera. My hand will generate the image that enacts itself within my body, without leaving the ground. It will be intriguing to see what a grounded flight drawing will look like.




Sion Marshall- Waters

Sion is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in South Wales. A recent graduate from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, his projects thus far have aimed to explore people’s relationship with place; how notions of place are constructed, experienced and how they shape one’s sense of self. His interest in documentary extends from a background in the social sciences; prior to switching to anthropology he received a BA in Politics and Sociology also from the University of Manchester. He believes that documentary film, photography and sound have a unique capability of evoking story and experience in ways that go beyond the written word.

I’m hoping to understand how we may use digital technologies to explore and reframe how we may represent and interpret human experiences and perspectives of the world.



Sara Rees

Sara Rees is a visual artist from the Gower Peninsular, currently based in Cardiff. She studied Visual Performance at Dartington College of Arts, and Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design. Her transdisciplinary practice encompasses site-specific installation, video, photography, writing, and performance, and explores notions of history and memory in relation to the politics and poetics of space.

Rees presents work both within the gallery and beyond, from bucolic woodlands to a derelict Soviet power station, responding as much to contemporary global conditions and events as to the resonances of a specific place or site. Arising from this territory, and inextricably woven through it are questions about the nature of reality, consciousness and time.

Rees’ work has been exhibited widely, nationally and internationally. She has undertaken a number of commissions and residencies: at Oriel Mostyn, the Welsh School of Architectural Glass, HANGAR Barcelona, and the BBC, and has been the recipient of several awards and prizes, including the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Award.

We are entering an age of unprecedented visuality, in which we are both the subjects and agents of an omnipresent gaze. As a politically engaged artist, I see creative engagement with drone technology and the visual perspectives it produces as a critical line of inquiry.



Neasa Terry

Neasa is currently undertaking the Litmus Residency at Oriel Davis Gallery.
She recently completed her MA in Communication Design at Central St. Martins, UAL. As well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, CLTAD from University of the Arts, she also has an MA RCA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Royal College of Art and a BA First Class Honours in Fine Art Printmaking from Limerick School of Art and Design.
Her awards and residencies include, Unit(e) Residency and commission for g39, Cardiff, funding from Arts Council England as part of LUX13 Critical Forum. She was named Winner of ‘Film London in 90 Seconds: Capital Tales’, Islington, and short listed for the Stanley Picker Tutorship Award, Kingston University.

I’m interested in the role that industry, landscape and technology play in the evolution of sound of an area and how the shape of this space acts as an instrument; sounds echoing through valleys, crescendoing through tunnels. In taking part in Air Lab I’m interested to see if I can use images from above to produce three dimensional pieces through photogrammetry.





For those interested in other events in the Air Lab series, you can sign up to our Monday 27th November creative practitioner session Above the Radar.

1 Nov

AIR LAB: Stories from Above practitioners announced!

Criw Celf S PowysOur Air Lab – Stories from Above professional development programme commences next Monday 6th November with a special workshop led by our guest presenter, renowned international artist Mariele Neudecker.


Over the day-long session with Mariele they will develop ideas for creative projects specifically aimed at young people, exploring the potential of drone technology as a tool to discover new perspectives.

The second session on Saturday 11th November will allow them to test their ideas with a group of young people, with guidance from Air Lab’s Associate Producer Emma Posey, and Arts Alive Wales Participation Manager Rachel Dunlop.
This will be a unique opportunity to work with a practitioner of Mariele Neudecker’s calibre. Over the course of her career she has exhibited all over the world, including Tate St Ives, Tate Britain and Ikon Gallery among others. She is one of the foremost artists working with the concepts of ‘Above’ and ‘Air’.

In my work I use a broad range of media including sculpture, installation, film and photography. My practice investigates the formation and historical dissemination of cultural constructs around the natural world, focusing particularly on landscape representations within the Northern European Romantic tradition and today’s notions of the Sublime. Central to the work is the human interest and relationship to landscape and its images used metaphorically for human psychology.


We are delighted to announce that the following people were selected to participate in Stories from Above:


Fran Higginson

Fran is a dancer and massage therapist. She trained at Laban, graduating in 2007.

I’m a confirmed technophobe and drones terrify me for many reasons. In fact I really DON’T want to do this project – and I suppose that is why I had to apply! Because I moved here specifically to allow the land to work upon and make changes in me, and because I am concerned with the falling into disuse (potential loss) of subtle human skills through overuse of technology, I hope through collaboration to discover ways to create playful/skillful encounters between people, drones and place. I want to bring to the table how it feels to be in place, with drones. 


David Massey

David is the Digital Producer for Welsh National Opera and responsible for the production of high profile immersive digital experiences which aim to engage new audiences and raise the profile of the company through creative collaborations. Highlights to date include; Field – a motion sensitive light memorial for the Royal Welch Fusiliers who died during the Battle of the Somme, and Magic Butterfly a touring VR experience that re-imagines two classic scenes from two iconic operas. David has experience in working with Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality and Digital Installation. He also has considerable expertise in delivering products for broadcast and curating video and audio content for online audiences.

David has previously worked with teams at the BBC, BBC R&D, Film Cymru Wales, BFI, Watershed, The Space and the University of South Wales.

I’m hugely enthused about working with a new tool to create stories that are visually compelling and technically innovative. I have no doubt the Air Lab workshops will provide me with the tools I need to develop a working practice using drone technology and techniques. I also hope to use the lab as an opportunity to collaborate with artists and form networks that will develop, pushing me to make a real impact through my creative practice.




Clare Parry-Jones

Clare is a multi-disciplinary artist, working in performance and land art, clown and shamanic practice.  Her interests in paper and ritual theatre have recently taken her to Japan and Siberia for research, performances and teaching.  She trained in the UK, France and Canada in Art History (BA Hons, Warwick), Theatre (Acting at RADA), Dramatherapy (PgDip, Roehampton) and Clown (Circus Space, École Philippe Gaulier, Sue Morrison).  She is in her final year of Core Shamanic Practice training and works in Arts and Health internationally.  

My journey with land art began as a physical manifestation of my internal state.  The impact of the natural forces and elements inspired my creative process with paper and performance.  My practice reflects the transformational qualities and relationships between the tangible and intangible.  Stories from Above will give me the opportunity to explore the element of Air, both metaphysically and technically, both for myself as a practitioner and as a facilitator with young participants who want to imagine, explore and create. 




Sarah Rhys

Sarah Rhys is an interdisciplinary artist living between Bristol and South Wales, who makes site specific installations using geological material, archaeological and found items. She use drawing, photography, moving image and print including artist books. She is interested in reinterpretation of landscape, alchemical process, deep time, museum curation and aesthetics.  Originally Sarah studied at City and Guilds of London Art School and then Swansea Art School (WGIHE). Later she was awarded an MFA at Bath Spa University in 2004, and in 2013 gained a Post graduate Diploma in  Multi- Disciplinary Printmaking at The University of the West of England, Bristol. Sarah is also a qualified teacher (BA QTS) who has taught, lectured and facilitated since 1994 in schools, colleges, museums and galleries.

Air Lab interests me as I am being given an opportunity to work with Drone captured footage and VR. I often walk in the Black Mountains and love the climatic immersion one gets from being up high in all types of weather. It would be fascinating to get a bird’s eye view/experience of the scapes/surfaces, and to work with film of normally inaccessible places and immersive cloudscapes.




Participation Manager Rachel Dunlop is confident that Stories from Above will benefit not only the burgeoning careers of these practitioners, but also inspire young people to pursue creative subjects in further education.

We want Stories from Above to educate and stimulate the creativity of participating artists, facilitators and young people, but also help them use drones safely and responsibly. There is huge potential for ideas – this intergenerational approach will be really exciting.


For those interested in other events in the Air Lab series, you can sign up to our Monday 27th November creative practitioner session Above the Radar.

19 Oct

AIR LAB: Dr Emma Posey – Associate Producer

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Arts Alive Wales has launched Air Lab / Lab Awyr, a professional development opportunity for arts practitioners who are interested in the creative potential of drone technology.



Air Lab consists of the sessions Generator (13 November), Stories from Above (6 & 11 November) and Above the Radar (27 November), exploring the artistic potential of drones in capturing film and photography, and in generating ideas for youth education projects, stories and other art forms.

The programme is devised by Associate Producer, Dr Emma Posey, founder and Creative Director of the network bloc. We chatted to Emma about the motivations behind Air Lab, and how it would influence the practitioners working in and around Wales.


How did you come up with the idea for the project?
I work with new technology, identifying ways in which creatives can use new tools to generate new ideas. I’m fascinated by futurology and how digital innovation, the latest gizmos, can reframe the way artists see and reflect the world around them. Long walks on local hills makes me want to take off and view the unviewable – above.


Why do you think drone training is important?
There are issues to do with drones. All new technology brings pros and cons. I want to harness the best from drones. Yes, they are noisy and there are privacy issues. However drones are here to stay. I believe the only way to address concerns is to find out more about the technology. New tools in the right hands is the way to ensure they are used for good.


How do you think drone technology will impact on the creative practice of arts professionals?
As I’ve mentioned, I have long been fascinated in how technology reframes creative practice. Tools change how we see the world – in a literal sense from microscopes and satellites. Tools also affect artistic creation from flints, to brushes and now to handsets.


What made you choose these particular guest speakers and facilitators for Air Lab?
We are so fortunate to be working with a range of professionals who are experts in their field. Artist Mariele Neudecker is one of most eminent contemporary artists working with the concept of above and air. Drone operator Ben Huss-Smickler is breaking boundaries – building his own drones to address need. James Hedley from Surround Vision, is also at the forefront of working with this technology, utilising the 360-degree potential and creating interactive and immersive films. And there’s more!


Why choose the Black Mountains as the focus for this project?
The Black Mountains takes people’s breath away. With soaring hills and miles and miles of remote moorland the region calls for contemplation, a sense of awe and dreaming and literally provides locals and visitors with the space to consider new perspectives. Drones can be used to survey and document the region and to share the sense of new perspective with others.



You can book one of the few remaining places on Above the Radar (Monday 27 November, 10am – 4pm) via the website www.artsalivewales.org.uk The cost is £60 for the whole session and includes lunch.

For more information, contact Rebecca Spooner, Creative Director of Arts Alive Wales on rebecca@artsalivewales.org.uk  or call 01873 811579

10 Oct

Winner of the Creative Network mini fund

Stone carver Matt Caines, and jeweller and textile artist Amanda Caines have been awarded £300 through the September Creative Network mini-fund.

Based in Abergavenny, Matt and Amanda’s work has become more and more collaborative, finding ways of starting to combine firstly carved stone and wood, and later, naturally shed pieces of deer antler with Amanda’s stitch work and painterly approach to 3D structures. They have not only made freestanding animal forms from engraved antler sections with textile stitch work panels, but also made wall hanging pieces with attachments.

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Currently they are making a collection for this year’s Made London Craft Show, which is sponsored by Crafts Magazine and Winter Draws Nigh, and later an exhibition to be held at The Brook Street Gallery in Hay-on-Wye in October.

Matt and Amanda will be using the mini-fund award to upgrade their equipment and purchase better engraving drill bits and other jewellers tools which will allow them, in turn to upgrade the nature of their work. As self-employed artists, this small investment will help Matt and Amanda realise sketchbook ideas, not only in exhibitions and shows, but also in their work as teachers.




30 Aug

OPPORTUNITY: Project Co-ordinator – Young people aged 16-25



Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1DG

Closing date 26th September at 5pm.

 We are seeking to employ a part-time Project Co-Ordinator for two arts projects for young people in Abergavenny and Brecon aged 16 to 25 years. The post is offered for an initial term of 12 months.


The Project Coordinator will work to engage young people and ensure that they participate in decision-making about the project and its content.  They will liaise with project partner organisations and support professional artists to deliver activity that develops the skills and nurtures the creative ideas of young people taking part. The role may include delivery of sessional workshops in Abergavenny.

The successful applicant will be a creative and dynamic person, and a brilliant communicator. 


21 hours per week or 0.6 part-time – £10,842 pa / £903.50 per month (Based on FTE 35 hours / week / NJC SPC18 £18,070)

Download an application pack hereAAW Project Co-Ordinator Pack – English

or email info@artsalivewales.org.uk

Only electronic applications will be accepted.

For more information or to discuss the post, contact Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager rachel@artsalivewales.org.uk or 01873 811579.

Once you’ve completed your application, please send it FAO Justine Wheatley, Chief Executive by email to info@artsalivewales.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 5pm Tuesday 26th September. 

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 3rd October at Arts Alive Wales Studio venue based in Crickhowell.





Yr Hen Ysgol, Ffordd Aberhonddu, Crucywel, Powys, NP8 1DG

Dyddiad cau 26 Medi, 5pm.

Rydym yn chwilio am Gydlynydd Prosiect Rhan-amser ar gyfer dau brosiect wedi’u hanelu at bobl ifanc rhwng 15 a 25 blwydd oed yn y Fenni ac yn Aberhonddu. Cynigir y swydd ar gyfer term cychwynnol o 12 mis.


Bydd y Cydlynydd Prosiect yn gweithio i gysylltu â phobl ifanc, ac yn sicrhau y byddant yn cymryd rhan yn y penderfyniadau am y prosiect a’i gynnwys. Bydd hefyd yn cyfathrebu gyda sefydliadau mewn partneriaeth yn y prosiect, ac yn cefnogi artistiaid proffesiynol i arwain gweithgareddau sydd yn datblygu sgiliau, ac yn maethu’r syniadau creadigol o’r bobl ifanc sydd yn cymryd rhan. Efallai bydd y rôl yn cynnwys arwain sesiynau gweithdy yn y Fenni.

Bydd yr ymgeisydd llwyddiannus yn berson creadigol a dynamig, ac yn gyfathrebwr rhagorol. 


21 awr yr wythnos neu 0.6 rhan amser – £10,842 pa / £903.50 per month (Based on FTE 35 hours / week / NJC SPC18 £18,070)

Lawrlwythwch becyn ymgeisio: AAW Project Co-Ordinator Pack- Welsh

Neu e-bostiwch: info@artsalivewales.org.uk

Derbynnir ceisiadau electronig yn unig.

Am ragor o wybodaeth neu i drafod y swydd, cysylltwch â Rachel Dunlop, Rheolwr Cyfranogi rachel@artsalivewales.org.uk neu 01873 811579.

Dychwelwch y ffurflen wedi ei chwblhau at sylw Justine Wheatley, Prif Weithredwr drwy e-bost i info@artsalivewales.org.uk

Y dyddiad cau ar gyfer ymgeisio yw 5pm Dydd Mawrth 26 Medi. 

Bydd cyfweliadau yn digwydd ar Ddydd Mawrth 3 Hydref yn y Stiwdio Arts Alive yng Nghrucywel.

23 Aug


You can now download our bilingual Autumn 2017 programme, with details of all our projects, classes and events….



AAW Autumn 2017 Programme (click to download)



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17 Aug

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY Creating market hall artwork – Abergavenny Food Festival 2017

Bettina Reeves’ annual art project for the 2017 Abergavenny Food Festival starts on Tuesday 29 August and runs daily in Arts Alive Wales’ Crickhowell studio until Weds 13 September.  We are seeking volunteers aged 16 years + who can commit whole days to this enjoyable and rewarding project.   The artwork will be unveiled over the Food Festival weekend 16/17 September. Email info@artsalivewales.org.uk if you want to join in.  Bring scissors and lunch to share!

4 Jul

ARTIST OPPORTUNITY Horsebox Studio Commission – Peak/Copa & Abergavenny Food Festival

Horsebox Studio Commission.
Peak/Copa & Abergavenny Food Festival

August – September
Festival Weekend 16th & 17th September 2017






The Horsebox Studio Commission is a partnership project between Peak/Copa and the Abergavenny Food Festival. We are seeking a professional, Wales-based visual or applied artist of any discipline, to respond to the distinctive region of the Black Mountains and to the themes of the festival to produce new work in collaboration with the public, which will be created and presented in Peak’s Horsebox Studio on site during the festival weekend (16th and 17th September 2017).

Themes: growing, cooking, agriculture, sustainability, food culture, the politics and economics of food production, individual and collective memories of food, markets, small holdings
- The artist must be available during the preparation and delivery of the festival weekend (16th and 17th September).
- The artist is expected to spend a minimum of 8 days working on the research, preparation, delivery and evaluation of the commission (at least 4 days to be located in Abergavenny).
- The Artist Commission is supported through Arts Council of Wales funding.
• £2,500 artist fee inclusive of materials and production costs
• Up to £150 travel expenses
• Up to 4 x nights’ accommodation in Abergavenny (if required)



For full details of the commission please visit https://peakart.org.uk/

Or contact Rebecca Spooner, Creative Director rebecca@artsalivewales.org.uk / 01873 811579
The deadline for applications is 10am, Wednesday 19th July 2017.



Peak/Copa is an initiative devised and delivered by Arts Alive Wales, an arts education charity based in Crickhowell, Powys. Peak creates opportunities for contemporary art in the Black Mountains and Welsh Borders for the benefit of the region’s artists, communities and visitors.






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21 Jun

Computing at School Powys Hub Meeting

Computing at School Powys Hub Meeting


Arts Alive Wales and Computing at School (Powys hub) are teaming up to hold an event at the Arts Alive studio on Wednesday July 12, 2017 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM.

It will be a peer-to-peer session for teachers, artists and arts professionals working with digital and coding in schools/education to share best practice, ideas and experiences.
Alongside this, we will have a special guest speaker, artist Paul Granjon. Paul will demonstrate the BBC micro:bit when creating robots from e-waste at a primary school in Bridgend as part of the Arts Council of Wales’ Lead Creative Schools initiative – www.zprod.org

The rest of the session will be made up of a ‘hands-on’ workshop using the BBC micro:bit and learning how simple techniques can be applied to the classroom in practical ways.
This workshop is free to attend.

Booking details and the schedule of the day can be found online:

You can either book online by visiting the Eventbrite link above or email and reserve a space: rachel@artsalivewales.org.uk


12 Jun

Join the conversation…

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Join the conversation

This is an exciting time of change for Arts Alive Wales and we want you to be at the heart of it.

In 2016 we were delighted to be included in the Arts Council of Wales portfolio for the first time, which made an investment in our ambitious programme over the next three years. This Spring we welcomed two new members of staff to the team, Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager and Gavin Johnson, Digital Manager. Our contemporary programme, Peak/Copa and our projects for young people, Caban and Portffolio, as well as our studio programme of creative courses have all grown and developed thanks to the support of the many people and project partners who have been involved.

Now, we’re reviewing how we communicate with you. What might Arts Alive Wales look like, sound like and feel like in the future?

We would be very grateful if you could complete a short survey (which should take no more than 10 minutes) that will help us to find out more about how and why people connect with us and how we can involve more people, of all ages and backgrounds in Arts Alive Wales.

Click here to start the survey.
If you would like this survey in Welsh or large print please contact us.

Deadline for feedback is 5pm Friday 30th June 2017.

Once you’ve completed the survey if you would like to offer additional feedback please email: info@artsalivewales.org.uk  / tel: 01873 811579. We would love to hear from you.

Best wishes
Arts Alive Wales team

Ymunwch â’r sgwrs…

Mae hwn yn gyfnod cyffrous o newid ar gyfer Arts Alive Wales ac rydym am i chi fod wrth galon y peth.
Yn 2016 roeddem wrth ein bodd o gael ein cynnwys ym mhortffolio Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru am y tro cyntaf, a gwnaeth hyn fuddsoddiad yn ein rhaglen uchelgeisiol dros y tair blynedd nesaf. Yn ystod y gwanwyn hwn rydym wedi croesawu dau aelod newydd at y staff, sef Rachel Dunlop, Rheolwr Cyfranogi a Gavin Johnson, Rheolwr Digidol. Mae ein rhaglen gyfoes, , Peak/Copa a’n prosiectau ar gyfer pobl ifanc, Caban a Portffolio, yn ogystal â’n rhaglen stiwdio o gyrsiau creadigol oll wedi tyfu a datblygu diolch i gefnogaeth y nifer o bobl a phartneriaid prosiect sydd wedi cymryd rhan.
Rydym ni bellach yn adolygu’r ffordd yr ydym yn cyfathrebu â chi. Pa fath o olwg, s?n a theimlad allai fod i Arts Alive Wales yn y dyfodol?

Buasem yn ddiolchgar iawn pe gallech gwblhau arolwg byr (ni fyddwch yn treulio mwy na 10 munud) a fydd yn ein helpu ni i ganfod rhagor am sut a pham mae pobl yn cysylltu â ni a sut y gallwn gynnwys rhagor o bobl, o bob oed a chefndir yn Arts Alive Wales.

Cliciwch yma i ddechrau’r arolwg.

Cysylltwch os ydych am gael yr arolwg hwn yn Gymraeg neu brint bras.

Dyddiad cau ar gyfer adborth yw 5pm dydd Gwener 30 Mehefin 2017.
Ar ôl i chi gwblhau’r arolwg gallwch e-bostio unrhyw adborth ychwanegol i: info@artsalivewales.org.uk / ffôn: 01873 811579. Byddem wrth ein bodd i glywed oddi wrthych.

Cofion gorau
Tîm Arts Alive Wales

2 May

Art in the outdoors – Twilight training session

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Twilight training session for those working with young people in the outdoors.

A selection of artists/writers representing Arts Alive will be using a variety of different techniques to create art in an outdoor environment.

Workshops with: Emma Beynon, Morag Colquhoun, Richard Harris, Matt Caines and Blue MacAskill.

Thursday 18th May
Sessions 4:30 – 6:30
Event to be held at Mount Street Infants, Rhosferig Road, Brecon LD3 7NG

Weather permitting, we will be making use of the outdoor surroundings.

This event is provided FREE OF CHARGE by the South Powys Outdoor Learning Wales Network Group
To book a space contact tim.bennett@nationaltrust.org.uk

19 Apr

Winner of the Creative Network mini fund

Curator and Producer, Ruth Holdsworth has been awarded £300 through the March Creative Network mini-fund.


Kings Cross

Ruth is based near Usk and works in contemporary performance and live art. She has started programming high quality dance, theatre and performance in Monmouthshire for a variety of small town and rural audiences.

Ruth will be using the mini fund to build on her programming in Monmouthshire and to develop links with local audiences, whilst establishing her new not-for-profit company, Break and Bell.

Ruth has programmed three works to date: Bambi by Tom Marshman at Bluebell farm and two dance works at Chepstow’s Drill Hall – An Invitation by Jo Fong and Da Da Darling by Impermanence Dance Theatre. At the Drill Hall on 30th April Ruth will bring The Tenant by Concert Theatre, a LGBT show Kings Cross (Remix) by Tom Marshman on 12th May and a more ambitious 5-day site-specific audio narrative called Woodland by artists French & Mottershead to Old Station Tintern in partnership with Wye Valley River Festival, Wye Valley AONB and Arts Alive Wales.

For more information visit the Break and Bell facebook page.

image: Kings Cross (Remix), credit Richard Lakos

The next deadline for the Creative Network mini fund is Friday 29th September.

14 Apr


You can now download our bilingual Summer 2017 programme, with details of all our projects, classes and events….


AAW Summer Programme 2017 (click to download)







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