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13 Dec
2016

SPRING / GWANWYN 2017

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

 

Click here: AAW spring-2017

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8 Dec
2016

OPPORTUNITY: PARTICIPATION MANAGER & DIGITAL MANAGER

 

PARTICIPATION MANAGER

ARTS ALIVE WALES
Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1DG

Closing date Tuesday 3 January 2017 at 5pm

We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our staff team as Participation Manager.  The post is a strategic appointment to ensure that we extend creative opportunity to those who face the greatest barriers to arts participation within our rural region.   Our high-quality participation programme is central to the delivery of the organisation’s mission, objectives and artistic policy.  The successful applicant will be a creative and dynamic person, and a brilliant communicator. The post is supported by 3 years of funding from The Henry Smith Charity

28 hours per week – or 0.8
NJC scale 5.22 to 6.28 (£20,456 to £24,717 pro-rata 0.8)

Download an application pack:  participation-manager-pack

or email info@artsalivewales.org.uk

Only electronic applications will be accepted.

For more information or to discuss the post, contact Chief Executive, Justine Wheatley on 01873 811579.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 3 January 2017.  Applicants must be available for interview on Monday 9 January 2017, which will take place at Arts Alive Wales’ Crickhowell venue.

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DIGITAL MANAGER

ARTS ALIVE WALES
Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1DG

Closing date Tuesday 3 January 2017 at 5pm

We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our staff team as Digital Manager.  The post is a strategic appointment responsible for the development, funding, delivery and evaluation of the Arts Alive Wales Digital Strategy.  The successful applicant will be a creative, enthusiastic and dynamic person, and a brilliant communicator with a wide knowledge of digital technology and its potential for artists, individuals and communities. The post is offered for a fixed term of 2 years

21 hours per week – or 0.6
NJC scale 5.29 to 6.33 (£25,694 to £29,033 pro-rata 0.6)

Download an application pack: digital-manager-pack

or email info@artsalivewales.org.uk

Only electronic applications will be accepted.

For more information or to discuss the post, contact Chief Executive, Justine Wheatley on 01873 811579.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 3 January 2017.  Applicants must be available for interview on Wednesday 11th January 2017, which will take place at Arts Alive Wales’ Crickhowell venue.

 

 

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Henry Smith Foundation

 

7 Oct
2016

Rebecca Loncraine, 1974-2016

We are very sad to report that writer Rebecca Loncraine died at her parents’ home in Cwmdu on Saturday 17 September after a long illness.  Rebecca was a dear friend, a valued colleague and a key member of our artistic team who brought passion, sensitivity and energy to her work.  Her Creative Writing for Wellbeing workshops and projects had a tangible and lasting impact on those who she taught and worked with and she will be very greatly missed.

Rebecca played a key role in developing Caban Sgriblio, a wellbeing project for young people, and this project has recently secured Children in Need funding for the next 3 years.  We are so grateful for this lasting contribution to our work and in the New Year, we plan to hold an event to acknowledge her legacy.

We will post again when we have more details and in the meantime, we’ve illustrated Rebecca’s impact on our work through some examples of her work with young people.  Here are extracts from a short publication of poetry by girls who took part in Caban Sgriblio with Rebecca in 2014.

 

Time can slip away

 Time can slip away

Memories can fade

Days just turn into nights.

 

Doors can close

Thoughts become clouded

Dark can turn into light.

 

Sad days can bring you down

While others may not

But a journey is always in sight.

 

You feel you’re getting worse

You’re sinking at first

But things might not

 

If you hold your head up high

Have someone by your side

And things will just become right.

LN

 

What The River Usk Hears

The River Usk hears birds singing up in the trees
and planes flying across the bright blue sky.
It hears rocks tumbling from the eroding soil,

And summer wind.

It hears the slow crashing of waves,
and friendships being created and broken.
It hears cameras clicking,

a rugby match being played,

the rain bouncing off leaves
and squirrels dashing from one branch to the next.
It hears the stuttering engines of cars leaving town
and the splash as the Heron catches its food.
It hears the vague pitter-patter of rain.
It hears the secrets people tell.
It hears crashing along the river banks,

the howling of the wind at night,

the cold wind whistle
and moonlight arriving.
It hears the rustle of the birds dancing in the trees
and a work of art being painted on the riverbank.

Group poem

7 Oct
2016

Caban

We are delighted that Caban Sgriblio has secured three years of funding support from Children in Need to work with young people in schools and in the community during 2016-19.
Together we have been creating a real buzz for South Powys, Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent creating videos, poetry and art, having fun and sharing ideas through a variety of workshops with professional writers and artists.

To find out more go to http://artsalivewales.org.uk/wp/current-projects/caban/

If you would like to join us please contact Emma Beynon

Tel: 01873 811 579 or email: emma@artsalivewales.org.uk

8 Jul
2016

Summer Art School for ages 15+ – Portfolio+Plus

Portfolio+Plus Last chance to book on our week long summer school Monday 18 July to Saturday 22 July 2016.  This initiative is for MAT students aged 15 to 19 years  – young people with an interest and skills in the visual arts – and is part of an all Wales project to help encourage young people towards creative careers (the creative industries is the fastest growing industry in the UK).  Join in with this great initiative to help futureproof your career and have a really enjoyable week – no assessment, no exams, no homework!

Full programme and details here: Portfolio summer school  For more information about how to take part contact us on info@artsalivewales.org.uk OR ring 01873 811579 and leave a message.

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27 Jun
2016

SNAPSHOT Colours of the Brecon Beacons

Rebecca Chesney is the first Artist-in-Residence for the Black Mountains, in partnership with Peak and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. 

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Rebecca completed a six-week residency during winter 2015/16. Please visit the Peak blog for more information: peakart.org.uk

Rebecca’s residency resulted in SNAPSHOT Colours of the Brecon Beacons, a unique colour chart that visualises the many layers of the Brecon Beacons environment during winter.

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The SNAPSHOT chart was professionally designed and printed in a limited edition of 400.  The remaining colour charts are for sale at £10 + £1.50 postage & packing per copyIncome will support the Arts Alive Wales’ charitable projects in the local community.

Please visit our donate page to make a payment. artsalivewales.org.uk/donate (please do not tick the Gift Aid button for this purchase). If your postal address differs from your billing address please email details to rebecca@artsalivewales.org.uk

SNAPSHOT colour charts are now sold out. Sorry for any inconvenience involved.

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23 Apr
2016

Traces Exhibition

 

This Spring’s mini-fund has been awarded to three Creative Network members who will use the £300 fund to support a group exhibition of textile work at The Tabernacle, Talgarth during the Hay Festival period. 

 

TRACES

An exhibition of work by

SUSAN MILNE  /  KATHERINE SHEERS  /  HELEN WATKINS

THE TABERNACLE , Talgarth, Powys

27 May- 5 June 2016

11am-5pm daily.

ENTRANCE FREE

The artists will be available to discuss their work at a late closing on Wednesday 1st June . 6.30pm- 9.30pm.

 

Susan Milne: Traces - Remnant
Susan Milne: Traces work in progress
Susan Milne
Helen Watkins: Traces- work in progress
Helen Watkins: Traces - detail
Helen Watkins: Traces- work in progress
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Katherine Sheers

 

Traces is an exhibition of new work at The Tabernacle, Talgarth, by Susan Milne, Katherine Sheers and Helen Watkins. The artists have come together through a mutual love of textiles and collectively they occupy the practices of art, craft, design and the spaces in between. The exhibition draws a thread through both personal and communal history; bringing to light the cloth we wear close to our bodies during a lifetime and the textile fragments of our ancestors buried beneath the surface.

The artists apply a range of processes and techniques including embroidery, drawing, construction, stitching, and dyeing. Susan unearths decaying remnants of garments and archeological layers of human presence in our landscape and makes works in paper and collage. Katherine creates exquisite silk and lace specimens of concealment dyed with the purple fruits of local hedgerows. Helen’s banners of natural colour and woven texture are embroidered with the marks of human interaction in the Black Mountains.

Although each artist has a defined individual practice, there is an intriguing synergy amongst the three. The work of one artist imparts a further layer of meaning to another’s, and produces a cohesive and quietly powerful exhibition that responds sensitively to the unique interior of The Tabernacle.

Rebecca Spooner
Arts Development Manager

 

 

SUSAN MILNE: Artist working with ideas about land and the development of the landscape. Current work: disintegration and fragmentation of organic and inorganic matter. The work, relating to garments and textiles, is made with mixed media, paper and fibers, and derives from drawings made from archeological fragments and museum artefacts. www.susanmilne.co.uk

KATHERINE SHEERS: Textile artist whose work questions the fundamental aspects of human emotion and how they relate to contemporary ideals of womanhood. Current work: specimens of concealment and vulnerability. Utilising the slow, ancient processes of natural dyeing and hand-stitching to colour, mark, reinforce and disguise upcycled silk, lace and cotton. www.katherinesheers.com

HELEN WATKINS: Textile artist and designer whose work is informed and inspired by the rites and rhythms of the surrounding agricultural landscape. Current work: natural plant dyed fabrics of linen, wool and silk; cutting, turning, crossing, joining, marking, represent an active, mindful and meditative intervention.

 

Photo credit for Susan Milne and Helen Watkins: ‘Ann Dierikx Photography’

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Click here for more information about the Creative Network

24 Mar
2016

Meet The Professionals: Editing and Publishing

Rachel Trezise LSSF (2)

 

Leading local authors Rachel Trezise and Tom Bullough will be talking to members of the Seren Publishing Team about their work at the Creative Network panel event 4 – 5.30pm on Friday 22 April at the Abergavenny Writing Festival. For more information and to book a ticket please follow this link : Meet The Professionals

 

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14 Dec
2015

Spring Term 2016

spring posterYou can now donwnload the new Spring programme for information about our classes and events from January to April 2016.

Click here: Spring 2016

For more information and to book a place contact:
t: 01873 811579
e: info@artsalivewales.org.uk

19 Aug
2015

Autumn Programme 2015

autumn 2015You can download the Arts Alive Wales Autumn programme straight to your desktop. The programme has details of all our classes, courses and projects.

 

Click here: AWW Autumn 2015 booklet

27 Mar
2015

Summer Programme 2015

IMG_2184You can download the Arts Alive Wales Summer programme straight to your desktop. The programme has details of all our classes, courses and projects.

Click here: Arts Alive Wales Summer Programme 2015

13 Mar
2015

ART AUCTION 2015

Thank  you!

£15,000 raised to support AAW projects for young people

 

Art Auction 2015Our 2015 Art Auction took place on Friday 6th March in the ballroom of The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny.  This biennial event raises money for our community projects with vulnerable groups and individuals, show-cases the talents of leading contemporary artists in Wales, as well as being a lively and fun evening for our guests. Please scroll down to view artworks that are still available to purchase. 

 

Art Auction 2015This year the auction raised £15,000 towards ‘Caban’, our new community project focused on teenagers and mental health.  We will use writing, drawing and making to help improve the wellbeing of young people.  Our pilot projects have demonstrated strong evidence that arts participation helps improve quality of life and we are now working closely with local mental health services to extend provision. Click here for short films from the pilot project of Caban.

 

Art Auction 2015The 2015 auction was dedicated to the memory of sculptor Catharine Marr-Johnson, former trustee and Patron of our Children and Young People’s programme, who sadly died in May 2014. Catharine continued to be an inspiration in the way she continued to draw, paint and create despite the increasing physical challenges presented by a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease.

 

 

Art Auction 2015Should you have any questions about any aspect of the event, or would like to know more about our community work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Justine Wheatley, Director

Email: justine@artsalivewales.org.uk

Tel: 01873 811579

(Images above from art auction 2015. Photo credit: Toril Brancher)

Auction Partners

The auction is a unique opportunity to purchase original paintings and prints, by selected contemporary artists, in association with our art partners, Five Ways Art and The Art Shop AbergavennyEdward Chetwynd (www.chetwyndantiques.com) was our event auctioneer, who’s lively and relaxed style added to the enjoyment of the event. Art handling and auction floor management is provided by our colleagues at Art Works Exhibition Services.

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11 Dec
2014

Spring Programme 2015

AAW Spring 2015You can download the Arts Alive Wales Spring programme straight to your desktop. The programme has details of all our classes, courses and projects.

Click here: AWW Spring 2015 booklet web

14 Oct
2014

PEAK – Curator Visit to the Black Mountains

 

As part of PEAK, Axisweb’s Alicia Miller, responds to a Curator Visit to the Black Mountains, meeting selected artists in studios and venues across the region.

24th September 2014 

 

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Work by Morag Colquhoun
Morag Colquhoun
Tessa Waite's studio
Tessa Waite's studio
Alicia Miller with work by Tessa Waite
Work by Susan Adams
Susan Adams
Chris Nurse
Work by Chris Nurse
Work by Chris Nurse
Catherine Baker and Kasia Howard
Louisa Mayor and Philip Watkins
Work by Catherine Baker
David Trigg
Visitors outside Glasfryn, Llangattock
Alicia Miller with work by Pip Woolf
Emma Balch, Stefhan Caddick, Rebecca Spooner
Alicia Miller with work by Stefhan Caddick
Pip Woolf, Louisa Mayor
Louise Wright, Rebecca Spooner, David Trigg, Alicia Miller

 

PEAK practice in the Black Mountains

 

Arts Alive Wales’ new PEAK programme gives valuable support to artists working in the Black Mountains, helping to better network them with arts professionals and the wider artistic community at large. It also works to engender artistic exchange and explore opportunities to bring attention and support to the immensely talented community of artists working in this very rural setting.

I was really pleased to be a part of the first curator visit of the project. It was just my kind of day out – travelling through the countryside in beautiful sunshine, visiting a fascinating array of artists’ studios and houses, meeting a generous and friendly group of artists and seeing a lot of work I hadn’t encountered before. The company was good as well – including Kathryn Campbell Dodd, my west Wales compatriot who travelled back with me on an unending train journey plagued with mayhem and mishaps; the gentle and insightful Amanda Roderick from Mission Gallery; Bristol-based critic David Trigg whom I hadn’t seen in years; Ruth Cayford, who took time out to make the visit in the busy run-up to Cardiff Contemporary; and ACW‘s Louise Wright who somehow manages to be omnipresent across Wales at all times!

The day started with a visit to the house of artist Penny Hallas and poet Lyndon Davies, to see work by Philip Watkins and Catherine Baker, both unfamiliar to me. Watkins admitted to not being particularly proactive in raising the profile of his work, though he has in fact shown quite widely. His stark and unforgiving paintings of industrial sites, deserted streets and other banalities of landscape have an arid beauty. He admits to ‘trying to reconcile living in such a pretty place with my penchant for council estates and underpasses.’

Throughout the day, there is conversation between artists and curators about the context of the work – the impact of the rural locale on the artists’ practice and career is of varying relevance and there is some sense that the relationship to the place of their work is anything but direct. What rurality does afford is quietness and space – Morag Colquhoun‘s studio on the Penpont Estate may be small and compact but it breathes in the breadth of its surrounding countryside, making it impossible to feel cramped. With nature a constant companion, there is always room.

Talking with Pip Woolf at the Arts Alive Wales studio, we discuss the definition of contemporary art. She questions where her work ‘fits’, and I ask if it really matters? It seems to me that ‘contemporary art’ is a wide sphere of practice whose only definition might be a commitment to interrogate its past, present and future in some way. The studio space offers a place to crack this open – it is a test bed for the imagination where process meets practice. The studios we saw during the day were particular and idiosyncratic, most especially that of Susan Adams and Chris Nurse. Built in their garden, it houses both their diverse practices, which sit beside each other with a strange familiarity. Adams’ oversized automaton crouches in the corner making the space feel more than a little off kilter, and it crackles with creativity.

It’s quite important for curators to be gathered up and taken off to see work – it gives them license to walk away from the administration they are often trapped in and spend crucial ‘looking’ time that reminds them why they love what they do. Vital as this is, it can get squeezed out in the pressure to get the next show up or the next grant written. Making it easy is so valuable to these art professionals. Rebecca Spooner‘s careful coordination of the day, meant there was no rushing. The schedule gave ample time to see and talk and have a valuable exchange. Though some of the group knew the artists visited that day, most admitted there were a few they weren’t familiar with. Several curators commented that it had given them a better ‘mental map’ of artists working in the region and some overview of their practice. These kind of meetings may not have concrete outcomes for the artists involved but they are important in increasing a sphere of awareness of their work. Getting work seen is as important to artists as seeing work is to curators.

- Alicia Miller

 

Artists:

Catherine Baker

Philip Watkins

Stefhan Caddick

Pip Woolf

Morag Colquhoun

Tessa Waite

Susan Adams

Chris Nurse

Download details of the artistsPEAK Artists

 

Artist Photographer: Toril Brancher (photo credit)

 

Visitors:

Louise Wright, Portfolio Manager, Arts Council of Wales

Kasia Howard, Education Officer, The Landmark Trust

Kathryn Campbell Dodd, Gallery Assistant, Oriel Myrddin

David Trigg, freelance writer and critic

Gavin Johnson, Film Regeneration and Development Manager, Ffilm Cymru Wales

Alicia Miller, Axisweb Associate in Wales, Axisweb

Amanda Roderick, Director, Mission Gallery

Louisa Mayor, Assistant Curator, Meadow Arts

Ruth Cayford, Project Leader, Cardiff Contemporary

Download details of the visitors: PEAK Visitors

 

Rebecca Spooner, Arts Development Manager, Arts Alive Wales

Emma Balch, PEAK Project Assistant, Arts Alive Wales

 

PEAK is an initiative devised and delivered by Arts Alive Wales, seeking to develop platforms for contemporary art in the Black Mountains.

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Arts Council of Wales

15 Sep
2014

New Grant from the Clore Duffield Poetry and Literature Awards

Thanks to a generous grant by the Clore Duffield Poetry and Literature Awards, Arts Alive Wales are pleased to announce that the Caban Sgriblio project will continue in 2015. Young people identified through Powys education and health partners will be invited to writing workshops exploring the work of contemporary Welsh poets to develop their own poetry and writing style for a performance on film. The aim of the project is to improve their resilience, confidence and aspirations.

Caban Sgriblio first started in late 2013 as a pilot project to help develop the confidence of young people in Powys schools. Working at Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells and Crickhowell schools, writers Emma Beynon and Rebecca Loncraine led three groups of children into writing workshops geared towards building confidence and helping to realise their own unique voice. The effect of the project has been stark, with one teacher commenting that “some of the students who would have perhaps been more isolated in classroom situations [were] brave and prepared to share their views, or instead of working alone, actually working with a partner”.

Arts Alive Wales is one of only twelve charities to receive the grant and would like to thank the Clore Duffield Foundation for its support of Caban Sgriblio.

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