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2 Nov
2017

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

 

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.

30 Aug
2017

Portfolio Plus + Blog – 2017

“Overall, the two days gave me a lot to think about and a great deal of inspiration for my own work… It is certainly safe to say I have gained a new perspective on the world!”

 

From 24th-28th July 2017, Arts Alive Wales ran their Portfolio Plus+ project (15-19 years) for young people who show a special talent and interest in the arts. The project boosts students artistic skills and knowledge and encourages creative careers. Commissioned by the Arts Council Wales and Powys County Council and part of the National Criw Celf initiative, Portfolio introduces students to professional artists, makers and designers through inspirational workshops, studio and gallery visits, exploring different approaches to art and design.  Arts Alive Wales runs two groups (11-15yrs + 15-19yrs) each year – see our Project page for more information.

On two of the workshops, Arts Alive Wales invited two of its promising writers who have been working on AAW Creative writing project, Caban Sgriblio at Gwernyfed High School to join the group as writers in residence. Roxy Shaw and Amelie Williams attended a trip to IKON gallery, Birmingham, to observe Sidney Nolan’s spray paintings and later for a visit to The Sidney Nolan Trust responding to Nolan’s work and working in the landscape with drone technology. 

 

“Learning about the drone was fascinating, and it gave a completely unique perspective of the landscape…I think this insight into new technology gives artists new ways to present the world around them and I am very pleased to have had a part in that.”

 

 

Roxy Shaw IKON

To read Roxy’s piece click HERE

To read Amelie’s piece click HERE

2 May
2017

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

14 Apr
2017

SUMMER / HAF 2017

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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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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24 Mar
2016

Meet The Professionals: Editing and Publishing

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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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9 Oct
2014

Artist Visit to Llwyn Celyn, Llanthony Valley

 

Wednesday 8th October 2014

PEAK is currently working on a pilot project, in partnership with The Landmark Trust, to develop a programme of artist residencies during 2015-18, in response to the Trust’s renovation of Llwyn Celyn, a medieval house and farm in the Llanthony Valley. On 8th October a group of selected artists living and working in the Black Mountains were invited to visit the site. The proposed residencies will give artists the opportunity to research an historically important Grade I listed site and sensitively explore the building’s renovation – examining the physical and social ecology that is lost as well as gained.

Images by PEAK Project Assictant, Emma Balch, from the first Artist Site Visit to Llwyn Celyn:

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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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