Posts Tagged ‘arts opportunities’

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.




9 Aug

2017 Food Festival Art Project

Volunteer with Bettina Reeves to create stunning sculptures for Abergavenny Market Hall

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Volunteers are warmly invited to join Bettina Reeves for the 2017 Abergavenny Food Festival art project.  Bettina, who retires this summer from her position as senior tutor for Theatre Design at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, has chosen chickens for this year’s art project, a theme last visited in 2008 “We will be crafting chickens from withy and willow, paper and fabric and fluttering amongst these beauties will be native butterflies of silk”.

The project takes place in the Arts Alive Wales studio over 15 intensive days from 29 August to 13 September, 9.30am to 5.30pm and will be installed in Abergavenny Market Hall in time for the Festival weekend on 16/17 September.  This hugely enjoyable and rewarding project is open to volunteers  of all abilities aged over 16 years.  Join us to share and learn new skills and to enjoy the camaraderie, fun and great lunches.  We look forward to welcoming familiar as well as new faces.

Bring lunch to share and a pair of scissors

For more information or if you want to take part email 

The unveiling of the annual art project is an eagerly awaited moment in the local calendar whilst the sculptures are a hugely popular feature of the Market Hall, drawing residents and visitors all year round.  In recognition of its iconic status, this year’s project has been generously supported with funding from Abergavenny Town Council

2017 is Abergavenny Food Festival’s 19th year running and reaches 35,000 people

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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 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

Or contact Rebecca Spooner, Creative Director / 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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3 Jan


A day of focused, one-to-one professional review sessions with Arts Alive’s Creative Director, Rebecca Spooner to provide constructive feedback and support practitioners of all disciplines with arts funding, project development, promotion and event organising.

Tuesday 28th February
Arts Alive Wales studio, Crickhowell 

Only 6 places are available. 45 minute time slots.

10:00 – 10:45am
11:00 – 11:45am
12:00- 12:45pm
02:00 – 2:45pm
03:00 – 3:45pm
04:00 – 4:45pm

£15 / £10 for Creative Network members and students

Scroll down to book a place or tel: 01873 811579 / email:


Rebecca Spooner Rebecca Spooner has worked in the arts in Wales for over fifteen years and is experienced in arts fundraising, organising and promoting exhbitions, residencies, public talks and workshops, mentoring, arts participation and project management. Rebecca was an exhibiting artist for ten years, specialising in film and photography installation. 



7 Jan

OPPORTUNITY: Criw Celf Project Manager



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

Closing date Monday 23 January 2017 at 5pm

Arts Alive Wales wish to appoint a freelance Project Manager for Criw Celf South Powys to manage and evaluate 2017 provision.  The appointment is key to successful project delivery, and will ensure that we meet the project’s objectives to extend opportunity to Powys students aged 11 to 19 years with talent and interest in the visual arts.  The Project Manager will attend all Criw Celf South Powys sessions as well as undertaking the planning, coordination and evaluation of all activity. The successful applicant will be a creative and dynamic person, and a brilliant communicator with strong presentational skills, able to advocate successfully for the project and on behalf of Arts Alive Wales.

Rate of Pay – total Fee: £6,800

(Fee includes admin costs; contribution to travel costs in accordance with AAW policy for freelance staff)

Contract Date: 1 February 2017 to 30 September 2017.

We anticipate an average commitment of one day per week.  The project manager must attend all Criw Celf South Powys activity.  For confirmed dates, please see application pack.

Download an application pack: project-manager-criw-celf-application-pack

Or email

To apply email a CV and Covering Letter, explaining why you are interested in the role and how you meet the requirements of the Person Specification:


Only electronic applications will be accepted.

For more information or to discuss the post, contact Creative Director, Rebecca Spooner on 01873 811579.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 23 January 2017.  Applicants must be available for interview on Tuesday 31 January 2017, which will take place at Arts Alive Wales’ Crickhowell venue.





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Dyddiad cau dydd Llun 23 Ionawr 2017 am 5pm

Dymuna Arts Alive Wales benodi Rheolwr Prosiect ar gyfer Criw Celf De Powys i reoli a gwerthuso darpariaeth 2017. Mae’r penodiad yn allweddol i gyflenwi’r prosiect yn llwyddiannus, a sicrhau ein bod yn bodloni amcanion y prosiect i ehangu cyfle ym Mhowys i ddisgyblion rhwng 11 ac 19 oed sydd â thalent a diddordeb yn y celfyddydau gweledol. Bydd y Rheolwr Prosiect yn mynychu holl sesiynau Criw Celf De Powys, yn ogystal ag ymgymryd â chynllunio, cydlynu a gwerthuso’r holl weithgarwch. Bydd yr ymgeisydd llwyddiannus yn berson creadigol a deinamig, ac yn gyfathrebwr disglair â sgiliau cyflwyno cryf, sydd yn gallu eirioli’n llwyddiannus ar ran y prosiect ac ar ran Arts Alive Wales.

Cyfradd Tâl – cyfanswm Ffi: £6,800

(Mae’r ffi yn cynnwys costau gweinyddu; cyfraniad at gostau teithio yn unol â pholisi AAW ar gyfer staff sy’n gweithio ar eu liwt eu hun)

Dyddiad Contract: 1 Chwefror 2017 tan 30 Medi 2017.

Rhagwelwn ymrwymiad sy’n gyfartaledd o un diwrnod yr wythnos. Rhaid i’r rheolwr prosiect fynychu holl weithgareddau Criw Celf De Powys. Gweler y pecyn ymgeisio ar gyfer y dyddiadau sydd wedi eu cadarnhau.

Lawrlwythwch becyn ymgeisio o: project-manager-criw-celf-application-pack

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Er mwyn ymgeisio e-bostiwch CV a Llythyr Eglurhaol i esbonio pam fod diddordeb gennych yn y rôl a sut yr ydych yn diwallu gofynion Manyleb y Person:


Dim ond ceisiadau electronig a gaiff eu derbyn.

Am ragor o wybodaeth neu i drafod y swydd, cysylltwch â’r Cyfarwyddwr Creadigol, Rebecca Spooner ar 01873 811579.

Y dyddiad cau ar gyfer ymgeisio yw 5pm ddydd Llun 23 Ionawr 2017. Rhaid i ymgeiswyr fod ar gael am gyfweliad ddydd Mawrth 31 Ionawr, a gynhelir yn lleoliad Crugywel, Arts Alive Wales.

6 Jan

Creative Network newsletter – JANUARY 2017

Happy New Year to our Creative Network members! We are looking forward to discovering what 2017 holds and hope that you will join us for some rewarding workshops, events and professional development sessions in the months ahead.


The January newsletter contains a mix of international opportunities and local events that might interest you.  Please email the Creative Network Co-ordinator Rhoda Lane at to promote your news and activities


arteles-residency-2017RESIDENCY: Arteles Creative Residency Programme, Finland

The Arteles Creative Centre in Hämeenkyrö, Finland, hosts a residency programme for between 11-14 artists every month in order to help nurture their creativity, career development as well as physical and mental wellbeing.

There are studio spaces and communal areas within the tranquil and secluded landscape of the centre, and they encourage artists from all over the world, from a variety of disciplines, to experience the programme.

In particular, Arteles is seeking artists & creative professionals from the fields of:
Visual Arts | Photography | New Media | Sound Art | Music
Design | Performing Arts | Literature | Research

If you are interested in applying for a residency in July, August, September or October 2017, lasting either 1 or 2 months, you can apply via the website by Thursday 12th January, and also view a selection of artists and projects from past residencies.

Financial assistance is available for residents selected to join the program.
The financial support provided by Arteles is 50 % of the residency fee.



new-welsh-reviewNEW WELSH REVIEW: Readers’ Poll 2017

New Welsh Review are asking readers to nominate their all-time favourite memoir and novella in the English language in their Readers’ Poll for 2017. They want to draw up a longlist of 10 titles from writers living or dead, from any era (translations are permitted).


You can submit your nomination online via Twitter to @NewWelshReview and the Facebook page or write to by Monday 16th January. Once the longlist is announced on 25th January, the shortlisting will follow on 15th February, and the winning authors will be declared on 1st March.



Zoomorphic - Eleanor BartlemanEXHIBITION: Zoomorphic, Llantarnam Grange

 Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre is currently hosting Zoomorphic, a collection of artists’ work which explores the world of the human and animal. The hybrid figures, intricate and beautiful examples of craftsmanship, are inspired by fairytales, fantasy and  folklore from all over the world.


Featured artists include: Anthropomorphica, Eleanor Bartleman, Christie Brown, Adrian Higgins, Kerry Jameson, kealwork, Jackie Needham, Gladys Paulus, Zenna Tagney, Yannick Unfricht.

The pieces range from ceramics, textiles, video and digital print.

Entry to the exhibition is FREE and ends on 28th January, Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5pm, and Saturday 9.30am – 4pm.

Zoomorphic runs concurrently with the Textile Landscapes exhibition in the Oriel Cafe, featuring the work of Creative Network member Penny Turnbull, and with Remnant Black, featuring pieces from the Craft Showcase. Mixed-media jeweller Amanda Caines, also from the Creative Network, is displaying her jewellery made from found objects and inspired by the Welsh landscape.



 punk-forever-bannerEXHIBITION: Punk Forever, Redhouse

Redhouse in Merthyr will exhibit a collection of original artworks by Punk musicians Jamie Reid, James Cauty and Billy Childish, curated by Merthyr artist and collector Gerrion Jones.

The exhibition celebrates 40 years since Punk music was born in 1977, with a mixture of posters, paintings and other pieces that illustrate the musicians anarchic attitudes towards political and social change.

Entry is FREE from 21st January until 21st February, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, but please contact Redhouse in advance to check that no meetings or events are planned in the exhibition space.



fest-film-2017-submissionsCALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FEST – New Directors New Film Festival

Portugal-based FEST Film organises an annual festival of independent film, with the goal of allowing up-and-coming film-makers to promote their work, providing training opportunities and developing audiences.



FEST  is calling for feature film and short film submissions for its 13th edition of the festival which will take place in Espinho in June 2017. The entries should fall into one of two categories:

A) Fiction and Non-Fiction feature films (minimum length is 55 minutes) from directors who are on their first or second feature length project, regardless of age.

B) Fiction, Documentary, Animation and Experimental Short films (up to 54 minutes of duration) from directors up to the age of 30 (including) at the end of the production.

The final deadline for submissions is the 28th of February 2017, at midnight. For further details about how to enter, visit the website, or contact



bronze-casting-20160201-8-0001-copy_origCOURSES: Tim Rawlins Bronze Casting

Next Course March 2017

 Tim Rawlins, a ceramicist, sculptor and painter, delivers bronze casting courses from his base in Cusop Dingle, Hereford. He is holding bronze casting courses where you can design, sculpt and patinate your own bronze sculpture – no previous experience is needed.



Day 1 and 2: working with wax to create your sculpture for casting. Wax working techniques and help with design and development of ideas. You will also have additional time to work on your piece at home or here at Make Studios by arrangement.

Days 3 and 4: preparation and pouring, including spruing and mould making.

Day 5: Burning out moulds and pouring.

Day 6: Finishing and patination.

This course is held over 3 weekends: 11/12th, 18/19th, 25/26th   March 2017

Total Cost £395: Includes 6 days training, materials and your sculpture and two months membership of Make.

A 50% deposit is payable to secure your place. Student discounts are available on a limited number of places. (There are a limited number of places remaining on this course, as the last course we ran was oversubscribed.)

To secure your place or if you have any questions please contact Tim Rawlins on 01497 821663 or at    You can also check out Tim’s gallery of work on his website:



tree-copy-copy-580x419SPOTLIGHT ON: Sarah Rhys

Creative Network member Sarah Rhys is a multi-disciplinary artist based in rural Monmouthshire. Her work ranges from installations, print, drawing, artist books, photography and moving image, investigating the subjects of Memory, Place and the Liminal. Her work has been exhibited in Wales, Australia, the United States and in the Czech Republic, and she has also run school and gallery workshops in the UK, and France.


Her latest project, Coal Tree Salt Sea, brings together her research themes in the juxtaposition of natural forms and processes. This project evolved from her artist research and development residency Coal Tree, in partnership with the Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru, drawing on the landscape, archaeology and mining heritage of the Ystradgynlais area, and culminating in a site-specific installation piece. Her recent visit to salt mines in Poland has extended the scope of the work, drawing parallels with the mining of coal in Wales, and including the alchemy of salt and its use in ritual processes.


Coal Tree Salt Sea will be exhibited in Abergavenny Museum from January 18th until March 1st, and will later move to Oriel Q in Narberth for  5th August until 3rd September. The exhibition is accompanied by a book, which is available to pre-order on Sarah’s online shop.



If you have a news item or Spotlight profile that you would like to feature in our February newsletter, write to me at by Monday 22nd January.


– Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator


6 Sep



Members of the Creative Network are invited to apply for a £300 ‘mini-fund’ to produce new work. We want to hear about your idea for a new project, publication, performance, collaboration, exhibition or body of work. There are no creative limitations.

Deadlines for applications are in March and September each year.

The next deadline for applications is 5pm, FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2017.

Download the application form and guidelines:creative-network-mini-fund-march-2017

March 2016’s mini fund was awarded to a collaborative group of three Creative Network members; Susan Milne, Katherine Sheers and Helen Watkins, to produce a new exhibition. You can read Susan’s overview of the project below…





27 May  -5 June 2016

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The Tabernacle in Talgarth, a successful local music venue, was transformed into a gallery space for the duration of the Hay Festival. Artists Susan Milne, Katherine Sheers and Helen Watkins presented an exhibition that covered a range of ideas, techniques and mediums celebrating textiles and garments.

With the Tabernacle’s natural light enhanced by subtle pinpoint and track lights, the old chapel  became a quiet and meditative space in which to enjoy the work.

Helen’s beautiful linen hangings were coloured using a palette of plant dyes harvested from the surrounding landscape. The four suspended  pieces aimed to create a gentle space for quiet contemplation.

Katherine displayed individually dyed specimens of concealment, pinned as entomology samples and figurative works of finely stitched silk and cotton. Susan’s paper and fibre constructions, deriving from her drawings of garment fragments in museums, and ancient textile fragments from archaeological collections, were presented, museum style on  display tables with  lights for the individual pieces of work.

Approximately 500 people attended the exhibition, including visitors to the area,  local people and  visitors to the Hay Festival from the UK and abroad. The artists sold at least 25% of their work and there were expressions of interest for further exhibitions, sales and promotion.

The artists are grateful for the support from the Creative Network mini fund, the Tabernacle and the Hay Festival and also many local helpers.

Susan Milne, artist
Summer 2016

Photo credit: ‘Ann Dierikx Photography’


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15 Nov

Winner of the Creative Network mini-fund…


This Autumn’s mini-fund has been awarded to a collective of nine Creative Network members who will use the £300 fund to contribute to practical costs in preparation of a group exhibition at Un Deg Un, Wrexham in April 2016.


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Artists include:

Susan Adams

Morag Colquhoun

Justine Cook

Penny Hallas

Richard Harris

Jamie Lake

Chris Nurse

Tessa Waite

Philip Watkins




“The excitement and challenge of this opportunity arises from the diversity of our approaches: film, installation, animation, interventions in the landscape, drawing, painting, sculpture. Shared themes and interests at this stage include bringing the attention to small, overlooked places and things. However, rather than this being a straightforward exhibition, we see this as a collaborative venture through which we identify themes through exploring each others work and responding to the venue itself, which comprises two vast areas – one light, one pitch black. So this will be an opportunity for us to:

• develop relationships and artistic exchange

• share ideas and approaches

• produce new work and experiment with new work in development

• take elements relating to living/working in the Black Mountains to another environment

• foster wider networks”


Un Deg Un is part of a series of multi-purpose, pop-up creative spaces ran by THIS Project, based in a former retail unit in Wrexham town centre. THIS Project is a community of artists, arts organisations and creative individuals that support the arts and culture in Wrexham.

Developments from the exhibition will be shared on the Creative Network blog and we aim to work with the group to programme artist talks and events in the Black Mountains in 2016.


12 Aug

Creative Network: MINI FUND

The Creative Network supports arts practitioners through opportunities for collaboration, discussion, promotion and training. The Creative Network is focused (although not exclusively) on the Black Mountains and surrounding areas and currently has 90 members including artists, makers, writers, theatre practitioners, producers, illustrators and photographers.

Members of the Creative Network are invited to apply for a £300 ‘mini-fund’ to produce new work. We want to hear about your idea for a new project, publication, performance, collaboration, exhibition or body of work. There are no creative limitations…

The next deadline for applications is Friday 25th September, 5pm.

Download a simple application form:

Word document: CREATIVE NETWORK MINI FUND sept 2015


Previous winners of the mini-fund have included Antonia Spowers, to produce a new sculpture for exhibition at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and Penny Hallas, to purchase new digital equipment in order to experiment with site-specific projections.


creative_network_logo-smThe Creative Network costs £18 a year and offers a range of benefits. If you are not currently a member please visit the web page where you can complete an online registration form:


For more information contact Rebecca Spooner, Arts Development Manager: / 01873 811579



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Fri 20

POTTERY – autumn term

October 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 23

BASKET MAKING – autumn term

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wed 25

DRAWING & PAINTING – autumn term

October 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm