Posts Tagged ‘opportunities’

25 Sep

Air Lab – Above the Radar

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Monday 27th November


Arts Alive Wales Studio, Crickhowell


A professional training day for artists, filmmakers and writers to develop scripts, storyboards, filming and editing techniques in relation to sky-orientated filmmaking.

James Hedley is an award winning VR film director. Having shot all over the world for clients such as BBC, Sky, United Nations and Google, he has a wealth of experience delivering documentary & drama projects of international scale. Frequently looking to give audiences new perspectives, James implements the use of drones in his work in order to offer viewer an out of body VR experience like no other.

Ben Huss-Smickler is a professional drone pilot with over four years flight experience. He flies globally for clients such as Honda, Gumball 3000, United Nations, and charities and premier league clubs. His company SkyEdge specialises in 3670 aerial footage and have pioneered bespoke solutions in immersive media (


£60 per person, including lunch.

Scroll down to BOOK ONLINE or contact Rebecca Spooner, Creative Director

e: / 01873 811579



Air Lab – creating new perspectives

Air Lab is a new digital project focused on the potential of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), exploring the terrain of the Black Mountains from the sky, through a programme of training events and workshops. Artists, creative technologists and environmental organisations will work together to increase skills and knowledge, experiment and network in a spirit of peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.
Click here for the full programme



14 Sep

Air Lab – Stories from Above

air lab1Air Lab – Stories from Above

Monday 6th + Saturday 11th November


A professional development course for emerging artists to gain valuable training from experienced practitioners to design creative projects with young people.

We are delighted to welcome guest artist Mariele Neudecker to the first day of training.

Artists will have the opportunity to work with Mariele, alongside Emma Posey, Air Lab Associate Producer and Rachel Dunlop, AAW Participation Manager to collaboratively explore and develop workshop ideas. In the second session artists will be supported to facilitate their workshops with young participants from Arts Alive Wales’ projects and gain critical feedback.

‘German-born, Mariele Neudecker (b1965) lives and works in Bristol. She is known internationally for her glass vitrines containing landscapes of forests, lakes or mountains together with simulated weather effects. These often evoke other pictures or artists. Also using sculpture, film and photography, Neudecker creates a playful frisson between historical representations of the Sublime landscape and our perception, imagination and memory of experience.’ – Tate.

Mariele is a Professor at Bath Spa University.


Training Places
Free training places are available for up to 6 x emerging Wales based artists, at a pivotal stage in their early career.

Aimed at emerging artists, applications must be made by artists who have achieved a professional level of practice but can demonstrate the benefit of attending further training. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply. We are not seeking ‘digital artists’ per se but are also interested in those artists who are keen to explore the potential of digital within their practice.

Deadline for applications: 5pm Monday 9th October. 

For more information and application processAir Lab Stories from Above application

Or contact Rebecca Spooner 

e: / t: 01873 811579


Air Lab – creating new perspectives

Air Lab is a new digital project focused on the potential of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), exploring the terrain of the Black Mountains from the sky, through a programme of training events and workshops. Artists, creative technologists and environmental organisations will work together to increase skills and knowledge, experiment and network in a spirit of peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.

Click here for the full programme








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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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

Only electronic applications will be accepted.

For more information or to discuss the post, contact Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager or 01873 811579.

Once you’ve completed your application, please send it FAO Justine Wheatley, Chief Executive by email to

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:

Derbynnir ceisiadau electronig yn unig.

Am ragor o wybodaeth neu i drafod y swydd, cysylltwch â Rachel Dunlop, Rheolwr Cyfranogi neu 01873 811579.

Dychwelwch y ffurflen wedi ei chwblhau at sylw Justine Wheatley, Prif Weithredwr drwy e-bost i

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.

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 –

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:


10 Apr

cARTrefu ARTIST – Invitation to tender

Age Cymru is seeking twelve artists for the next phase of cARTrefu (2017-19) which will improve the quality and provision of art in care settings across Wales.


cARTrefu Artist – Invitation to tender

We’re looking for innovative artists in any art form who have a desire to create bold and original work with older people in residential care. This project is not about maintaining the norm; we want fresh, new thinkers who will really challenge and develop this area of work. We welcome work that is punchy, risky, rude, controversial – not safe, tried, tired and tested.

You will need to have experience of facilitating workshops using your art form, however experience of working with older people isn’t essential, as the programme is designed to support practitioners to develop their skills in this area. Those with some experience of working with older people are still encouraged to apply if they are keen to develop their skills further whilst working alongside an expert mentor.

Your role as cARTrefu Artist will be to develop your own artistic practice, assimilating your experiences of creating art with older people in residential care. You will complete five residencies over two years in five separate care homes around Wales. Each residency will last for 12 weeks, at the end of which you will be expected to showcase the work produced (by yourself and residents) at public end-of-residency exhibitions / showcases coordinated with Age Cymru.

cARTrefu Artists will be mentored through each residency by an Artist Mentor whose role will be to help each artist develop their creative ideas and professional workshop practice. The mentors will also work closely with care home staff, supporting them to deliver their own creative workshop by the end of the residency.

The total value of this tender is £8,550.

Project expenses such as travel and materials will be paid separately by Age Cymru. The deadline for bids is 21 April 2017 at 12:00pm.

For more information, please visit:

6 Mar

Creative Network newsletter – MARCH 2017

March is here and the arts and culture calendar is most definitely filling up, with opportunities for residencies, calls for artists and conferences aplenty.


Let us know if you have an event or opportunity that you would like us to publicise, either via the Creative Network blog or on our social media channels. 

Email the Creative Network Co-ordinator Rhoda Lane at 



Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 11.18.26EXHIBITION – Sue Hiley Harris, Tower Gallery Crickhowell

Sculptor and weaver Sue Hiley Harris invites you to the private view of her exhibition of weaving, collage and drawing on 11th March at Tower Gallery in Crickhowell.

The exhibition opens on 8th March and runs until 6th May.

Other featured artists from the Usk Valley Artists’ Cooperative include: Hannah Firmin, Graeme Galvin, Michael Howard, Kay Leverton,Harriet Lloyd, Lesley Lillywhite, Robert Macdonald, Philippine Sowerby.

Tower Gallery is open from 10am until 5pm Wednesday to Saturday.

See Sue’s website for the full range of her works:





Barddoniaeth-Colled-700x400RESIDENCY – The Poetry of Loss: Brussels Literary Residency, May 2017


Literature Wales are inviting applications from Wales-based writers for a literary residency in Brussels this May. The project, called Poetry of Loss, commemorates the First World War through the programme Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 (supported by the Welsh Government and the Government of Flanders).


Welsh poet Hedd Wyn was killed on the battlefield near Ypres on 31 July 1917, and this project has a particular emphasis on him and his work.

The residency will run from 8th May until 28th May at Passa Porta, the International House of Literature in central Brussels.

For more details and to apply, see the Literature Wales website.

Deadline for applications is Friday 10th March 2017.



9914438643_6b9275bd22_o-1500x630CALL FOR ENTRIES – Encounters Film Festival 2017


Filmmakers have the chance to enter their short films for the Encounters Film Festival. Encounters Festival is a qualifying festival for The Academy Awards®, and is also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards; European Film Awards, Cartoon D’Or and BAFTA’s.


  • Films from  every genre are accepted
  • New categories for 2017 include VR/AR and 360 degree storytelling
  • Films must be no longer than 30 minutes including credits
  • Films you want to enter to Encounters 2017 must have been completed after January 1st 2016
  • Encounters does not require any premiere status
  • The main submission platform is Withoutabox.

Dates and Submission Fees:

  • The early bird deadline for applications with a reduced entry fee of £20is March 31st.
  • Regular deadline is May 23rdat £25 per film
  • Late extended deadline is June 2nd at £40 per film

For more details and to apply, see the website and follow Encounters on Twitter, Facebook and sign up for the newsletter.



imgres-1COMPETITION – Tabernacle Art Competition, MOMA Machynlleth


Arts practitioners are invited to apply for competition entry packs for the Tabernacle Art Competition by MOMA Machynlleth.

Adults are tasked with creating work around the theme of LEGEND, while entries by under 18s are free to choose their subject matter.


Entry Fee £10
Under 18 Entry Fee £3

The winners will receive the following prizes:

First Prize £1200
Second Prize £600
Third Prize £300
Under 18 Prize £100

Voted for by the public:
Ailsa Owen Memorial Prize £850
Under 18 Ailsa Owen Prize £100



imgresCOMPETITION – Open Art Compeition, Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell

Oriel CriC is calling for entries from professional, amateur and emerging artists to their Open Art Competition. This is the fourth year of the competition, which has proved popular with visitors to the area as well as the residents.
A maximum of three works can be submitted for free, and all must be available for sale. 5 prizes are on offer:

  • First prize – £500
  • Runner up – £250
  • Young Artist (under 25) – £250
  • Visitor’s Choice – £250
  • ‘Welsh Legends’ theme 2017 – £250

You can download information on the entry requirements directly from the website.

Shortlisted work will be exhibited at the Oriel CRiC Gallery from 26th May – 4th July 2017, including during the Crickhowell Open Studios Weekend. 





pastedgraphicpage001_random_rock_in_a_mountainEXHIBITION – Fay Goodwin, MOMA Machynlleth


MOMA in Machynlleth is exhibiting the work of the late British photographer and environmentalist Fay Goodwin (1931 – 2005). The Drovers’ Roads of Wales and Other Photographs are monochrome images of the rural landscape, ancient and sacred pilgrimages, charting the routes of drovers and their livestock.


You can read Michael Tomlinson’s review in the New Welsh Review issue 113 blog  and find more details on MOMA via their website.

This exhibition runs until 1 April at MOMA Machynlleth, 10.00am to 16.00pm, Monday to Saturday in the Ruralist & Pulpit Rooms.



imgres-2CONFERENCE – Art & Older People, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Organised by Age Cymru and Arts Council of Wales with support from the Baring Foundation, the Art & Older People conference will be held on Thursday 6th April at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, and seeks to explore the following questions:

How can arts activities support the creation of age friendly communities?

How can creativity help older people to live well and enjoy later life?

This interactive and engaging session will examine the role of the arts in creating age friendly communities and the contribution of creative activity in supporting older people to maintain their independence.

  • Policy makers with responsibility for healthy and active ageing programmes
  • People and organisations working within local authority Ageing Well plans
  • Health and social care professionals working with older people
  • People working in arts and culture interested in working with older people
  • Older people and community groups who want to share their voices and experiences relating to Age Friendly and arts programmes

Participants can choose two of four possible breakout sessions and listen to panel discussions led by Paul Cann, former Chief of Age UK Oxfordshire and founding member of the Campaign to End Loneliness. Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, is one of the named speakers at the conference.

To book your place, go to Eventbrite via the Arts Council of Wales website.



imgres-2PHILOSOPHY – The Greatest Adventure: Love in the Time of Tinder


The first speakers have been announced for the event The Greatest Adventure: Love in the Time of Tinder, taking place in 29th – 30th April at The Globe in Hay-on-Wye. The philosophy event will explore the intricacies of love and relationships in the digital age through debates, talks and workshops. The event is organised by The Institute of Art and Ideas and will be produced in association with partners Relate and Philosophy Now.

With the rise of dating apps and new technologies, connecting with others has never been easier. But whilst Tinder reached 50 million users last year, studies show that we are lonelier than ever. Once, the study of love was deemed of vital importance, considered by Plato the greatest of all subjects. But modern philosophy has seen discourse on love fall largely by the wayside—our event seeks to change that.
The first speakers include:

Martha Fiennes, award-winning director best known for her BAFTA nominated debut Onegin, an adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s work on life and love

Christopher Hamilton, Kings College London philosopher and author of How to Deal with Adversity

Helen Croydon, Journalist, broadcaster and author of Screw The Fairytale

Chris Sherwood, CEO of Relate, the UK’s largest relationship counselling service

Anders Sandberg, neuroscientist and senior fellow at the Oxford Future of Humanity Institute

Susan Quilliam, School of Life relationship coach and Dating Expert of the Year 2015.

For tickets, see the link:




4631333192_198x198RESIDENCIES – Celf O Gwmpas & Disability Arts Wales

Llandrindod Wells-based Celf O Gwmpas is offering four 1-Month in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru in order to support Wales-based disabled artists to develop new work and reflect on their practice.


The successful applicants will form part of a national and international residency project supporting disabled artists working in a wide variety of art forms.

Residencies will be taking place in October, November, December 2017 and January 2018: dates tbc.

The residency opportunity is supported by Arts Council Wales.

The package includes:

  • £1,000 each to cover artist fees, travel and subsistence costs
  • Accessible self-contained accommodation
  • Shared studio facilities at Centre Celf
  • Opportunity to show work in progress
  • Advice and guidance on future opportunities, including consideration for Celf o Gwmpas exhibition programme.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 13th June 5pm, 2017
For further details, consult the webpage.



Frontpage-coursesSPOTLIGHT ON: Pearl Taylor

Pearl Taylor is a Herefordshire-based feltmaker and member of the International Feltmakers Association. She trained at Herefordshire College of Art, and previously received a prize for a live brief from Chelsea College of Art. Through her business Duckshed Felt she takes on commercial commissions, making textiles for home furnishings and clothing, and exhibits her pieces in wearable art shows.


Stitch and people who have stitched fascinate me. At present, the thousands of moments and memories captured in Welsh Wholecloths in precise, neat marks fascinate me. My current wet felted shawls have stitch moments attached as an acknowledgement of those who have gone before and those who will wear and use now and later. As a full time carer the concept of memory and locking in moments of constructive being are emotive, vital for survival and inform my work.
Pearl runs tailor-made courses in feltmaking from her home at Upper Newton Farmhouse in the Welsh Marches. Most tutors come from all over the globe and are affiliated with the International Feltmakers Association. Courses and workshops are suitable for all abilities range in duration, and it is possible to stay at Upper Newton Farmhouse while you learn.
Pearl is currently busy working on commissions and working towards gaining a qualification on the City and Guilds Level 3 machine embroidery course. She has just returned from a fact-finding trip to Japan and will soon be exhibiting work as part of the Shropshire Arts Trail and in Kingsland, Herefordshire as part of H.Art.
To make an enquiry about courses and Pearl’s work, see the website.


If you have a news item or Spotlight profile that you would like to feature in our April newsletter, write to Rhoda at by Monday 20th March.

– Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator

15 Feb

VACANCIES AT CELF O GWMPAS – Development Officer & Trustee

Celf O GwmpasCelf o Gwmpas is looking for two new people to fill exciting roles and join the busy team at its base in Llandrindod Wells.





Development Officer
21 hours per week

The post will be a part-time fixed term contract for a period of 24 months, starting early in 2017.  Celf o Gwmpas wishes to engage an individual with knowledge and experience of Arts, Health and Wellbeing to manage our ‘Reaching Out, Drawing In’ programme and focus on the research and development of longer term strategies for working in the Arts and Health sector and identify appropriate funding streams to support any new work.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication and organisational skills, be able to build and maintain partnerships and have experience of working within the Arts and Health sector.  He or she is expected to show a commitment to equal opportunities and diversity and to the aims and objectives of Celf o Gwmpas.

The role will involve liaison with a range of venues, organisations and individuals in the arts and health sectors. The project will be delivered through a programme of outreach work, workshop sessions, exhibitions and residencies.

The rate of pay for the work is £12.33 per hour (actual salary per annum £13,464.36)
For the job description and further information, visit our website.  To apply please complete and return the application form found at

Submit your completed application form to
If you require your application in a different format, please call the office on 01597 822777. Welsh translations available on request.

The closing date for applications is Friday 24 February 2017 at 1pm. Interviews are to be held on Friday 10 March 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email. If you do not hear from us by 10 March, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.






Board of Trustees

We are currently looking to appoint a new member to the Board of Trustees. Celf o Gwmpas creates projects, exhibitions and residencies that open up opportunities for participation, developing artistic practice and supporting social inclusion.

Celf o Gwmpas has a strong commitment to inclusion, participation and diversity.  Applications are particularly welcome from candidates who will bring additional diversity to the board, and will complement the skill set of existing trustees.

Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate strengths in working within the arts (music, literary or visual) and have excellent communication skills.

All candidates will need to be willing to work at a strategic level as a non-executive.  Celf expects all trustees to support the organisation, staff and other board members.

To apply, please submit a CV and personal statement to, or telephone 01597 822777 for further information.

7 Feb

Creative Network newsletter – FEBRUARY 2017

We have made it through the dark days of January and looking ahead to a busy February! This month’s newsletter features opportunities for crafts practitioners to exhibit and develop their work and highlights special events at the Arts Alive Wales studio for Creative Network members.


Please email the Creative Network Co-ordinator Rhoda Lane at to promote your news and activities


1197.113022.newsletterSignupImg.engGRANTS ADVICE SESSION – Oriel Davies

Arts Council Wales Officers will be at Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown on Friday 10th February for a Grants Advice Session.


If you would like to have guidance on how to obtain Arts Council funding to develop your practice or improve your project proposals, you can make an appointment by emailing, or by calling 0845 8734 900. The first appointment is usually about 10am, and the last one about 2pm.

Consult the Arts Council of Wales webpages for further advice regarding grant eligibility criteria.



images-1BRECON WOMEN’S FESTIVAL – Artisan Craft Market

Brecon Women’s Festival is a showcase of arts businesses run by women. If you design and hand craft your art, hold courses or perform, you are welcome to book a stand at the festival.



The festival runs from 2 – 11 March 2017. To exhibit at the one-day Artisan Crafts Market on 4 March you should submit your application by Saturday 11th February.

For more information, see the Facebook page for Brecon Women’s Festival and contact the organiser Emma Bevan at



imagesREBECCA LONCRAINE – A Celebration

On Sunday 12 February Arts Alive Wales are hosting a celebration event to mark the life and work of writer and teacher Rebecca Loncraine, who contributed so much to the work of Arts Alive Wales, the local community and its cultural life.


The event will take place at The Arts Alive Wales Studio from 6-8pm. It will include an introductory performance by Graham Hartill and Fiona Hamilton, as well as readings by writers who knew her. It will be a chance to for those who had the privilege of learning, and working with Rebecca to celebrate her life.

Refreshments will be provided and donations most welcome. RSVP if possible to




logo-2LONDON DESIGN FAIR – British Craft Pavilion

Craft practitioners are invited to submit their work for exhibition at the British Craft Pavilion for the London Design Fair on 21 – 24 September 2017.


The Fair was launched to great acclaim in 2016, and this year it will double in capacity to exhibit the work of 50 selected makers, curated by Hole and Corner. In all, the Fair will host 500 exhibitors from 28 countries.

“The British Craft Pavilion will present the very best of British craftsmanship across the full spectrum of craft disciplines and will be the home for craft during the London Design Festival.”

The deadline for submissions is Monday 13th February. Download an application pack and check the schedule of the selection process by visiting the website.



cave of forgotten dreamsFILM NIGHT – Cave of Forgotten Dreams

On Thursday 16th February at 7pm, Graeme Hobbs will be giving an introduction to Werner Herzog’s immersive film Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010).


Herzog’s extraordinary, immersive film takes the viewer deep into one of humankind’s earliest treasures, the Chauvet cave, a subterranean world filled with 30,000 year-old paintings.

This is a FREE event for Creative Network members. If you are attending, please email to confirm. Click here for more details.




imgresREQUEST – Studio Space

Creative Network member Elin Thomas is a crafts practitioner specialising in crochet and sewing.


Based in the Blaenavon hills, she is seeking a suitable artist studio or equivalent space within a 10-mile radius, and would welcome suggestions from other members.

The workspace would need to be dry with good lighting, however, all types of space will be considered. If you can recommend a studio, please get in touch with Elin via




Darlith-Lecture-2-885x480POETRY: Muddy Fox by Chris Kinsey

Poet Chris Kinsey, a former Writer in Residence at Oriel Davies Gallery, will be launching her latest poetry pamphlet called Muddy Fox (Rack Press) at Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown.


Chris will be joined by Nicholas Murray, poet, biographer, fiction writer and founder of Rack Press and poet and visual artist, Nicky Arscott.


The event is FREE and all are welcome to attend. See the Literature Wales webpage

Saturday 25th February, 2pm – Oriel Davies Gallery



rebecca spooner & justine wheatleyREVIEW SESSIONS – with Rebecca Spooner

Creative Network members and students are invited to a one-to-one review session with our Creative Director, Rebecca Spooner.


If you would like constructive feedback, advice on arts funding or how to promote your work, book your slot today.


£15 / £10 for Creative Network members and students

Tuesday 28th February

Arts Alive Wales studio, Crickhowell 

Only 6 places are available. 45 minute time slots.



imgresCONFERENCE – Digital Innovation in the Arts

If you are interested in the role played by digital media in the arts, there is an opportunity to find out more about the recent projects funded through the Arts Council of Wales and Nesta programme Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales.



On Tuesday 14th March, a full day conference will be held at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff where Arts Alive Wales will discuss the results of the Peak’s R&D projects, involving the live streaming of performances and events from the Black Mountains:

Noctule  (August 2016) – an underground performance

Limelight  (October 2016) – illuminating the industrial landscape of lime

Y Gors Ddu  (March 2017) – paint it black

The companies Hijinx, Artis Community, Bombastic and g39 will also present the findings from their respective projects.

You can register for a FREE place at this event by contacting Ambra Cosentino at



allinaspin_small_spinningSPOTLIGHT ON: Dunja Roberts

Dunja Roberts is a Cwmdu-based farmer and maker specialising in textile crafts. Living and working on Pen Y Caeau Farm, Dunja spins, weaves, crochets and knits using yarn spun from the sheep on her farm.


“We raise predominantly native breed sheep – Clun Forest and Lincoln Longwools from the UK and Zwartbles from Holland. They provide the fine quality wool for my classes.” 

Dunja is passionate about the ancient technique of spinning and runs courses in order to keep the practice alive. Her next courses begin in March, and you can sign up for spinning, weaving and even dyeing. Two units from these courses are accredited, through Agored Cymru, one at Level 1 and one at Level 3.  This means that you can now gain a nationally recognised certificate in hand spinning, the first of its kind in the UK.

Write to Dunja on her webpage to book your place.


If you have a news item or Spotlight profile that you would like to feature in our March newsletter, write to Rhoda at by Monday 20th Feburary

– Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator



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