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Posted Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Title: Glass Fusing Workshop.
Date: May 18th.
Location: Ferryside Village Hall.
Time: 10am – 4pm.
Cost: Free.

Description:
A chance to learn glass fusing techniques, aimed at people over 50 with know experience of glass fusing. This will be part of Ferryside Feelgood Festival.More information on the Ferryside Village Forum website.

Tel: 01267 267 707.
Email: jamesanddianagreer@btinternet.com

Posted Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Next Thursday’s film (16th May) in the Open Cinema/Gwanwyn festival is Hope Springs (6pm) at the Cultural and Media Centre, Bute Street, Cardiff Bay. Next Thursday is also Open Cinema Cardiff’s first birthday, so there’s a good chance of there being cake on the night.

Posted Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

ARE YOU RETIRED?
New Channel 4 Series wants to hear from retired workers about their past jobs, careers & skills.

From Catering to Gardening, DIY to Hairdressing, it doesn’t matter what you did for a living.

If you’re retired and want to be a part of an exciting new project we want to hear from you!

If you’re interested and want more info please email theagency@plumpictures.co.uk or call 0207 184 7794

Please note that emailing or calling in doesn’t commit you to taking part in the series

Posted Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Title: Art demonstration and workshop
Date: 1st May 2013 & 11th May 2013
Location: Undy church and Community Hall
Time: 6pm & 10am
Cost: £3 demo &  £5 workshop

Description:
A demonstration of mixed media techniques with texture followed by a workshop on Saturday

Tel: 01633 880467 /  01633 882331

Email:
avrilhunt1@abstrayleaves1.plus.com

Posted Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Title: Family History Day
Date: 11th May
Location: Rhondda Heritage Park, nr Pontypridd
Time: 11am – 3pm
Cost: Free

Description:
Whether you are interested in local history, or researching your family tree – this is just the place to start.

Tel: 01443 682036
Email: info@rhonddaheritagepark.com

Posted Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Title: Drama Workshop and Play
Date: 5th May 2013
Location: Dinorben Arms Hotel Amlwch
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: Please email for ticket price

Description:

The drama group is called Loose cannons and will be staging a play about the First World war.

Tel: 01407 831862

Email: agewellamlwch@btconnect.com

Posted Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Clwyd Theatr Cymru offers a taste of the Celtic festival 2013 to the gwanwyn festival

This year’s Celtic Festival has an even bigger programme of new work from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall including theatre, film, dance, art and comedy.
In the Emlyn Williams Theatre, innovative young Scottish company ThickSkin bring their heart-stopping new show The Static fresh from rave reviews at the Edinburgh festival; Happenstance from Northern Ireland plunge us into the grime, black humour and romance of the Belfast shipyards in The Boat Factory and Clwyd Theatr Cymru present leading Welsh playwright Tim Price’s Olivier nominated Salt, Root and Roe, directed by Kate Wasserberg.
The Studio 2 programme includes the world premiere of new Welsh playwright Matthew Bulgo’s play Last Christmas, the enchanting children’s show The Firebird by Scottish company Purves Puppets, and Picnic Plays – a series of lunchtime readings of new work where you are invited to bring your sandwiches (or treat yourself to one of our picnic baskets), stretch on a blanket and enjoy hearing new plays read for the very first time by actors from our CTC company.

If you are over 50 yrs Clwyd Theatr Cymru are offering a taste of the Celtic Festival 2013 to participants of the Gwanwyn Festival which includes a ticket to:

A Play
A Film
A Picnic Play (including lunch)
of your choice from the Celtic Festival 2013 programme.

Please contact Nicola Ireland to book your tickets on 01352 701559 or nicola.ireland@clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

Posted Thursday, April 25th, 2013

ACGC COMMUNITY DANCE PROGRAMME
BACK FOR A NEW TERM!

‘NO LARGE COSTS, NO GRADES, NO COMPETITION,NO PRESSURE, JUST FUN,
ACCESSIBLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AGES & ABILITIES TO LEARN FROM
PROFESSIONAL DANCE ARTIST IN YOUR COMMUNITY’
See attachments for further information on Community Dance classes held in:
Fishguard
Milford Haven
Haverfordwest
Crymych
Narberth
Whitland
St Clears
Carmarthen
Llanelli
Ammanford
IMPORTANT CHANGES to Ammanford, Carmarthen & Narberth community dance classes please see attachments.

Angharad James
Dance Development Coordinator
Arts Care Gofal Celf
01267 245 645

Posted Monday, April 15th, 2013

REGGAE
ORCHESTRA
feat. GARY CROSBY
Sue Hart and Martin Caddick
(Baka Beyond)
with Long Sho (Tibetan singers)
Mass and Jams (Gambian drums)
The Station
Silver Lane
Bristol
Saturday 20 April
8pm (doors 7.30pm)
£12 /£10 adv

Posted Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The Rachel Carson Poetry, Essay, Photo, Song and Dance Contest
Sponsored by: U.S. EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange, National Center for Creative Aging, the Legacy Project and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc.
Rachel Carson was an American biologist who cared deeply about the natural world. In the Sense of Wonder Ms. Carson wrote “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
To honor this environmental pioneer, the U.S. EPA and its partners are sponsoring the 7th Annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational Contest.
Water that you feel for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes.” We want you to share this love of nature with a child or an elder.
When we teach our eyes and ears and senses to focus on the wonders of nature, we open ourselves to the wonders around us.
Submissions due Monday, June 10, 2013.

Find out more at: http://epa.gov/aging/resources/thesenseofwonder/index.htm

Posted Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Are you a community centre, village hall or similar community organisation based in Wales?

Would you like to put on performances by professional entertainers in your local area?

Would you like to stop the headache of financial risk?

Then welcome to the Night Out Scheme – Rural Touring / Community Touring

NIGHT OUT is an Arts Council of Wales scheme that helps local volunteer promoters put professional performances in village halls and other community venues across Wales.

The website www.nightout.org.uk/ has been designed to help community organisations to benefit from the scheme, as well as bring details of the performances to the general public.

Posted Monday, February 4th, 2013

I am passing on this email from Jamie Buttrick at Consilium Research.  I do hope you will consider taking part.

We have reached the next stage of our research for Skills for Care looking at the role of arts in the delivery of social care which will see the team looking to map projects/activities using the arts in the delivery of social care through an online survey.

We now have the research web page up and running at:

http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/participation/consultations/arts_in_the_delivery_of_social_care.aspx

Posted Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Everything you need to know about running your arts or crafts group

Need help with your amateur arts or crafts group? Running Your Group, the new online information service from Voluntary Arts, has the answers for you. This one-stop shop provides instant guidance on all aspects of running a voluntary arts or crafts group, whether it’s attracting new members, starting a committee or fundraising advice. The free account gives you access to over 150 briefings on topics like social media or organising events; enews packed with information about the sector; quick reference guides on a range of topics and a discussion forum to connect with your peers. The subscription levels include all this and step-by-step tutorials, live online events with access to key decision makers and a comprehensive pack to help groups plan for the future. For more information go to www.runningyourgroup.org

Posted Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Re-Live are delighted to announce details of their training courses for January 2013.

We would appreciate your help in forwarding this message on to friends and colleagues who may be interested in this area of training.

RE-LIVE TRAINING JANUARY 2013

Introduction to Life Story Work (Jan 17th-18th)

Life Story Work in End of Life Care (Jan 22nd-23rd)

Experiencing Dementia (Jan 25th)

For more information and details of how to book please visit:

http://www.re-live.org.uk/training.html

With best wishes

Karin

Karin Diamond

Re-Live

karin@re-live.org.uk

www.re-live.org.uk

Please note we understand this training is not yet available in Welsh

Posted Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Every year, Age Cymru is privileged to work with incredible volunteers and participants through a range of programmes from healthy ageing work to our arts festival. We want to celebrate the outstanding contributions that many people make to the lives of older people through Age Cymru.

The Age Cymru Awards will allow us to build on already established relationships and we also hope they’ll help us to gain the attention of influential organisations and individuals throughout Wales when we publish the inspirational stories of our winners.

We believe that it’s fitting to create the Age Cymru Awards because so many people deserve increased recognition for the work they have done with us. Of course ultimately, they are all winners but on this occasion we’ll recognise five individuals who have made a special contribution.

Why this year?

The Awards have been established this year, 2012, which is the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations. This theme fits with many Age Cymru programmes and activities.

The Awards

The five awards are based on Age Cymru programmes, Gwanwyn, My Home Life Cymru, Active Ageing, Campaigner of the year and Local Delivery.

Presentations

The Age Cymru Awards will be presented to the winners at a glittering gala dinner at the Cardiff Hilton, on Friday 8th February 2013.

Timetable

• nominations are now open
• closing date is Monday 3rd December 2012
• judging will be complete by 15th January 2013
• winners will be notified by 22nd January 2013.

You can find out more by visiting

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/get-involved/age-cymru-awards-2012/

Posted Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Wales’ popular Butetown Bay singing stars:
Patti Flynn. Humie Webbe & Jacky Webbe,
return to the Level 3 Lounge with another exciting
musical feast of Standards, Blues, Jazz and Gospel,
presented in unequivocal and pleasing style by these
talented and humorous performers in
an evening to remember.
7pm on Level 3
St David’s Hall
Bay Divas
Live on
Level 3
All tickets £13
from the box office
at St David’s Hall or
by phone on: 029 2087 8444
on line at: www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
Sunday 18th
November 2012
Presented by:
Design & Print by

Posted Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

A quick ‘heads-up’ top let you know that the information packs for Gwanwyn festival 2013 should be available for download from this website on 16th November 2013.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Posted Monday, September 17th, 2012

Age Cymru has been approached by the August 012 Theatre company, who are looking for older men to become involved in a theatre production in Cardiff.

August 012 is a theatre company that is currently preparing a research and development week for October 2012 to explore Caligula, the 1940 play by Albert Camus.

Camus version of the emperor infamous life is a philosophical tragicomedy partly factual, partly absurdist and overall very entertaining.

The Theatre Director, Mathilde Lopez is keen to involve local older people who have an interest in drama in this initiative, and  would ideally be looking for male senior citizens, as the Roman empire was a masculine organization. The company is actually setting the play today between Rome and the European parliament, so what really counts at that stage is people ‘s interest in performing and being part of an experiment for 2 to 3  afternoons in Cardiff in October. The workshop session are likely to be in Ely and at Chapter in Canton.

Ultimately, this is part of a bigger process for a full production either in April or September 2013.

If you would like to take up this opportunity, please could you contact Mathilde directly:

Mathilde Lopez

Theatre Director

August 012 Company

Tel: 07951575249

E:mathildelopez@gmail.com

Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012

The oil painting commisioned as part ofthe Gwanwyn 2011 Festival has now moved on to the next leg of its tour around the galleries of  Wales and is now on display until 7th September at Galeri, Caernarfon as part of a larger installation by Emrys Williams. This will be the last chance to see the painting in North Wales before it moves south to the Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells in October and on to Cardiff in Time for Christmas.

Posted Thursday, July 12th, 2012

We are keen  to work with people who have lost someone dear  to them at some point in their lives, and to understand something  new about the process of grieving;the human  experience  common to all,  and yet so difficult to discuss.

We would like to hear your stories, see pictures,and listen to music. Is there a particular object that you cherish which holds fond memories? Are there special times when the memory is more alive?

Members of the public are invited to attend special sessions with the author and director Angharad Lee,to remember,

to share and celebrate those who have been lost but who are still an integral part of their lives.

If you would like to be part of these sessions please contact Angharad Lee:

email: angharad@angharadlee.com tel: 07768 096 489

In partnership with Rhondda Cynon TaH Theatres, Canolfan Soar

and Gartholwg  Lifelong Learning Centre

Rydym yn awyddus i weithio gyda phobl sydd wedi

colli rhywun annwyl ar ryw adeg yn eu bywyd ac i ddeall rhywbeth newydd amy broses o alaru;proses sy’n gyHredin i’r holl ddylnolryw, ac eto mor anodd i’w drafod.

Hoffwn glywed eich straeon, gweld darluniau,a gwrando

ar gerddoriaeth. Oes yna wrthrych arbennig  wedi ei drysori gennych sy’n dod ag  atgofion  melys? Oes yna gyfnodau arbenning  pan fo’r atgof yn fwy byw?

Gwahoddir unigolion  i ddod i sesiynnau arbennig  gyda’r awdur a’r cyfarwyddwr, Angharad Lee,i gofio, i rannu ac i ddathlu’r  rheini a gollwyd sy’n dal i fod yn rhan anatod o’u bywydau.

Os hoffech fod yn rhan o’r sesiynnau yma cysylltwch ag Angharad Lee:

ebost: angharad@angharadlee.com ffon: 07768 096 489

Mewn  partneriaeth ll Theatrau Rhandda Cynan Tllf, Canolfan Soar

a Chanolfan Dysgu Gydol Oes Gartholwg.

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

St Davids Hall, Cardiff

Monday 11th June 7.25pm

The winner will represent Wales in
BBC CARDIFF SINGER OF THE WORLD 2013

RHIAN LOIS EVANS
(soprano)

FFLUR
WYN
(soprano)

SIONED GWEN DAVIES
(mezzo-soprano)

GARY
GRIFFITHS
(baritone)

Jury

Rebecca Evans · Della Jones · Donald Maxwell · John McMurray
Julian Smith
(Cadeirydd/Chairman)

Neuadd Dewi Sant, Caerdydd

Nos Lun 11 Mehefin, 7.25pm

RHIAN LOIS EVANS
(soprano)

FFLUR
WYN
(soprano)

SIONED GWEN DAVIES
(mezzo-soprano)

GARY
GRIFFITHS
(baritone)

Y Rheithgor

Rebecca Evans · Della Jones · Donald Maxwell · John McMurray
Julian Smith
(Cadeirydd/Chairman)

Enillydd y Gystadleuaeth i Gantorion Cymreig fydd yn cynrychioli Cymru yn
BBC CANWR Y BYD CAERDYDD 2013

Posted Monday, April 30th, 2012

The GHOP study at Cardiff Metropolitan University is promoting
local community gardening projects around South East Wales as
part of a research program to investigate the health benefits of
being a gardener in a community garden project.
…THEN SPRING INTO ACTION
& HARVEST YOUR HEALTH!
INTERESTED IN GARDENING?
ARE YOU AGED OVER 50?
IF SO, WOULD YOU LIKE TO:
• FIND A NEW PASTIME…?
• MEET NEW PEOPLE…?
• GET OUT OF THE HOUSE MORE…?
• IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH…?
• GET INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY…?
For more information send this information request slip to: Jemma Hawkins (GHOP) CSHS,
Cardiff Met University, Freepost licence CF1561, Cardiff CF5 2YB.

Posted Thursday, April 26th, 2012

TŶ NEWYDD & GWANWYN FESTIVAL NEW WRITING COMPETITION

ARE YOU OVER 50?
DO YOU LIVE IN WALES?
HAVE YOU WRITTEN A POEM OR SHORT STORY?

Win a residential creative writing course worth over £500 and get your work published in tŷnewydd’sgwanwyn festival online exhibition

APPLY by letter or email to
Tŷ Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd, LL52 OLW
oralys@tynewydd.org
Please include:
–    Either a poem (not more than 40 lines) or a short story (not over 3,000 words)
–    A sentence about why you’d like to come on a course at Tŷ Newydd
–    Your contact details: phone number, address and email (if possible)
NOTE THAT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW WRITERS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN PUBLISHED PREVIOUSLY

CLOSING DATE, May 15th

The work of the winner and the shortlisted writers will be published on the Tŷ Newydd website.
By entering you agree to have your work published on the website.

Questions? Email alys@llenyddiaethcymru.org or phone 01766 523 737
For further details of the Gwanwyn Festival visit www.gwanwyn.org.uk

CYSTADLEUAETH YSGRIFENNU NEWYDD
TŶ NEWYDD A GŴYL GWANWYN
Ydachchi’nbywyngNghymru?
Ydach chi wediygrifennustoriferneugerdd?
Dymasiawnsiennillcwrsysgrifennucreadigolpreswyl (gwerthdros £500) a chaelcyhoeddi’chgwaith

Gwnewchgaisdrwylythyrneu ê-bosti
Tŷ Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd, LL52 OLW neualys@llenyddiaethcymru.org

Gangynnwys:
–    Unai CERDD (syddddimhirachna 40 llinell) neu STORI FER (dim dros 3,000 gair)
–    BRAWDDEG AM BAM YR HOFFECH DDOD AR GWRS I DŶ NEWYDD
–    EICH MANYLION CYSWLLT: CYFEIRIAD, RHIF FFÔN, E-BOST (osynbosib)

Nodermaecyfleargyferawduron Newydd ywhwn, nidargyferawduronsyddeisioeswedieucyhoeddi

Byddgwaithyrenillwra’rrhestrferyncaeleucyhoeddiarwefanTŷ Newydd.
Drwywneudcaisrydychyncytunoigyhoeddi’chgwaitharwefanTŷ Newydd.

Am ragor o wybodaeth am WŷlGwanwynewch I www.gwanwyn.org.uk

Posted Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a new £1 million grants programme called “All Our Stories” to support local projects across the UK that want to explore their local heritage.

A wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations (including charities, community groups, and heritage organisations) throughout the UK can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000.

Funding will support activities which encourage exploring and learning about local heritage. Groups should be willing to share what they have learned with their community by doing things like holding a community event, performance, exhibition or producing a leaflet or designing a smart phone app or website, etc.

Activities that will be supported are:

  • Visits to places like historic buildings, landscapes, parks, burial grounds, museums, archaeological sites or industrial heritage sites like railways.
  • Using collections like archives, libraries and museums, including collections held by people in the community.
  • Talking to people who know about heritage or holding workshops, talks and sessions exploring people’s memories.
  • Recording things like people’s memories or local wildlife; scanning old photographs and documents; archaeological digs or surveying historic buildings.

Groups will be able to work with researchers from 21 universities and other educational organisations across the UK who will be available to support projects from the beginning of the application process as well as the research itself.

All Our Stories has been developed in support of the BBC’s The Great British Story – A People’s History, which is a new series to be broadcast on BBC Two. All Our Stories will also feature in five BBC Learning events at flagship heritage locations, which will be run in tandem with the TV series, to get people involved with their local heritage.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2012 with a notification of decisions in October 2012

Posted Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The large scale Oil on Canvas work (entitled ‘Gwanwyn’) which was commissioned as part of Gwanwyn 2011 and painted by Welsh Artist Emrys Williams will be continuing its tour of Welsh galleries during summer 2012 as follows:

until 14 April – Museum of Modern Art at Machynlleth

4th June until 22nd June – Oriel St Davids, Pembrokeshire

21st July until 7th September – Galeri, Caernarfon

Also on exhibit will be work by the other shortlisted artists Jan Gardner and Sarah Hope.

Posted Monday, March 5th, 2012

Do you have an original new idea for a theatre script?
Are you over 50 and living in Wales?
This is the opportunity to develop your play alongside one of Wales’ leading practitioners FOR FREE
16 budding playwrights from Wales (8 writing in English, 8 writing in Welsh) will have the chance to work alongside a professional tutor over a five month period to develop an original theatre script. An initial 2 day residential course at Tŷ Newydd will enable participants to develop their idea through workshops and individual tutorials. Over the following five months there will be the opportunity to receive further feedback and advice via email once a month. During a second 2 ½ day residential course, in November, there will be further development and strengthening of the scripts.

It is the intention to take up to 4 of the 16 scripts to be further developed and then performed by an amateur company during the Gwanwyn Festival in 2013. The Drama Association of Wales has agreed to publish these scripts (if they are satisfied by the quality of the work produced).
English language course May 21st – 23rd and November 5th – 7th
Welsh language course May 24th – 26th and November 8th – 10th


For further information, or to address any concerns or questions please email alys@tynewydd.org or phone

01766 523 737

Oes gennych chi syniad newydd a gwreiddiol ar gyfer sgript theatr?
Ydych chi dros 50 oed?
Dyma gyfle i ddatblygu’ch drama ochr yn ochr â dramodydd neu gyfarwyddwr blaenllaw o Gymru, a hynny AM DDIM.
Bydd 16 o ddramodwyr newydd o Gymru (8 yn Gymraeg, 8 yn Saesneg) yn cael gweithio ochr yn ochr â thiwtor proffesiynol dros gyfnod o bum mis er mwyn datblygu sgript theatr wreiddiol. Bydd y prosiect yn cychwyn gyda chwrs preswyl 2 ddydd yn Nhŷ Newydd, er mwyn galluogi’r dramodwyr i ddatblygu’i syniadau mewn gweithdai a thiwtorialau unigol. Dros y pum mis i ddilyn bydd cyfle i dderbyn cyngor ac adborth pellach trwy gyfrwng e-byst misol. Yn ystod yr ail gwrs preswyl 2 ddydd a ½ ym mis Tachwedd, bydd gweithdai a fydd wedi’u teilwra’n arbennig ar gyfer cryfhau’r sgriptiau. Ein bwriad yw dethol hyd at 4 o’r 16 sgript i’w datblygu ymhellach a’u gweld yn cael eu perfformio gan gwmni amatur fel rhan o Wŷl Gwanwyn 2013. Y mae Cymdeithas Ddrama Cymru wedi ymrwymo i gyhoeddi’r sgriptiau hyn (os yw ansawdd y gwaith yn bodloni).
Dyddiadau Cwrs Cymraeg
Mai 24ain – 26ain a Tachwedd 8fed – 10fed
Dyddiadau Cwrs Saesneg
Mai 21ain – 23ain a Tachwedd 5ed -7fed

Edrychir yn ffafriol ar waith sydd yn wreiddiol, yn feiddgar, ac yn herio ystrydebau poblogaidd, yn arbennig rhai am bobl hŷn. Am ragor o wybodaeth neu i drafod unrhyw bryderon neu gwestiynau pellach, e-bostiwch alys@tynewydd.org neu ffoniwch 01766 523737.

Posted Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

As part of Gwanwyn 2011, with help from the Arts Council of Wales Gwanwyn festival commissioned a new work by renowned Welsh artist Emrys Williams. The work (entitled ‘Gwanwyn’) will be on exhibit at Oriel Theatr Clwyd from 21 Jan to 3 March 2012 and we are sure it will generate a lot of interest on the Welsh Arts scene. You can see more about the creation of the work on Emrys’ blog (click on the ‘blogs’ tab of this website). The painting will be on exhibit at other locations throughout the year…watch this space for details.


Fel rhan o Gwanwyn 2011, gyda help Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, comisiynodd Gŵyl y Gwanwyn waith newydd gan yr artist adnabyddus o Gymru, Emrys Williams. Bydd y gwaith (o’r enw ‘Gwanwyn’) yn cael ei arddangos yn Oriel Theatr Clwyd o 21 Ionawr tan 3 Mawrth 2012, ac rydym yn siwr y bydd yn ysgogi llawer o ddiddordeb yn y Celfyddydau yng Nghymru. Gallwch weld mwy ynglŷn â chreu’r gwaith ar flog Emrys (cliciwch ar y tab ‘blogs‘ ar y wefan hon). Bydd y paentiad yn cael ei arddangos mewn lleoliadau eraill trwy gydol y flwyddyn… cadwch lygad am fwy o fanylion.

Posted Friday, December 9th, 2011

The Riverfront does Strictly!

Rubicon Dance are running a 6 week social dancing course at the Riverfront Theatre, led by Darren Jones from Saturn Dance.

Sessions are held at the Riverfront Theatre, Bristol Packet Wharf, Newport, NP20 1 HG .

Starting on the 7th January we have:-

Ballroom (Saturdays from 4-5pm): learning dances such as the waltz, tango, quickstep and foxtrot

Latin ( Saturdays from 5-6pm): learning dances such as the cha cha, rumba and jive.

Classes cost £3.50 per class, £20 for a block booking in either Ballroom or Latin or £35 for a block booking for both!

Call 01633 656679 to reserve you place and avoid disappointment.

Posted Friday, November 11th, 2011

These are images of the studio showing the first sessions working on the large painting.Over the coming weeks I will photograph the work as it develops in the studio.

On beginning I had all the studies I had made around in the studio and also made some quick ink drawings before starting. Although the studies inform what I am doing I have to react naturally to the scale of the canvas, improvising across the surface.

blank canvas

first mark

first state

drawing exploring flower forms

detail

detail

Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2011

We are contacting everyone who has ever participated in the festival to ask them to participate again – by completing a simple survey, which will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. (more…)

Posted Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

People Around Here would love to hear from you if you are interested in this project.
Please come along to find out more about how you can be involved:
Wednesday, 2nd November 2011 at 2pm in Room B, City Hall
RSVP to Becky Matyus: 07989 713696 or becky@peoplearoundhere.com

What’s it all about?

Mentoring young people in after-school art clubs over 3 years. Creative activities provide a safe and positive environment for mentoring, and a platform for young and old to develop confidence and skills. We will train and support older volunteers to be mentors for vulnerable 10-13 year olds.

How can you get involved?

  • Could you take part in a pilot intergenerational art workshop at Tredegarville Primary School on Nov 15th and 23rd from 1-3pm?
  • Could you be part of a small team helping us to plan this project?
  • Could you be a mentor to a young person for 3 years?
Posted Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Those of you who are interested in pushing the boundaries of what older people are able to learn and achieve will be interested in a new blog to be found at

http://olderandbolderblog.wordpress.com/

Give it a try and see what you think.

Posted Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Visit www.ashoeboxofsnow.wordpress.com to find out more about a new interactive BBC Radio 4 play starring Richard Briers.

They want you to record your stories of the odd and unusual objects that hold special memories for you. It’s a really clever idea. I’m sure they would like to hear from you.

Posted Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

It was announced live on the Roy Noble programme on BBC Radio Wales on Thursday  7th July that the commission for a major work of art to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Gwanwyn Festival (supported by the Arts Council of Wales) has been awarded to Emrys Williams. The decision was a tough one with stiff competition from the other shortlisted artists; Sarah Hope from Newport, Pembs and Jan Gardner from Deganwy in North Wales. Emrys will begin work immediately and you will soon be able to follow a regular blog by the artist which will give us an insight into the work involved in such a major commission. Visit www.gwanwyn.org.uk again soon to watch this major work take shape.