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Small World Theatre

Small World Theatre is an artist-led company with many decades of commitment to Arts and Sustainability Small World Theatre has 4 main streams of activity: We create performances: Producing and performing our own original shows and events: creating theatre performances that can tour small and mid scale venues. Street shows and site-specific spectaculars often using myth and legend as well as intimate, environmentally sensitive experiences. Running our own venue: We present a range of arts and performance events, mentoring emerging artists/performers, hosting conferences, community events, classes and workshops. The building is an accessible, welcoming space that provides a model of sustainability for other organisations striving towards a zero carbon future. Implementing projects and facilitating workshops: these are developed and delivered in house, in the community by us and for other agencies. Designing and delivering international projects in arts and theatre for development. We facilitate workshops, design and deliver our own accredited training programmes and also for other organisations. These programmes build skills and confidence with people of different ages and abilities. We are pioneers in developing and using methodologies now increasingly called SEED SCALE We work creatively in education: We work with primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, teacher training institutions and universities offering programmes of training and workshops for teachers and students. We create educational touring theatre in Welsh and English that are accompanied by dedicated workshops, curriculum mapping and teaching resources. We are an experienced AGORED Accreditation Centre working with creative education to help people of all ages and abilities gain meaningful, life changing qualifications.

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Theatr Clwyd

Clwyd Theatr Cymru Theatre for Young People (CTCTYP) is a theatre company dedicated to young people housed within a theatre complex called Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold, Flintshire. Clwyd Theatr Cymru (CTC) is the largest producing arts centre in Wales. Both organisations receive separate revenue funding from the Arts Council of Wales. Brief History - since 1997, when Terry Hands took over artistic leadership of Clwyd Theatr Cymru, and Tim Baker joined as Associate Director and as Artistic Director of the Theatre for Young People, we have created a huge repertoire of original, exciting theatre projects for young people of all ages, some taking place in the theatre, others taking place in schools, and we have developed techniques of “being involved” and theatre styles which suit particular age ranges and are challenging, inclusive and thought-provoking. Our Mission - is to stimulate the imaginations of young people and their communities from every background, fostering creativity, discovery and a hunger for the arts. We believe that the arts, and theatre in particular, are vital to the development of children and young adults and their future role as questioning, socially active citizens in an increasingly complex and divided world. At the heart of everything we do are the core values of enlightenment, excellence and innovation. “First class in every sense… flying the flag for young people’s theatre in Wales” Arts Council of Wales National Adviser Report, June 2009

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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery reopened in October 2016, following its major redevelopment generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, CADW, HLF and Swansea Council. The project has transformed the Gallery’s original 1911 Grade II* listed building while conserving and celebrating its original character, providing a welcoming, new and refreshed 21st century visitor experience. Following the redevelopment, with additional resources, the Glynn Vivian is aiming to become a centre of excellence for the visual arts a world class gallery for Wales. The Gallery is a vibrant and inspiring free art space for everyone and provides spaces for historical, modern and contemporary art exhibitions, talks, lectures and conferences, live music, performance events and a comfortable and bright café and craft shop area in the heart of Swansea’s bustling artistic quarter.

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Arts Connection

Charitable community arts organisation working in all art forms across north powys and wrexham since 1994.

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Theatr Mwldan

Mwldan is a vibrant presenting and producing arts centre situated in Cardigan, in the heart of the beautiful West Wales countryside. Fully digitised and 3D and satellite equipped, the venue recently opened its third cineam screen making Mwldan Wales only truly independant multiplex. The venue welcomes 350,000 visitors through its doors every year, with up to 95,000 ticketed admissions per annum. With a dedication to innovation, vision and excellence, Mwldan has been described by The Arts Council of Wales as ‘exemplary’ and a ‘model of best practice and excellence’ for its touring and production work. Mwldan was recently given a Beacon Company Award for 2008 and 2009 from The Arts Council of Wales, one of only 22 arts organisations in Wales to receive this special recognition. It is also one of the Arts Councils eight dedicated Regional Performaing Arts Centres. Mwldan has an important role in contributing to the local economic, social and cultural regeneration of Cardigan and the surrounding area. Mwldan is a not-for-profit organisation that combines economic activity with a social and ethical purpose. At Mwldan’s heart is the belief that the arts can deliver life-changing and life-enhancing experiences that have the power to change perceptions and increase tolerance, breaking down cultural divides and allowing greater understanding – as relevant for the community we live in as it is for the planet we live on. This vision is at the core of Mwldan and all its activities.

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Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a 'national flagship for the arts'. It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, both producing and presenting, across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts and is recognised as a national centre for arts development. We welcome over 750,000 visitors a year, including over 100,000 attendances for performing arts and events featuring local, national and international work, 236,000 for exhibitions and over 100,000 for our unique community arts and education programme. In 2000 the Arts Centre completed a major £4.3 million redevelopment. In 2009 it undertook an additional £1.75 million development which added an artists and creative industries studios complex, and acts as the base for a major artists in residence programme. This gives Aberystwyth Arts Centre a range of facilities unrivalled throughout much of the UK. The Arts Centre is a department of Aberystwyth University, and sits at the heart of the university's campus, with stunning views over the town of Aberystwyth and along the coastline of Cardigan Bay.

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Pontardawe Arts Centre

Pontardawe Arts Centre is owned an managed by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. A refurbished Music Hall the auditorium hosts a broad programme of drama, dance, music and entertainment events alongside a film progrmmae both mainstream and specialist. The facilities are complimented by a gallery and teaching studio.

Head for Arts

Head4Arts is a community arts organisation that works across the Eastern Heads of the Valleys areas, covering the county boroughs of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen. Established in April 2008, Head4Arts has an administrative base in Llanhilleth Miners Institute but programmes arts activity in various venues across the entire patch. Head4Arts is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government through the Arts Council of Wales and is supported by a partnership of the four local authorities involved.

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Wales Millennium Centre

Wales Millennium Centre opened in 2004 and has already established its reputation as one of the World`s iconic arts and cultural destinations. The vision of the Centre is to be an internationally significant cultural landmark and centre for the performing arts, renowned for inspiration, excellence and leadership. The Centre is one of the most unique and lively performing arts centres in Europe, opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004. Look beyond the amazing exterior, as featured in Torchwood and Dr Who, and you will come across a bustling atmosphere that makes our visitors want to return time and time again. We’re so much more than a theatre. Our visitors come to enjoy blockbuster West End musicals, opera ballet and contemporary dance, hip hop and stand up comedy, art exhibitions, workshops, training days, free daily foyer performances, guided tours, bars and restaurants..... there really is something for everyone.

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Chapter

A distinct and different meeting place for independent film, performance, art & ideas where you can have fun, take risks and open your eyes to new perspectives. Chapter is one of Europe's largest and most dynamic arts centres with cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces, studios, cafe, shop, award-winning bar, over 60 cultural workspaces and more. If you want to be amazed by a performance, watch life-affirming films that lift your spirits and warm your soul, see an exhibition that's thought-provoking, playful and provocative or just linger over coffee in the cafe join us at Chapter - we'll make sure you feel welcome.

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Venue Cymru

Venue Cymru is the largest Arts and Conference centre in North Wales. As a receiving house we are able to accommodate large scale touring musicals from the West End, top class Opera from the Welsh National Opera and many other genres including pantomime, contemporary dance ballet and outreach and educational activities. Venue Cymru can also offer catering with the beautifully positioned Y Review Restaurant which overlooks the bay of Llandudno.

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Wyeside Arts Centre

The Wyeside Arts Centre is a presenting venue for live and visual arts, and for cinema. From Jack Dee to the UK Ballet, from Music and Drama to the very latest in film, Wyeside's commitment is to offer a programme of arts and culture accessable to all. With a long history of providing entertainment to the local community, including one of the oldest cinemas in Wales, there is something to suit all tastes at Wyeside.

Canolfan Gelfyddydau Glannau Gwy | Wyeside Arts Centre

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company

RCAC as an organisation The Romani Cultural Arts Co. is the leading Romani and Traveller community-based organisation in Wales, traditionally using the arts and culture as a vehicle for advocacy and empowerment, amongst the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. RCAC is also supporting individuals to become “Community Champions”, as actors and agents of change in their own communities, making a difference for themselves and the wider society. RCAC is managed by a Board (voluntary management committee) made up of representatives from the GRT communities, meaning that community members have a role as decision-makers and are part of the process of shaping the advocacy and rights agenda that RCAC promotes. The Company believes it is essential that the GRT communities be at the forefront of social progress and positive developments in social inclusion, in the struggle or the recognition of GRT rights and promoting inter-cultural understanding. Within Wales and increasingly across the UK, our advice and expertise is sought by local governments, policy-makers, decision-takers and local or national institutions. We are asked to evaluate the effectiveness of their policies and strategies or to support them in consultation to ensure the voice of the GRT communities they serve, is heard. We lead on advocacy for these vulnerable communities, influencing the policy and strategy agendas in the context of a devolved Welsh Government and increasingly internationally across the UK. Recently we have been able to: Influence the Welsh Government through a robust consultation process in relation to the drafting and implementation of a new Scrap Metal Act (UK) and Horses Act (Wales) that is likely to have a profound effect upon the GRT community; Support an EU project, led by Dr Andrew Ryder (Corvinus University, Budapest), to survey Welsh Gypsy, Roma and Traveller views on the current Welsh National Roma Integration Strategy, 2014-2020, for the EU; We have used funding to train individual GRT community members as key advocates who can influence developments affecting GRT communities in Wales – our “Community Champions” programme. These people have taken the lead in a variety of initiatives and advocacy activities at local and national levels; RCAC has managed funds from a local donor to research the NEETS (Not In Education, Employment or Training) phenomenon in relation to the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Wales. We have commissioned a trained researcher to work alongside our Community Champions to examine the questions of early leaving (‘drop out’) from school and the significant differences in educational attainment, between the majority community and Gypsy, Roma, Traveller children and young adults. Our organisation was founded in September 2009, initially using small grants to develop work with GRT children aged 3-16, in the area of South East Wales, where we began working on Gypsy and Traveller caravan sites and with housed Roma families. We have gradually built up our position as a leader in “best practise” with our community-centred approach to arts and advocacy workshops for GRT children and young people. Recent support of RCAC as an organisation A recent report for the Arts Council Of Wales entitled Beyond the Stereotypes: A review of Gypsies/Roma/Travellers and the Arts in Wales acknowledged the impact of the work of the Romani Cultural & Arts Company and made a clear recommendation that organisations working for and within the Gypsy, Roma & Traveller communities should: ‘Team up with the Romani Cultural & Arts Company in addition to providing project funding.’ The report’s author stated that she: ‘has uncovered nothing but praise for Isaac Blake – his work is universally acknowledged by academics, Gypsies, Travellers, politicians, public bodies and international organisations. This is a unique Welsh-based company that should be supported in every possible way.’ Yvonne Cheal August 2012 ‘Arts Council Of Wales has welcomed the report and is now considering the findings and recommendations.

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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers involvement in digital storytelling started with BBC Capture Wales and went on to successfully run a range of projects and training for 5 years under the aegis of Caerphilly County Borough Council. To fully reach its potential, it needed to stand as an independent, sustainable social enterprise. Breaking Barriers Community Arts was formed in late 2007 by like-minded people who have experienced the digital storytelling methodology in action and can see its great potential as a community arts tool for individual development and community regeneration. It became incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 25 March 2008 and has continued to run a range of projects since that time.

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Beyond the Border

Beyond The Border Wales International Storytelling Festival aims to promote excellence in and understanding of the art of performance storytelling, and to celebrate the richness of the world’s oral traditions. From the outset the festival has sought to raise the status and increase understanding of storytelling as an artform suitable for all ages; to showcase performances by leading practitioners from Wales and the World involved in exploring the retelling of traditional stories for a contemporary audience; and to help develop and provide a platform for an emerging new generation of performance storytellers. At the heart of this work has been the three-day Beyond The Border festival, already regarded as one of the leading international festivals of storytelling in the UK and among the finest festivals of its kind in Europe. In addition, BTB actively promotes storytelling on a year-round basis at venues in Cardiff and across Wales.

Arts & Business Cymru

A&B Cymru’s role is to promote, enable and develop mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts. From offices in Cardiff and Llandudno, the Wales team works with a range of arts professionals, from individual practitioners to flagship organisations, and the private sector from micro businesses through to multi national corporations. A&B Cymru’s work has proven value in the current economic climate of Wales. The impact it has can be felt on children, people in the workplace, communities large and small. A&B Cymru knows that when business and the arts work together in truly mutual partnership, both become stronger with the results benefiting our society in far reaching and tangible ways.

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Vagabondi Puppets

We are a professional puppet theatre providing entertainment, education and inspiration across the known universe (but mostly in Wales and England.)

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Visiting Arts

We work internationally connecting artists to artists, organisations to organisations and networking across the globe. We provide advice, information and training on working internationally as well as creating projects linking artists.

Oriel Wrecsam

Oriel Wrecsam is our premier visual and applied art venue. It is our intention to develop our programme over the next 5 years to broaden our visitor and community's experience of the arts in Wrexham. The focus for programming at Oriel Wrecsam will be on Drawing, Print and Graphic-based work in the widest possible sense. We are keen to work with artists on projects that relate to us in some way. We provide a platform for contemporary visual art but we want to extend our offer to become a creative hub including performance, music, and other events. We’d love artists to experiment with us and to engage with individuals and communities in innovative, exciting and sometimes challenging ways. It is our aim to become a focus for a vibrant and stimulating cultural scene in the region. We present up to 18 exhibitions per year showing Welsh and international contemporary art. We also work closely with emerging artists and are committed to supporting the development of new work. Entry to our exhibitions is free.

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Bocs

Bocs is a young artists’ co-operative who will spearhead ground-breaking fine art exhibitions, performance events and provide a hub for the growth of excellence in the arts. Bocs’ mission is to: Establish a focal point for excellence in young contemporary art. Provide a space to exhibit, perform and work. Provide a space to exchange ideas and share skills. Engage with the local community

Maria Hayes

I am a freelance artist who has benefited from Arts Council of Wales funding for various projects over the years.

Transition Narberth

Transition Narberth is part of the International Transition Network, a community based association helping to prepare local communities to move from a high carbon economy to a more sustainable, low carbon society. We aim to inspire, support and encourage local people to promote a compelling and engaging vision of a more resilient, self reliant future. We aim to raise awareness of the issues associated with climate change and peak oil helping the local community to answer the following question: "For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of peak oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of climate change)?

Arts Alive Wales

Arts Alive Wales is an arts organisation based in Crickhowell, South Powys, established as an educational charity since 1992. Our mission is to enrich the lives of people in our local rural and post-industrial communities through active and meaningful participation in compelling and high quality contemporary arts and culture. We work with professional artists to provide opportunity and experience across Mid and South East Wales in activities that engage, inspire and enhance quality of life. Our work and vision is inspired by and responds to the unique cultural, social, historical and environmental context of the Black Mountains and Welsh Borders. We provide opportunities to participate through: • Platforms for the production, presentation and sharing of high quality contemporary arts • An ambitious and accessible programme at our public venue and in the community, targeted at children and adults who are most vulnerable • Professional development for artists • Undertaking commissions for projects and public art

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REDHOUSE

REDHOUSE is a new creative industries centre located in the Old Town Hall in the heart of Merthyr Tydfil. The building houses a theatre, multi media atriumed courtyard, dance and recording studios, music practice rooms and dedicated art gallery, as well as café/bar, conference facilities and heritage interpretation components.

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Theatr Brycheiniog

Situated at the end of the picturesque Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in the pretty market town of Brecon on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, Theatr Brycheiniog offers a popular and acclaimed programme of performing arts and entertainment throughout the year. Other facilities on the theatre site include a a year-round programme of visual arts by artists from the region in the Andrew Lamont Gallery and a nationally acclaimed bistro Tipple'n'Tiffin. Theatr Brycheiniog is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Powys County Council and Brecon Town Council. Theatr Brycheiniog has recently become the first solar-powered theatre in Wales, generating a small proportion of its energy requirements through the recently installed photo-voltaic cells on its roof. The theatre is committed to finding ways of reducing its carbon footprint further. Theatr Brycheiniog opened in 1997.

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Christine Cooper

Christine is a performer, storyteller and musician. She explores the connections and ecologies all around us, piecing together dusty old fragments of stories with tales of the here-and-now to make jigsaw-worlds of touching beauty. Inspired place and community, Christine’s work seeks to re-enchant and reconnect us to the world in which we live.

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Deborah Ann Withey

I am a Welsh-American artist whose early career was in visual communications: in journalism, print, digital design, and illustration, working as an illustrator, designer, art director and finally as design director for a group of 36 publications. I continue to freelance internationally as a designer and illustrator. In 2009, I decided (not due to redundancy) that I wanted to move away from work in publishing to find new successes in teaching, making and most honestly, to live a more varied creative life, for this I emigrated to Wales. In Pembrokeshire, I teach creative awareness and OCN art courses for adult learners, NEET, children of all ages and lead workshops county-wide. From my own studio, cheese and pickles, I lead intensive workshops which help to prepare individuals in their own careers in design an illustration. For my own creative expression, I work as a painter, printmaker and collage relief artist, drawing inspiration from my surroundings, medieval and Celtic art, Welsh language, history, and beliefs. I have been a lead artist for Cauldrons and Furnaces 2012, held an artist-in-residency, and show in public and private galleries. My work is held in private collections around the world.

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Gwanwyn

Gwanwyn is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age. The festival is led by Age Cymru and funded by the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government

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Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival

Beyond the Border exists to promote and develop the oral tradition of storytelling across Wales and beyond. We run a biennual festival at St Donat's Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan and various audience development and outreach projects around Wales.

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THIS Project

THIS Project is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise. Working in collaboration with a range of partners, THIS Project aims to: • Promote the grass-roots arts community • Create opportunities to support emerging artists and community arts organisations • Conceive original arts activity to engage with emerging artists, arts organisations, businesses, governmental and educational institutions and the general public, with a focus on increasing participation in, and access to, the arts The organisation works primarily from its base in Wrexham, working with practitioners and stakeholders in the town, and surrounding counties of North Wales, and will seek to build partnerships throughout Wales, the UK and internationally to encourage the development of artists emerging from, and working within, Wales.

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Datrys

• Creative Production • Project Management • Strategic Consultancy • Evaluation

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Celfyddydau Sir Ddinbych

Denbighshire Arts Service aims to stimulate and encourage individual and community awareness, involvement and participation in the arts. We run a programme of exhibitions, workshops, performances, classes and residencies particularly in the field of visual arts but also small scale theatre, dance and literature to include events of international, national and local importance. We also provide a programme of community art exhibitions and events at all libraries and similar County Council venues with appropriate accommodation. The Service also provides advice for artistic practitioners and community groups and undertakes consultancy and contract work for other Authorities and organisations concerned with cultural activity.

Gwynedd Community Arts Unit

Gwynedd Council offers a programme of creative activities for people of all ages, backgrounds and ability. Here is some information about some of our projects: Criw Celf: Criw Celf is an art and craft scheme for children and young people. We deliver workshops and master classes led by professional artists. Further details are available at www.criwcelf.co.uk Oriel Ysbyty Gwynedd: A variety or artworks are exhibited at Oriel Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor in order to improve patient and visitor experience. The gallery also offers local artists a venue to exhibit and sell their work. Art Therapy: Gwynedd Council works in partnership with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to deliver a community art therapy group for people with mental health issues. Art therapy offers opportunities for participants to express themselves via art-making in a safe and facilitating environment. Arteffact: Arteffact is an initiative which offers creative experiences in museums, galleries and archives for people with mild to moderate depression, stress and anxiety. Participants attend a series of creative sessions led by community artists in order to build confidence and to learn new skills with people with shared experiences. Night Out: This scheme supports communities in the staging of professional productions in Gwynedd. Full details available online at www.nightout.org.uk Helfa Gelf: A annual open studios event where the public are able to meet artists at their place of work www.helfagelf.co.uk Creative Gwynedd: This is voluntary group supported and facilitated by Gwynedd Council to promote the arts in Gwynedd www.creativegwynedd.com

Blackwood Miners' Institute

Blackwood Miners’ Institute (The ‘Stute) is a vibrant and professional theatre, and one of the busiest in the South Wales Valleys; it is also the only professional theatre in Caerphilly County Borough. Originally the building opened as a snooker hall that was owned by the Coal Industry and the Social Welfare Organisation. The first stones were laid in 1925 and it was paid for out of the Oakdale Miners’ wages at 3d a week. Original events staged in the building included tea dances, snooker/billiards, reading groups, rehearsals and union meetings for local miners. After falling into disrepair in the 1970’s-1980’s and following many of the local pit closures, the building was conveyed as a charitable trust in 1990 to Islwyn Council. It was refurbished and reopened in February 1992 as a community arts and entertainment venue thanks to funding from Islwyn Borough Council and the Welsh Office. The history alone gives the building a place at the heart of the community. In 2011/2012 a total revamp of the Blackwood Miners’ Institute commenced, with Caerphilly County Borough Council's Cabinet approving a three year programme of repairs to give the theatre a new bill of health. Today, The ‘Stute offers a wide range of events, including drama, dance, live music, opera, children’s literature and comedy, as well as providing a wide range of opportunities for people from all sectors of the community to take part in creative activities. Blackwood Miners’ Institute is part of Caerphilly County Borough Council and has recently been awarded Arts Portfolio status by Arts Council Wales.

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Disability Arts Cymru

DAC create more opportunities for Disabled and Deaf People to develop their skills in the arts. We work in partnership with other organisations on arts related projects. we advise on issues relating to disability and the arts. we give arts-specifice disability equality training a consultancy service around policy development.

Pea Restall

Making, drawing and painting are part of me. I cannot separate my work from life, or my life from the work. When I am intrigued, influenced or dominated by an idea, it splashes into the work through painted imagery, repeated pattern, or symbols as I can become totally immersed in the materials. Each sculpture is created through maquettes, drawings.and then developed through hand building forms, and using found and created moulds using my own combinations of clays and often paperclay, and fired to 1100- 1200, and decorated with oxides/majolica glaze. I also often incorporate found and altered mixed media into pieces/structures/installations. My current subject matter is experimentation with altering the human form, considering- what makes us appear human, and which features of the body are important to express gesture/emotion/attitude? I am also interested in challenging the perception of any ceramics as ‘everyday objects’, which often dismisses the 1,000s of years of tradition in developing techniques, forms and surfaces, and disregards the need for current makers in clay to develop these skills to produce fired ceramic work. I exhibit work in galleries throughout the UK, I exhibited at The Santorini Biennale (Greece) 2012 (with assistance from the Arts Council of Wales) and was awarded the joint 1st prize at The Royal Cambrian Academy Open (Conwy) January 2014 for an installation piece Mother Mary Chess set.

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Presteigne Festival

I work as freelance Festival Producer for Presteigne Festival, which takes place in its Welsh Marches home every August. The Festival programming concentration is on contemporary classical music, alongside more general repertoire, with illuminating artist and composer talks and events, as well as literature and visual arts content.

Life Venture Arts

Life Venture Arts is a theatre, film and television company that offers workshops and consultancy through the Arts to the public and private sectors. Our professional and practical strategies are designed to inspire individuals from experienced, inexperienced and disadvantaged backgrounds to develop their unique abilities. We provide a diverse range of arts workshops and programmes tailor made to our clients needs. Our filmmaking and theatre departments allow us to cater to a wider audience and break new frontiers. We endeavour to improve ways of engaging people through the Arts with new and innovative material, programmes and resources. Our aim is to provide an outlet for individuals who have not been afforded creative opportunities, facilitating them with the platform to develop and express their individuality through different mediums. At Life Venture Arts we recognise the importance of the Arts in transforming lives for the better, and are working towards a future where the Arts are made accessible to everyone.

the escape artists

We are a North Wales based community arts organisation bringing arts - including writing, visual arts and photography - closer to people who are furthest away from them through social, economic or health reasons. Members of The Altered Images project at Ty Newydd Approved Premises, Bangor, for men newly released from prison, recently won five Koestler Awards. The project started in January 2014. In November 2015, with ACW funding, Altered Images extended to Plas yn Wern Approved Premises, near Wrexham. In 2014 we ran The Word:Conwy:Y Gair, a celebration of words in all forms from poetry to rap, comic strips to braille, sign language, graffiti art, fiction, comic strips, songs...planned again for 2016. TEA also organise weekly poetry and arts activities for older people in lunch centres and hospital in North Wales

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Carnegie House Arts & Culture Hub

Bridgend Town Council relocated to the old library building on Wyndham Street in January 2014. The past year has been spent making improvements to the building and we are now ready to open our doors to the public! Our aim at Carnegie House is to provide a high standard of arts and cultural events and activities throughout the year. This will include a programme of professional events as well as community and educational activities that offer local people an opportunity to participate.

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The Space

The Space’s mission is to develop and commission great art digitally. It supports artists and organisations to make the most of the opportunity that technology affords by increasing the reach of existing activity in innovative ways, by opening up art to new audiences and by exploring the potential to create new artistic experiences using digital technology.

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Dymphna D'Arcy

I am interested in the natural world and our role and relationship within it. I welcome the cross fertilsation of ideas which I explore through dance, performance, video, photography and digital media and embrace the unexpected consequential effects of time on place and and the influence of landscape/ environment on our identity. Through my practice I explore the unconscious shards of history that effects and influence the way we respond and relate to our environment. I am inspired by the transformative enigmatic quality of time. I like being on the brink between two zones, the in between space, suspended moments when the present becomes the past, a point of departure moving towards the future enabling me to refer back to history and understand the present before heading into the unknown. I explore the notion of place and non-place, transitional spaces, temporary space, transportable space and the permanent space. All this and more helps me make sense of the world.

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Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival

Beyond the Border is a charity which exists to create, encourage and promote traditional storytelling for contemporary audiences. Our vision is to 'bring the world to Wales, and take Wales to the world'. Our biennual international festival of storytelling is the cornerstone of our work, and in addition we run events and projects year-round to build audiences for storytelling and to communicate its power to entertain, transform and inform people’s lives.

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Made in Roath

madeinroath is for anyone and everyone who’s interested in art, culture, community or just having fun, and we have people from all across the UK (and beyond) who travel to Roath to take part. Our annual festival takes place in October, when we host a week-long extravaganza of events and activities across all creative disciplines, showing the very best of local talent alongside some excellent national and international artists. We believe art and culture can enrich the lives of everyone, and so that’s why a lot of what we do takes art out of the traditional museum or gallery spaces and into the community.

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Literature Wales

Literature Wales is the national company for the development of literature in Wales. It believes that literature belongs to everybody and can be found everywhere. Literature Wales is responsible for leading the sector and actively collaborates with organisations and individuals who contribute to the promotion, creation and enjoyment of literature in Wales. The company’s various projects and activities includes Wales Book of the Year, National Poet of Wales, Bardd Plant Cymru and Young People’s Laureate Wales, Literary Tourism activities, Writers on Tour funding scheme, creative writing courses at Tŷ Newydd, and Young People’s Writing Squads. Fieldworkers work specifically to develop literature activity in the south Wales Valleys and in north Wales. The services offered by Literature Wales for writers include mentoring, writers’ bursaries, and information and advice. For more information visit www.literaturewales.org.

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Regional Arts and Education Network The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, in partnership with ERW and the six local authorities, has been awarded an Arts Council for Wales grant to provide a single, consistent and integrated Education and Art Consortia Network serving the south west and mid Wales region. Aligned with the All-Wales Arts & Education Offer the network focuses on increasing and improving opportunities for teachers and learners in schools to work with artists and arts/cultural/heritage organisations; increasing opportunities for young people to experience the work of Wales’s artists and arts/cultural organisations and creating more opportunities for communication and partnerships between schools, artists, arts/cultural/heritage organisations and local communities.

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Arts Care Gofal Celf

Founded in 1987, Arts Care Gofal Celf is a professional charitable arts organisation based in Carmarthen, West Wales. We are experienced in delivering high quality projects for & with people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestylesacross West Wales Arts Care Gofal Celf is supported by the Arts Council of Wales as an Arts Portfolio Wales organisation. We facilitate dynamic programmes which are diverse, inspiring and relevant to participants. We work creatively to reach out to groups to encourage participation, working in partnership with a wide range of organisations in places where people live, work and meet. Our work encompasses most art forms and a wide range of approaches including long-term arts projects, performances, public art, artist residencies, exhibitions and one-off workshops. ACGC has a wealth of experience in developing programmes in arts in health and wellbeing, arts and regeneration, arts in social inclusion and other contexts.

Astonishing Adventures

I am a Community Theatre Practitioner and Writer, living and working in North Wales. I'm interested in bringing theatre and performance to small towns and rural communities throughout Wales and sharing stories, real and imaginary, with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, though I have a special interest in literacy development for early years - KS2. I have worked in many settings, from National Trust Gardens to Venue Cymru, from Dementia Residential homes to small independent museums. I also work in regularly in schools. I predominantly work with drama, story, poetry, percussion and song. Rwi'n hapus hefo cymraeg, ond seasneg ydy'r iath cyntaf fi. Mi wnest i gweithio ar yr prosiectiau dwy iath.

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Maindee Unlimited

Maindee Unlimited is a community run placemaking charity. We are active in the Maindee area of East Newport.

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Youth Arts Network Cymru

YANC is an organisation that brings together professionals delivering across the youth sector in Wales to share best practice and resources. YANC is an embryonic network which started life in response to the youth arts sector lacking any sort of cohesive thinking and sharing of practice across Wales. Initially the network was formed on the basis of various companies who were initially involved in a project. However this quickly grew as there was a genuine appetite amongst practitioners and organisations alike to develop practice and networks pan Wales. YANC has now become a genuinely pan Wales network which involves both Welsh and English speaking companies and individuals. It regularly hosts skills and practice sharing workshops across Wales as well as its biennial CASGLIAD conference.

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Jukebox Collective

Jukebox Collective is a creative company based in Cardiff that specialises in street dance and hip hop culture. Our work is rooted in our community and we lead participative activities for young people and children across South Wales. We also create theatre, and have a Creative Agency that represents and promotes professional hip hop and street dance performers.

Registered Charity Number 1034245