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  • traditions are renewed
  • new expression flourishes
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Bocs

Bocs is a supportive network of young artists encompassing visual arts, music and performance. Their objective is to establish a focal point to act as a catalyst for excellence in young contemporary art.

Ballet Nimba

NIMBA is an African Performing Arts company founded in 2010 by the creative vision of Idrissa Nimba Camara and inspired by his rich cultural heritage, the dance and music traditions of his homeland, Guinea Conakry. Idrissa believes his traditions are an inexhaustible source of inspiration and NIMBA is the name of the iconic Guinean Mask symbolising creative power and the Joy of Living. We are an African Dance and Music organisation producing accessible performances and providing creative, educational and artistic activity through workshops, training, and film documentation of African Arts. We exist to entertain, engage and promote intercultural understanding and aim to enrich the lives of all those who come into contact with our company. We work with amazing artists, most of them were born into the music tradition of West Africa and escaped poverty and corruption to make their way to Europe where we have been lucky enough to get to experience their dynamism and creative energy. Their performances promote the irrepressible joy of the human spirit and we aim to inspire the younger generation.

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Gŵyl Gregynog

Originally founded in 1933, Gregynog Festival is Wales' oldest extant classical music festival. Set principally in historic venues in rural North Powys, the modern Festival draws international artists, many making their Welsh debuts, to present special programming, curated by Artistic Director Rhian Davies on annual themes drawn from Wales' heritage. The 2016 theme is Eire, marking our connections with Ireland, from the Irish Saint Melangell and the mediaeval harp pins of Montgomery Castle to the prison camp at Frongoch where the rebels of the Easter Rising were held, 100 years ago.

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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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Music Theatre Wales

Music Theatre Wales began life in Cardiff in 1988 and the first MTW production was typically inventive, setting Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Martyrdom of St Magnus in the graveyard of the Saxon church in the grounds of St Donats Castle. The company continues to break new ground in opera, presenting newly commissioned works, bringing new artists to the form and finding a new place for pieces already written which are either neglected or unseen in the UK. Today, Music Theatre Wales is acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading contemporary opera companies, dedicated to performing masterpieces of the recent past and to commissioning new works from the very best composers and writers -operas which we hope will enter the future repertoire of opera companies around the world. Since 1988 we have created almost 30 productions and presented 14 world premieres. We have an established programme to help nurture new opera composers and we have created productions with a wide range of partners including Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, the Berlin Festival, Opera Vest in Norway, Banff Centre in Canada, Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon, Haarlem Theatre in The Netherlands, Treffpunkt in Stuttgart, Scottish Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2002, Music Theatre Wales became the first Associate Company of the Royal Opera House. This partnership has given us a fabulous London home and opportunities to undertake projects we could not otherwise afford, through co-productions and co-commissions. In turn, we have brought contemporary opera of quality and artistic rigour into the very heart of the home of grand opera. At the 2011 TMA Theatre Awards our production of Greek by Mark-Anthony Turnage won Outstanding Achievement in Opera against stiff competition from Opera North and Glyndebourne. The company has twice been short-listed for the Prudential Awards for “creativity, excellence, innovation and accessibility.” Lynne Plowman’s opera Gwyneth and the Green Knight which we commissioned won the British Composers Award and her second opera The House of the Gods, again commissioned by us, was also shortlisted for this award in 2007. The company has been recorded on CD, broadcast on BBC radio and our work has been screened on BBC2. In 2009 the company worked for the first time in Welsh, commissioning a new performing version of The Soldier’s Tale –Stori’r Milwr. Plans for 2012 include an autumn tour of two new operas by Huw Watkins and Stuart MacRae which will receive their world premieres at the Edinburgh International Festival. In 2013, the company will give the UK premiere of Luci mie traditrici by Salvatore Sciarrino, while Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton are writing a new opera for us, based on Kafka’s The Trial, to be premiered at Covent Garden in 2014 in a co-commission and co-production with the Royal Opera House.

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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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Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias

Based in Caernarfon, Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias provides valuable opportunities for students of music within the community. It is a nationally recognised centre of musical education, supported by Arts Council of Wales. Master classes with celebrated musicians are held regularly, as well as concerts, workshops and courses on a variety of musical subjects.

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.

Live Music Now Cymru

Live Music Now was founded by Yehudi Menuhin over 30 years ago, and the organisation continues to work to fulfil his vision today under the leadership of its founding Chairman, Ian Stoutzker. Live Music Now sets out to fulfil two aims: • To make high quality music as widely accessible as possible • To provide training and employment opportunities for the most gifted, young musicians at the outset of their careers Since 1977 the organisation has grown, from one London office to 9 branches covering the whole of the UK and Ireland. Since the inception of the Welsh branch in 1990 Live Music Now Wales has maintained a high quality of delivery to audiences in all parts of the country, attracting some of the best young professional musicians to deliver the scheme’s concerts and workshops. Since 1990 over 5,000 LMN performances have taken place in Wales. LMN musicians have delivered performances and workshops throughout Wales in venues which include care homes and centres for elderly people, hospitals and hospices, schools for children with special educational needs and mainstream schools, centres for people with learning difficulties or mental health problems.

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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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Celf o Gwmpas

Our vision is to achieve artistic innovation and increase recognition of the value in disability and inclusive arts practice. Our mission is to create the connections for equality, nurture creativity and support ambition in the arts. Celf o Gwmpas has a wide reputation for supporting disabled adults, young people and other socially excluded groups to explore their creative potential. We challenge ourselves to think in new ways and come up with new ways of working and collaborating. Our eighteen year history of creating high quality arts projects locally, nationally and internationally has enabled us to develop and strengthen good practice as well as to test out new ideas and approaches. We have pioneered projects, exhibitions and residencies that open up opportunities for participation, develop artistic practice and presentation and supports social inclusion. We are interested in contemporary art and artists in society and contemporary visual culture. Over the past five years, we have built successful and lasting relationships with a range of local, national and international disabled artists. We are committed to a way of working that has evolved to enable disabled artists we work with to be inspired by, explore, produce and reflect upon contemporary art practice. On 22 May 2014, we re-launched in our new base, Centre Celf, a large, multi purpose arts space in Llandrindod Wells. Our accessible facilities and spaces including workshop, studio and performance space are suitable for different forms of artistic enquiry. We are able to accommodate performing and visual arts practice that includes sound, digital video and photography, live art and performance, large scale and screen based art. Celf is building on previous ACW lottery funded programmes and strategic funds to create much needed, innovative equal opportunities for disabled and socially excluded people of all ages to access the arts, as practitioners and producers, audiences and participants. We support individual disabled artists at key moments in their careers, through training, mentoring, residencies, studio groups and related activities. We support wide-ranging cultural activity, through our own work and through our tenant organisations and hirers, providing both an equal, social and cultural hub for the community and occupying an important and vital part of the wider cultural and creative community. We serve the communities of Powys, but also hone a national and international outlook. We promote rural mid Wales as an exciting, distinct and inspiring place to work for a contemporary artist, and we set up new international cultural exchange opportunities to extend and increase our reach beyond our rural and regional location. Celf o Gwmpas continuously seeks out organisations and frameworks to partner with, sharing expertise, exchanging ideas and breaking down barriers to reach the most disadvantaged members of our society. We offer a diverse and dynamic programme of cross-artform opportunities for participants of all ages to develop their own creativity, become makers and producers and have access to professional art exhibitions and presentations at Centre Celf as well as by visiting other galleries and venues in Wales.

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Torch Theatre

The Torch is a celebrated producing theatre company, and the striking new theatre was re-launched in March 2008 with a highly acclaimed version of the award-winning musical 'The Hired Man'. The Torch Theatre Company boasts an impressive repertoire including 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest', 'Neville's Island', 'Abigail's Party', 'The Little Shop of Horrors', ‘The Norman Conquests’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ and The Christmas show is always a firm family favourite. The Torch Theatre also screens the latest movie blockbusters alongside art house and off-beat films and visitors can also take pleasure in viewing paintings, photographs, ceramics, crafts and installations by local and national artists in the Joanna Field Gallery. The programme changes regularly, and entry is free. The Torch Theatre is a modern and vibrant centre for the arts which prides itself on extending a warm Pembrokeshire welcome to all visitors.

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Sherman Theatre

Since 2007, when Sherman Cymru was formed through the merger of Sherman Theatre Limited and Sgript Cymru Limited, we have consistently produced critically acclaimed and award winning work in both Welsh and English. The company strives to create the best theatre it can; to achieve a distinct and diverse programme for audiences; to engage its communities in the creative process of theatre making; and to make a lasting contribution to the national and international development of theatre in Wales. Central to the work we do are commitments to develop and champion the work of Welsh and Wales-based writers, to foster the involvement of young people in the experience of theatre and to actively encourage the development of emerging artists of the next generation.

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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Crwth

Crwth is a non-profit making organisation based in Neath, South Wales, UK. It was formed in 1999 to promote professional performance of chamber music in Swansea and throughout South Wales. Crwth is a registered charity, registered number 1126432. Company number 05742856.

Bagad Pibau Morgannwg

Bagad Pibau Morgannwg exists to promote and develop the Welsh bagpipe and pibgorn traditions through teaching and public performances. The band (bagad) was established in January 2007 and performs in parades and events, most recently in the National St. David's Day parade and Lorient Interceltic Festival in 2008 and 2009. Since January 2011 the bagad has been running monthly piping workshops at Theatr Soar in Merthyr Tydfil. Members of the bagad have been employed by Clera, the Society for the traditional instrument of Wales, to teach bagpipe and pibgorn at its workshop days around Wales. The main aim of the bagad is to increase awareness of the Welsh bagpipe and pibgorn traditions and respond to the growing interest in the artform by providing opportunities for people to access teaching at all levels, from beginners through to more experienced players. The bagad as a performance group is open to all those who feel confident to take part and have a reasonable level of ability in playing bagpipes or drums.

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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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Ballet Cymru

Award winning company Ballet Cymru (formerly Independent Ballet Wales) was established to bring small scale, high quality classical ballet to audiences across Wales, the UK and beyond. At the core of the Company’s work is the creation and touring of productions based in the classical ballet technique. Alongside performances, the Company offers education work both on tour and in its home City of Newport. Ballet Cymru’s aims are to: -Present, promote, organise, provide, commission, manage, choreograph and produce dance dramas, ballets or dance entertainments whether on any premises of the Company or elsewhere. We deliver this with our tour of 2 productions a year and our various projects throughout the year. -Encourage and develop appreciation and participation in dance by performing and teaching in venues, community centres, theatres, arts centres, schools, colleges and classes. -Develop all aspects of our work that contribute to artistic quality. We regularly evaluate and monitor the quality of our performers, directors, teachers and designers. -Develop all aspects of our work that contribute to inclusiveness. We update our Equal Opportunities Policy (Equality and Diversity Policy) in line with Welsh Assembly Government legislation and implement these actions in every day company life. We are a ballet company who like to do things differently. We enjoy finding new ways to make what we do exciting, innovative and relevant. We are passionate about classical ballet and want everyone else to be too. We are a new company with 25 years experience. Each year the Company tours to around some 50 venues and performs to audience in excess of 17,000 across the UK.

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Articulture Wales

Articulture is a creative organisation that aims to bring together practitioners to support the production of innovative, high quality outdoor arts unique to Wales

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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.

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John Howes

I am a visual artist and musician and currently an Advisor with ACW in Visual Arts and Traditional Music. I was formally Programme Director for BA Fine Art and MA Visual Arts Enterprise in what is now Swansea Metropolitan University. I served on the Board of Cywaith Cymru and on the Friends of the Glynn Vivian Committee. Over the last 12 Year I have been associated with Sculpture Cymru:Sculptors in Wales

National Youth Arts Wales

NYAW encourages, supports and promotes national performing arts opportunities with and by young people, through local, regional and national partnerships.

Theatr Ffynnon

Theatr Ffynnon is a unique community arts theatre company working primarily with adults and young people with learning disabilities, and is recognised as a model of best practice in supporting the development of a disability arts culture in Wales and beyond. We exist to enrich the lives of people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health issues, by providing development opportunities through training and participation in the visual and performing arts. Through such diverse opportunities, we endeavour to change perceptions within the communities we work, by promoting a greater understanding and engagement. Creating a challenging, expressive but safe environment is essential to our work. We believe that by building some of our work around topical or divisive issues, we can help to confront negative attitudes and defy expectations of what can be achieved by individuals with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health issues. The diversity of work we undertake is consistently devised and led by the membership (which currently stands at 100) and the communities we work within, to establish themes or issues pertinent to the individual & communities we represent.

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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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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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Jein Devlin

Jein Devlin is a multidisciplinary creative studio and gallery space in Conwy, owned by artist and graphic designer Ronan Devlin with academic writer and lecturer Dr Gillian Jein. Ronan works as a cross disciplinary artist making photographic, typographic and moving image works. His recent work and (ACW funded) research draws parallels between meditation and technology through a combination of analogue and digital media. He has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. His creative studio Jein Devlin works on graphic design projects for the cultural sector - books, branding, catalogues, exhibitions, promotional literature, signage systems and web / interactive design. The studio offers free consultation to both individual artists and arts organisations and will assist with budgeting design elements of grant applications (including third party production costs). Gillian is a lecturer in French at Bangor University. Her writing and research interests can be collectively gathered under the rubric of ‘urban cultures’. The gallery 'Oriel Jein Devlin' is open for specific exhibitions and will participate in Helfa Gelf 2013.

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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.

Deborah Claire Procter

Deborah Claire Procter is an interdisciplinary artist, actor and video-maker from Cardiff (Wales), and a Creative Wales Award winner. She began her training in theatre, and worked with companies like Theatre Alibi. Simultaneously she developed a love for experimental theatre, creating many solos and duets that play with perspective and scale, mixing ideas from theatre, dance, sculpture and performance art, and incorporating the use of various kinds of projection. Her work has been seen in galleries such as the Ferens (Hull), Oriel (Cardiff), and Spacex (Exeter), and theatres like the Hemsley (Madison) and the Museum Theatre (Madras). She maintains a strong interest and practice in movement, including contemporary and post- modern dance, as well as yoga and martial arts, and has trained extensively in improvisation and performance with Ruth Zaporah, Gardzienice Theatre, and Skinner Release Dance with Gaby Agis. In 2003, with the help of commission by Welsh Independent Dance, she began making videos with dancers and performers, one of which Am I This? was chosen for The Dance on Screen Festival at The Place, London. Since then she has made over ten videos, shooting in locations in Wales, Argentina and Austria. She was a part-time and guest lecturer in many institutions, including teaching performance at University of Glamorgan, and voice for broadcast journalists at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and has taught many youth and community groups.

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Mid Wales Opera

Mid Wales Opera’s mission is to create and perform accessible opera on an intimate scale, enabling our audiences to experience opera differently. The scale at which we work enables us to fulfil our ambitions to: Stage thought-provoking, moving and high quality productions in smaller venues across Wales and England where professional live opera is rarely shown, thus reaching audiences who would not otherwise be able to experience it Play a part in sustaining a vibrant culture of live opera performance by offering invaluable career development opportunities to young artists specialising in opera, from those still studying to those taking the first steps on the professional ladder, which in turn will enable them to progress to careers on a national and international level

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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

bloc

bloc is a Wales-based organisation and international hub of creators, producers, makers and thinkers supporting creative uses of technology. For over 12 years, we have been leading advocates of creative technology in Wales, producing a series of groundbreaking festivals, commissions, events, and research projects.

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Marja Bonada

I am an environmental artist. I do workshops and residencies, as well as arranging joint projects for artists and musicians in Wales.

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Maria Hayes

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

Touch Trust

Touch Trust is committed to the research, education, training and provision of creative, touch-based art of movement and dance programmes for individuals affected by autism, behaviour that challenges and profound and multiple disabilities.

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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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Taliesin Arts Centre

Taliesin Arts Centre is at the heart of Swansea University's Singleton Campus. Open throughout the year, we host a broad programme of events including cinema screenings, an average of ten visiting exhibitions per year, and a great variety of live performances, from dance and drama to jazz and world music.

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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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MOMA Machynlleth

The Machynlleth Tabernacle Trust was established in 1986 in order to transform the Wesleyan Tabernacle into a concert space (350 seats) for local and visiting musicians. It is also used for lectures and other events. It has become known as one of the finest chamber music concert hall in the British Isles and artists from far afield come to perform, and many ask to record there. The restoration of the Tabernacle was followed by the development of the adjoining property, and the building of a link building between that and the auditorium, that allowed four galleries for Art exhibitions under the collective name of Museum of Modern Art, Wales (MOMA Wales) to open in 1992. These galleries are open six days a week, including bank holidays, and entry is free. Approximately twenty exhibitions are held during the year, by established and emerging artists, many have an emphasis on links with Wales. The annual Open Art Competition attracts entries from throughout the UK. The Tabernacle Art Collection, comprising over 250 works of art, is kept in the building and exhibited as part of the exhibition programme. The building also has space for education and learning, mainly language classes but also used for music and art teaching. Local and national groups use the space available for holding meetings. The Trust organises the annual Machynlleth Festival in August, a week's programme of over 15 events featuring local, national and international musicians playing Welsh, Jazz and Classical music. The programme includes the Hallstatt Lecture on a subject of Celtic Heritage, the award of the Gold Medal for service in the world of Music, Art or Literature in Wales, and master classes for young musicians. Recordings of the Festival are regularly featured on Radio 3 and Radio Cymru. In 2013 the first professional Curator was appointed. In May 2015 "The Tannery" was opened after many years of fundraising and restoration of this historic industrial building. This contains two galleries, connected to the main building by a bridge, one of which is specifically for sculpture. This brings the number of exhibition spaces up to seven. In December 2015 The Machynlleth Tabernacle Trust was awarded accreditation, by the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government, for its Museum of Modern Art. As a result of its new status the museum will be known as MOMA Machynlleth.

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Sound Affairs

Sound Affairs is a South Wales based non-profit making organisation that exists to promote concerts of new music and co-ordinate related activities such as workshops and education projects.

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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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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Sinfonia Cymru

Sinfonia Cymru is a young and innovative chamber orchestra from Wales. The orchestra is made up of professional musicians in the early stages of their careers and is the first and only orchestra of its kind to be revenue-funded by the Arts Council of Wales. Founded in 1996 by Principal Conductor Gareth Jones and typified by excellence, flexibility and innovation, Sinfonia Cymru delivers a hugely diverse programme of activities each year. The orchestra has performed in major concert halls across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, and gives regular performances in Wales in key venues including the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Wales Millennium Centre, Theatr Clwyd, The Riverfront and The Hafren. In recent years, Sinfonia Cymru has performed with an enviable rostrum of guest artists including Bryn Terfel, Alina Ibragimova, Benjamin Grosvenor, Rachel Podger, Carlo Rizzi, Paul Watkins, Llyr Williams and Catrin Finch. Sinfonia Cymru features at music festivals every year and in 2016 performed with Bryn Terfel and Joseph Calleja at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, as well as several concerts as part of Wales Millennium Centre’s Festival of Voice. The orchestra premiered the new work by Sir Karl Jenkins, Cantata Memoria, at Wales Millennium Centre in October 2016, alongside Bryn Terfel. In October 2015, Sinfonia Cymru performed at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Danielle DeNiese, Alison Balsom, Sting and Michael Sheen to celebrate Bryn Terfel’s 50th birthday. In 2014, the orchestra played a major role in its first international collaboration that brought together a number of European partners from Sweden, Italy and Estonia, and culminated in Small Nations:Big Sounds festival, delivered in partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The orchestra has recorded twice for Deutsche Grammophon: Blessing with Catrin Finch and Cantata Memoria by Sir Karl Jenkins, written to mark 50 years since the Aberfan disaster. Over the past 12 months Sinfonia Cymru has been broadcast on BBC One Wales and BBC Four, S4C, Sky Arts and Classic FM. Sinfonia Cymru commissions new music with a particular focus on young composers. Recent commissions include Murmurations by Mark Boden, H20 by Gareth Moorcraft and Queen Concertante by Vlad Maistorovici. Sinfonia Cymru is also committed to performing new music. In 2016 the orchesta premiered Birdsong - Cân yr Adar, working with Gwilym Simcock and Kizzy Crawford on new music that fused jazz, classical and soul-folk. The project was a bilingual celebration of the natural world, inspired by the forests of Carngafallt in Powys, and also featured visual art projections by Ruby Fox. Creative Learning and Health & Wellbeing projects are integral to the orchestra’s activities. In 2016, Sinfonia Cymru worked in partnership with composer Liz Lane, film company AOTV, Chepstow School and Thornwell Primary School on Boats, Tunnels and Bridges, a multimedia composition and performance project which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first Severn Bridge, the Brynglas Tunnel and the last Aust ferry crossing. In 2016 Sinfonia Cymru partnered with Mid Wales Music Trust on a project based on Shakespeare's The Tempest. School children from schools across Mid Wales worked with musicians to write music for a series of interactive performances. Futures projects include Sing-a-Story, a co-production with Mid Wales Music Trust, Wigmore Hall Learning and The Hafren, Newtown. In 2013 Sinfonia Cymru established Curate, a collective of orchestral musicians, administrators and other young creatives who come together to express their artistic ideas and create their own projects. Since then, Curate has developed the flagship UnButtoned and Unease events in collaboration with BAFTA-Cymru winning musician Tom Raybould and Chapter Arts Centre, the orchestra’s classical pub gig ‘Quartet’ and the hugely successful The Freddie Mercury Project with Vlad Maistorovici.

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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.

Hummadruz

I run a young company called "Hummadruz" that specialises in Ultra-Violet Theatre and spectacle. We produce shows that illustrate modern, popular and classical music with Circus, Theatre, Dance, Illusion, Puppets and spectacle. We focus on touring in Wales to: mid-scale Theatres; Festivals; Club Nights and Raves.

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Jobina Tinnemans

Jobina Tinnemans is a contemporary composer working in crossover disciplines of electronic and classical music. Using innovative technologies and ancient crafts. Tinnemans originates from Limburg, near Maastricht, but adopted Pembrokeshire as her home.

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Allan yn y Fan

Allan Yn Y Fan is a multi-instrumental and vocal band renowned for its interpretations of Welsh Traditional Music & Song and for their own compositions. For more than a decade Allan Yn Y Fan has been recording (5 albums and 1 EP), touring in the UK and Europe and helping bring the real music of Wales to wider notice.

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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.

NEW Sinfonia

Established in 2011 by Robert and Jonathan Guy, the NEW Sinfonia is an orchestra based in North Wales that provides performance opportunities for outstanding professional young musicians. Our core team of players come from across North Wales and beyond. Our team can boast that as well as having studied in some of the world’s leading music conservatoires, we have also performed in some of the best known international orchestras and festivals. The NEW Sinfonia has performed at the North Wales International Music Festival, collaborating with Karl Jenkins and Nicholas Cleobury in 2012, and Prof. Paul Mealor in 2013 and aims to become North Wales’ very own professional orchestra. The sustained quality and success of the orchestra was recognised with an Arts Council of Wales Grant supported by the National Lottery and Welsh Government, to deliver a free year long lunchtime concert series at the Oriel Wrecsam and Galeri 3B.

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Span Arts

Span Arts is a live arts charity based in Narberth, Pembrokeshire. Span Arts’ core value is ‘Arts for Everyone’, and we aim to provide inclusive, quality arts events and projects in a rural area, to reduce social, rural and economic isolation. Span Arts presents a diverse programme of theatre, family events, comedy, dance, and music and we are responsible for initiating, producing, curating and presenting the Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival.

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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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Opra Cymru

The only Welsh language opera company in the world. Yr unig gwmni opera Cymraeg yn y byd.

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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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Susan King

A practising artist for 25 years, working in ceramics, now studying Fine Art at Bangor University.

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Welsh National Opera

Welsh National Opera transforms lives through the power of opera. We are passionate about opera and want to share this passion with as many people as possible. We do this with award winning performances of fully staged opera and concerts which combine a sense of adventure with the highest possible quality. We keep our performances accessible through affordable ticket prices. Beyond the theatre we connect with people through our community and education work and digital projects.

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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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Community Music Wales

Our fundamental aim is to contribute to the empowerment of disadvantaged groups and individuals through enabling them to participate in creativity and learning, initially and primarily through music making. We develop participatory music workshops, mentoring schemes and community music training across Wales. We work strategically to identify need, delivering projects to give people the opportunity to write, play, record or perform their own music, using trained and experienced community arts practitioners. We believe strongly in working in partnership. As a charity we fundraise for individual projects, and depend on grants and donations. We can also be commissioned to manage and deliver specialised activity. CMW’s fundamental aim is to contribute to the empowerment of disadvantaged groups and individuals through enabling them to participate in creativity and learning, initially and primarily through participation in music making.

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Cwmni Cofis Bach

Cofis Bach is a charity which provides free artistic opportunities for children and young people in Caernarfon’s Peblig Ward. Cofis Bach has a variety of activities, Drama Club, Guitar and Drums Club, Art Club. In partnership with the William Mathias Music Centre and the Seiont and Peblig Nursery circle the wonder of music sessions are held for children in their early years. Cofis Bach also provides projects during school holidays such as Marathon Rock in co-operation with Sbarc! Galeri, a Drama Marathon and workshops for creating short films.

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Gareth Nash

After graduating from the Royal College of Art, I returned home to Wales to develop my career as a ceramic artist. I am currently researching the history of the horse in ceramics, exploring how other cultures have built, embellished clay horses. I am currently producing an exhibition that is a result of my research: Clay Horses, He Rides Side Saddle - Playing with Fire working with two creative partners, Nantgarw China Works Museum and The Factory, Porth.

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Clwyd Theatre Cymru

Theatr Clwyd is Wales’ major drama producing operation, originally built as a Regional Arts Centre. It is the home of a highly acclaimed producing company, which also presents much of its work on tour throughout Wales and the rest of the UK. The company produces mainly in English, but also in Welsh. There is a fully integrated Theatre for Young People department which uses the same performers, technicians and creative staff to achieve the same high production values as the mainstream product. The theatre also hosts a variety of touring drama, dance, music and a community Festival in the Summer. There are around 900 public performances per year. Theatr Clwyd is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Flintshire County Council

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The Aloud Charity

The Aloud Charity's is to engage each new generation of young people across Wales with the power of choral singing: an activity well-proven to promote self-belief and self-confidence, to encourage aspiration and to build a sense of community. We work towards delivering this vision through two main strands of activity: Only Boys Aloud (for teenage boys) and Only Kids Aloud (for children aged 9-13 and delivered in partnership with the Wales Millennium Centre). The activity spans from non-auditioned OBA choirs located across the South Wales valleys to the highly critically-acclaimed WMC/OKA National Children’s Chorus of Wales. To date we have engaged with more than 400 young men through OBA and 750 children through OKA activities. Recent developments to our work include extending the reach of OBA with 4 new choirs across North Wales, and a pan-Wales singing project for all primary children delivered in partnership with WMC.

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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Glen Manby

I am a saxophonist and jazz musician. I mostly work in the area of straight ahead acoustic jazz, and my main influences are Charlie Parker and Phil Woods. I perform in quintet, quartet, trio and duo format. I currently teach at Cardiff University School of Music.

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Sistema Cymru - Codi'r To

Mae Sistema Cymru - Codi’r To yn brosiect adfywio cymunedol gyda’r nod o ddefnyddio cerddoriaeth fel ffordd o wella bywydau unigolion a chymunedau. Wedi ei ysbrydoli gan y dull El Sistema, In Harmony a’r Big Noise fyd enwog, mae’r prosiect yn gweithio gyda dwy ysgol gynradd, Ysgol Glancegin , Bangor ac Ysgol Maesincla, Caernarfon a’u cymunedau lleol ac yn darparu yn bennaf profiadau cerddorol a thiwtora offerynnol gyda grwpiau blwyddyn gyfan o blant. Anelwn i’r cyfan fod yn ysbrydoledig a gweddnewidiol i blant, teuluoedd, ysgolion a chymunedau. Trwy ymgysylltu cerddorol o safon, rydym yn ymdrin â phlant difreintiedig sydd wedi tangyflawni’n addysgiadol, gan geisio codi eu disgwyliadau a thrwy hynny wella cyfleoedd bywyd iddynt. Mae’r tiwtoriaid cerdd yn ymweld â’r ysgolion nifer o weithiau bob wythnos i arwain gweithgareddau offerynnol a chanu, gan weithio gyda’r athrawon a rhoi cymorth iddynt drwytho gweithgareddau cerdd rheolaidd i mewn i waith yr ysgol. Mae’r prosiect hwn ar gael i bob plentyn mewn grŵp blwyddyn gan rhoi cyfle a phrofiad i bawb beth bynnag fo’u gallu cerddorol. Mae cyfleoedd ychwanegol ar gael hefyd yn ystod gwyliau ysgol, ac fel prosiect cymunedol mae’r tiwtoriaid yn gwneud cysylltiadau â theuluoedd a’r gymdogaeth o amgylch yr ysgolion, gan gyflwyno cerddoriaeth fyw i mewn i gartrefi pobl ac i leoedd eraill yn y gymuned.

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Arts Active Trust

The Arts Active Trust is a registered charity that supports education, community and audience engagement projects from St David’s Hall (The National Concert Hall of Wales) and the New Theatre (an Edwardian large scale presenting theatre in Cardiff). The Arts Active programme takes its inspiration from the diverse programme of the two venues and capitalises on the expertise and resources they have, using them as a powerful catalyst for creative endeavours. We aim to encourage people, from the youngest to oldest, to engage in and enjoy arts activity. The Trust believes passionately in the power of the high quality arts projects to engage, inspire and transform people’s lives no matter what their economic, cultural and social context may be. As a charitable organisation Arts Active Trust relies on support from the corporate sector, trusts and foundations and individuals in order to continue to develop its community engagement, working with schools, communities and disadvantaged groups throughout Wales.

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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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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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Asking4It Productions

Asking4It Productions make innovative theatre and opera. We were founded in Wales in 2011, write our own material and commission musical scores. We are based in RCT and Cardiff. Asking4It Productions are currently working towards the production of "Natasha - A triptych - studies in experimental opera" which is an examination of modern slavery, the sex trade and human trafficking. The triptych comprises of Shelter; The Filmmaker and the Organ Trader; and Peacekeeping. Shelter (Natasha) is an exceptional piece of work, complete in itself and also promising a much greater exploration of important, uncomfortable material with social and political value and purpose. Ian Grant, actor and producer - Creative Structure, London Butcher produced in 2011 is an exploration of cancer fundraising, pharmaceuticals, treatment pathways including the surgical removal of healthy breasts and the almost invisible role of health promotion and disease prevention in the UK. "Butcher" offers the opportunity for a social critique that portrays what it describes: the multi-national political and economic forces that embed themselves in women’s bodies through the hands of Medicine, and the varying ways women themselves recognise (or not) these forces. Alexandra Vinson, medical social scientist, USA

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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.

Fishuard International Music Festival

The Fishguard International Music Festival was founded in 1969 by John S Davies and over the last 46 years has presented a programme of predominantly classical music events staged at a variety of venues in and around Fishguard, its twin town of Goodwick and other towns and villages across North Pembrokeshire. In 2006, Alan Caunce took up the post of Artistic Director and, with the support of his wife Val, was pivotal in rescuing the Festival from almost certain oblivion, breathing new life into the event. In 2013 the Festival appointed the world renowned pianist Peter Donohoe CBE, and Director of Live Music Now Auditions, Gillian Green MBE as Joint Artistic Directors. The Festival is a company limited by guarantee and registered charity. Charity Commission No: 517957 Company No: 02034446 (Registered in Wales) VAT No: 124436001

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