To celebrate International Women’s Day we have been sharing lives, stories achievements and challenges with women from Africa, Wales and beyond, at Newport YMCA and Atlantic College in St Donats in the Vale of Glamorgan. This is part of our ‘Make It Happen’ Valley and Vale Community Arts and Hub Cymru Africa project. We are bringing together some of our inspiring African women partners to Wales from Kenya and Ethiopia and using creativity and creative thinking as alternative ways of stimulating dialogue about range of challenging, often considered ‘taboo’ issues, affecting women, men and communities across the world.
As part of this programme we have an exciting month ahead - with some of our inspiring African partners visiting us. We will be using creativity and creative thinking as alternative ways of stimulating dialogue about range of challenging, often considered ‘taboo’ issues, affecting women, men and communities in the UK and Africa.
The Oasis group were asked to perform as part of a gala concert to help raise funds for Croeso Penarth who are aiming to provide housing and help for a Syrian refugee family to settle in Penarth. We were allocated a 15 – 20 minute set in which to perform and managed to fit in a wide variety of songs showing off the huge array of talent and humanity within the group.
On December 19th we enjoyed our annual singing flashmob in the streets of Cardiff, facilitated by Laura Bradshaw, and it was another great success - having fun and stopping for a moment from the shopping to come together with strangers to connect though the amazing power of music and voice.
During the November half term artists, Alison and Alys donned their waterproofs and wellies and facilitated free and open access workshops for children and young people from Betws and surrounding areas in Bridgend.
Our Butterfly Garden group met today and whilst enjoying the sunshine and creating more artwork we had a visitor (a beautiful Red Admiral) who seems to like the new bench painted by the group members.
We will be running three Breathing Space Groups over the next five months. Each group will have up to 15 participants and focus on using art and journal making for self-reflection and self-expression. The creative actives will be used to provide the opportunity to increase self-awareness and self esteem.
This photographic exhibition is a creative collaboration between Valley and Vale Community Arts and Oasis. It celebrates 2 years of our Oasis music project.
During this project we worked with individuals and family members who had been both directly and indirectly affected by crime in Cardiff, Bridgend and The Vale of Glamorgan in our ‘Creativity for Recovery’ project, funded by the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioners Victims’ Fund (Cronfa Dioddefwyr Comisiynydd yr Heddlu a Throseddu De Cymru). The project was so impactful for both participants and project facilitators that we decided to produce an end of project report and publish it here.
Drama facilitators Alys Byrne and Gemma Alpine have been running a drama group for adults with learning disabilities every Monday afternoon at Pyle Day Centre, Bridgend. The group has been running since May and has gone from strength to strength with participants of all ages and abilities learning social and performance skills in a fun, safe and supportive environment.