The ArtWorks team are delighted to welcome back Mess Up the Mess with their youth production Us Proclaimed: Clywch Ni Created by Aled Pedrick, Ifan Davies, Cwmni Pluen and the young people of Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company in collaboration with National Youth Arts Wales. Us Proclaimed A5 Flyer  A brand […]
Friday 4th August – Soar Centre 6.30pm Crossings: Stories of Migration is an ICA-led UK-wide film and events programme supported by the BFI using National Lottery funding and in partnership with the Goethe-Institute and the School of Film & Television, Falmouth University. We live in an age of migration. Driven by political and military conflicts, […]
Situated some 200km off Italy’s southern coast, Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living on the Mediterranean island, capturing its history, culture and the current everyday […]
Crossings: Stories of Migration is an ICA-led UK-wide film and events programme supported by the BFI using National Lottery funding and in partnership with the Goethe-Institute and the School of Film & Television, Falmouth University.
We live in an age of migration. Driven by political and military conflicts, the pressures and possibilities of increasingly globalised economies, climate change and the desire for a better life, more people than ever now move and live across borders. These are diverse trajectories; each journey has its own story and each story its own journey, traversing different landscapes and carrying with it its own past.
Through a programme of screenings and events, Crossings: Stories of Migration explores the stories of modern-day migration and reflects on cinema’s potential to interrogate the damaging ways in which it is often framed. Including a variety of documentary and fiction features, the programme engages with transnational crossings from the last five decades through different forms of aesthetically-innovative storytelling.
Crossings: Stories of Migration brings together leading commentators, critics and contributors from across various cultural and political contexts to create a rigorous yet diverse platform for discussion to explore migration from both global and local perspectives. Engaging with ethical and political questions raised by representing these narratives on screen, the season aims to open a space for dialogue at a time when this is more urgent than ever.
ArtWorks have been working with the ICA and the Goethe Institute to bring the film ‘Fire at Sea’ to a brand new audience.
Samuele is 12 years old and lives on an island in the middle of the sea. He goes to school, loves shooting his slingshot and going hunting. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women and children who try to cross it to get to his island. But his is not an island like the others – its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last 20 years in search of freedom.
ArtWorks and Valleys Kids are excited to be hosting the Fio team and their show Swarm in the Factory Venue on Friday 28th July at 7pm.
Fio will be working with ArtWorks Penygraig Drama Workshop and local community groups to bring the production to life in the heart of the Rhondda Valleys.
Swarm has already been performed in Bute Town in Cardiff, The Gurnos in Merthyr and then lastly The Congress Theatre in Cwmbran. In each community they have been intergrated into existing comminty groups mixing in adult and other community groups to create a community cast. They show has been really successful and we can’t wait to be part of it.
If you would like to take part in the show you can contact us on 01443 303032 or you can get in touch with the Fio team on +44 (0)7817 132 754.
“Wales is at civil war – what does this mean for you? Where is the safest place for you to be?
Anyone can become a refugee – what if it happened to you?
Swarm is a brand new immersive theatre experience, giving the audience a chance to feel what it could be like if they were put in the shoes of a refugee. Working with a professional and community cast, this is a unique production unlike anything else you may have seen.”
Supported by the Big Lottery, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and ArtWorks Valleys Kids.
Monday 12th December, 5pm, Soar Centre, Penygraig.
Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Elizabeth to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.
Join us for our last event of the season which is certain to leave you feeling all warm and Christmassy.
Artworks would like to invite you to the first production by our Penygraig Drama Workshop. These children are aged 8 – 12 and their commitment, passion and dedication to their show is admirable. They have been working tirelessly with their support worker Caroline Bunce to bring you their take on Hans Christian Anderson ‘the LIttle Match Seller’
The performance takes us on a journey of a little girl who is sent out into the freezing cold nights to sell her tapers. She freezes near to death for fear of the punishment should she go home with no money for the family. One night her beloved Nana appears from the stars and we see the little match seller find her happy place once more.
We would love to show you our story so please join us in Soar Centre at 7pm on Saturday 29th October. We will be serving refreshments after the show and holding a raffle to support the development of ArtWorks and Valleys Kids.
To book your free tickets in advance or to donate a raffle prize please contact Emma@valleyskids.org or call us on 01443 303032
We look forward to seeing you and showing off our stars.
ArtWorks are so proud to be able to support our very own Maxine Ridge with the launch of her second novel Crow Falls. We have no idea where she finds the time but we are so blessed to be able to call her one of ours!
They found a doorway to another world.
It has been two years since Robyn and her friends broke the barriers across time and space, but the memories have faded to stories, supernaturally forgotten.
When Robyn falls for someone who doesn’t love her back, heartbroken, she finds solace in parallel world Corvus.
Robyn’s friends need her back – their world is falling apart: the flu pandemic closes down the borders between countries and the terrifying Golden Army draws ever closer and although life in Corvus is sweet, there are whispers on the wind of an uprising of the Earth Born against the First Born.
Crow watches from afar as the end of time hurtles towards them.
You are invited to the book launch of Crow Fall
at The Factory, Porth, CF39 9PP
Friday 30th September 2016 7pm.
After the successful launch of Maxine Ridge’s debut novel When the Crow Cries, Maxine is bringing the sequel Crow Fall to The Factory.
The event includes readings by internationally-famed Mab Jones and Wales’s new and exciting crime writer Victoria Jenkins; an exhibition of the book illustrations by Rhondda-based artist Gayle Rogers; free wine and light refreshments; and music by Tom Stupple’s fantastic folk band Fountainhead. Music albums, reduced-price books and limited edition prints available for purchase.
7.00pm Doors open.
7.15pm Readings and Music
8.15pm Refreshments; Illustrations Exhibition; Book Shop open
It’s Art But It’s Not is very happy to announce the re-opening of Rhiwgarn Infant School in Trebanog, with a programme of activities taking place from the 24th of August to the 2nd of September, led by the Welsh artist Owen Griffiths.
Local residents are invited to join artists, partners and designers exploring ideas related to seasons, food and making. The aim behind the inaugural two-weeks of activities is to spark transformation and reintroduce the community to a forgotten place, giving them the space and the tools to make it their own.
Activities designed by the artist Owen Griffiths include bread and pizza making, in a clay oven especially installed for the use of the community.
Week 1 – August 24, 25 & 27
Week 2 – August 31st & September 1st
Morning Sessions 11am – 12.30pm (Lunch Provided)
Afternoon Sessions 2pm – 4pm
Evening Sessions 4 – 5.30pm (Dinner Provided)
There will also be a special celebration and surprise on Friday 2nd September…. We look forward to seeing you there. Rhiwgarn Infants School, Waun Wen, Porth, CF39 9LX
Sunday 14th August, 7pm Soar Centre, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ
In a small town, buried amongst the hills, a young boy named Phil wakes up one morning to discover he’s changed! Bewildered and terrified by his appearance, he fears his family won’t recognise him! He spends the play tormented by his thoughts both cruel and kind.
Having discovered Phil, the family is horrified by what they see! His father, unable to recognise him and worried he might be vicious; forces him back into his room.
Phil’s younger sister Eira protests that it’s Phil! She gives him hope that in time others will see it’s really him too!
The Change is a dark, comical and emotive story that explores what it means to be to be truly human? Set against the backdrop of a seedy circus, with stunning physical theatre, it is a terrifyingly real story told in a beautifully imagined way.
Originally Devised by Tonyrefail Nurture group and Adapted by Penygraig Youth Theatre. Written and Directed by Claire Hathway