The Emperor’s New Clothes – Christmas Show

shermanwebHave you ever lost something? A toy? A tooth? A memory?

What if, one day, you lost all of your ‘silly’?

When the Emperor demands the coolest clothes to help him be, well, ‘cool’… The call is answered by a pair of wily Weavers, who concoct a cunning plan and land everyone in an embarrassing situation. Who will help the Emperor rediscover his joy and silliness?

Sherman Theatre & Theatr Iolo present The Emperor’s New Clothes / Dillad Newydd yr Ymerawdwr – a reimagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Written by award-winning playwright Alun Saunders, with songs and live music, there’s something here for the whole family this Christmas!

Soar Centre, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ

Wyt ti erioed wedi colli rhywbeth? Tegan? Dant? Atgof?
Beth petaet ti’n colli pob diferyn o wiriondeb?

Mae’r hen Ymerawdwr yn mynnu dillad mwyaf cŵl y deyrnas er mwyn cynnal ei enw da fel yr arweiniwr ffasiwn mwyaf, wel, ‘cŵl’! Pan ddaw’r Gwehyddion cyfrwys i’r fei, mae eu cynllun twp yn bygwth ‘dinoethi’ un o gyfrinachau mwyaf trist y dyn mawr.

Cyflwyna Sherman Theatr a Theatr Iolo Dillad Newydd yr Ymerawdwr / The Emperor’s New Clothes – dehongliad newydd sbon Alun Saunders o glasur Hans Christian Andersen. Gyda chaneuon a cherddoriaeth fyw, mae ‘na rywbeth yma i’r holl deulu y Nadolig hwn.

Soar Centre, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ

Crow Fall by Maxine Ridge

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.
Free entry.

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
8.45pm     Fountainhead
9.30pm    End

Hope you can make it!

Trebanog – Get ready for us!

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.

We’re open

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

Factory Art Summer School

Summer School at The Factory 8th-18thAugust

Monday to Friday week 1: 10am-12pm

Tuesday’s sessions will be for young people and will be 11am-1pm Age 9-16

Monday 8th Pastels

Tuesday 9 th  Young People’s workshop

Wednesday 10th  Watercolour

Thursday 11th  Batik

Friday 12th  Drawing and shading


Monday to Thursday week 2: 10am-12pm

Monday 15th  Still Life

Tuesday 16th  Young People’s workshop

Wednesday 17th   Charcoal

Thursday 18th  Life Drawing

Sessions are free and materials provided, spaces are limited so book a space if there is a specific session that interests you.

We have a stair lift for access to the Art in the Attic gallery and studio for those with limited mobility.

Contact Anne on 01443 687080




Art in the Attic – The Factory Launches New Exhibition


This exhibition features work from artists throughout Valleys Kids who attend the art sessions at the various centres. Penyrenglyn  (Treherbert), Penygraig, Dinas and Porth are four of the five areas in which Valleys Kids operate.

This exhibition is a taster of a selection of works that the artists produce throughout the year that culminates in an annual exhibition.

The art groups meet weekly throughout the year at their individual centres, they also get together as a combined group to visit art exhibitions in places such as Cardiff, Penarth and Bristol.

We occasionally travel further afield and have enjoyed trips to London to visit galleries and museums there.

We have the opportunity as a collaborative and inclusive art group to work with other organisations, such as Artes Mundi an internationally focused arts organisation based in Cardiff.  This gives us the chance to meet and work alongside international artists who are engaged in bespoke art projects in conjunction with other organisations such as RCT Homes (now Trivallis).

If you are interested in joining one of our groups please talk to Anne, Valleys Kids Artist in Residence based at the Factory.

Tel: 01443 68 70 80




















Changed Poster Soar

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

Kafka’s story told in our own unique way!


















Sunday 14th August 7pm in Soar Centre, Penygraig


“Missing Pieces” By Rhydyfelin Drama Workshop

Missing Pieces poster2

Rhydyfelin Drama Workshop have been working hard all year to bring you their first piece of devised Theatre with their Youth Arts Worker Nadine (our Youth Arts Apprentice) at the helm. ‘Missing Pieces’ takes us on a journey of a young girl who is desperate to figure out her past, in order to find her future.’

Come along to Ilan Centre 7pm on Friday 29th July to support this group of very talented young people and watch them fill in the ‘Missing Pieces’.

Missing Pieces will be performed at 7pm in Ilan Centre, Poets Close, Rhydyfelin, CF37 5HL

Save the Dates

This summer gives you an amazing opportunity to see some high quality Youth Arts with pieces of Theatre devised over the last year by the groups that ArtWorks Valleys Kids have been working with in our weekly sessions.
This Friday (29th August) at 7pm in Ilan Centre,  Rhydyfelin Drama Workshop presents their FIRST EVER production of ‘Missing Pieces’ and a fortnight later Penygraig Youth Theatre will be performing ‘Changed’ in our Soar Centre. Excitingly we are taking this piece on TOUR to the Riverfront Theatre in Newport a week later to perform on the main stage on the penultimate night! This is the FIRST EVER Welsh National Youth Arts Festival, run by young people for young people called RAWFfest / GWYLgrai.

History is literally being made and ArtWorks are proud to be a chapter in the story book!

Please SAVE THE DATES so you can be with us at the start of yet another exciting journey!

save the dates summer 2016

Luke’s journey with ArtWorks

blogWe have Luke on placement with us this week from school and he’s written his and our first blog about his journey with ArtWorks. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do…..

Hi my name is Luke I am 15 years old and this is my story. I was about 3 years old when I first started going to bike club, and I was there for about 8 to 9 years. In my time there I made a lot of friends but I am not in contact with any of them now sadly. I had a lot of fun at bike club and I got to know the staff and people who had volunteered to work there at the time. My favourite person there was Ross he was funny, strong and you could easily get along with him.

In the time I was at bike club I started to go to Penygraig drama workshop when I was 8 years old. At the time Jonno had left and a man named Ian McAndrew (who was new there like me) had taken his place which made me fell relaxed so I didn’t get nervous when I started and I still go there up to this day. Now I don’t have Ian anymore and I go to the older group. I have a nice woman named Claire Hathway who is head strong and is a very good team leader.

Drama is an after school club which has a lot of people who are very passionate about performing and are easily approachable if you want to talk about something.

If you would want to start Penygraig drama workshop you need to be in between the age of 8 to 12 and have been in contact with one of the art workers. If you have not made contact with them please feel free to come to one of the sessions on Tuesday at 4:30PM.

The older drama group is on the Monday and it starts at the time of 6:30PM and ends at 9:00PM we have longer hours and a lot more time for drama.

When I was 11 years old I couldn’t stay at bike club anymore because I was getting to old to go there.  I had to go to middle club which was only on a Tuesday, which was sad because I could only go to the center 1 time a week, this made me upset but I still went for a couple of weeks.  I didn’t like it because everyone was bigger than me so I didn’t go to middle club any more.

When I was 13 to 14 years old I started to do some guitar lessons with my friend we had a very good teacher at the time called Tom Stupple who was a close friend with my old drama teacher Ian McAndrew. This only lasted about 4 to 5 lessons because I needed to buy my own guitar, which was like £100 and my mum didn’t have the money at the time so I stopped.

I am now 15 years old and I am sitting in the office in the pop factory typing this up because I am on my work experience with Miranda Ballin who is on the phone right know talking about business.