Category : The Factory News

Swarm comes to the Factory

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.

Swarm will be performed on Friday 28th July at 7pm in the Factory.  Tickets are available here…

Kevin Sinnott – ‘The Post Office Years’ Exhibition

factory-kevin-sinnott-postersmlArt in the Attic present a world premier of work by renowned Welsh artist, Kevin Sinnott, premiering at The Factory

3rd – 28th October  Monday to  Friday 10am – 4pm

“My current show at the Factory consists mainly of 26 drawings that have never been exhibited before, executed during the years I worked as a post man in London.

This was almost immediately I had graduated from RCA when I decided bizarrely that a job as a postman would give me my afternoons to paint and the finance to rent a studio in Stepney Green.

What initially I thought would be 6 months stretched into 5yrs!!!”  Kevin Sinnott

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



















CEN celebrates Europe Day – 9th May

According to the European Union website*, “Europe Day (9 May) celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration‘. At a speech in Paris in 1950, the French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union”.

At the Community Enterprise Network (CEN) we are celebrating this day because the CEN is an Economic Development project, backed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, which aims to forge an enterprising culture and raise prosperity in the Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff areas.


Apprenticeships in Creative and Digital Media in Wales 2014

Apprenticeships in Creative and Digital Media in Wales – NOW RECRUITING!

These jobs are not with Valleys Kids

The closing date for applications to all posts is 12 Midday, Friday 16th of May 2014

This year there are up to 30 vacancies based in South East, North and South West Wales.

The closing date for applications to all posts is 12 Midday, Friday 16th of May 2014

To apply or for more information click the link below.

To have any questions answered click this link.