All welcome to help shape the future of visual arts in Monmouthshire - Monlife

All welcome to help shape the future of visual arts in Monmouthshire

Ann Sumner and Beth McIntyre meeting with Emma Bevan-Henderson, Chair of the Abergavenny Art Festival meeting at the Makers Crafts Gallery in Abergavenny 

We have exciting updates associated with the VAMM (Visual Arts Mapping Monmouthshire) Project research. This  work was organised through the Creative Cardiff partnership with MonLife as part of the Creative Industries Cluster Hubs (CICH) project.

  1. Commission Opportunity

Creative Cardiff, who in partnership with Local Authorities in Monmouthshire, Newport and Rhondda Cynon Taf, is currently seeking to commission nine artists to produce a piece of work on the theme of local creativity, community and innovation. This opportunity is being delivered as part of the Creative Industries Cluster Hubs (CICH) project.  Please note that commissioned works can be multidisciplinary across a variety of creative mediums, including but not limited to: visual arts, sculpture, video, spoken/written word, textiles, performance, dance, installation etc.

Applicants must be living or working in Monmouthshire, Newport or Rhondda Cynon Taf. Creative Cardiff is looking to commission three artists from Monmouthshire with up to £1000 available for each artist.   The deadline  is 31 January 2024   and can be found on the Creative Cardiff website:

  1. FREE Creative Cuppas hosted by The Borough Theatre in Abergavenny and delivered by Creative Cardiff

 Thursday 25 January at 10 am

Making workspaces accessible for neurodivergent creatives with producer, Tom Bevan. Tom is a freelance theatre and live events Producer from Cardiff. He has ADHD and Dyslexia and wants to create spaces where neurodivergent creatives can get together and build solidarity, support and collaborations. Since October 2023, he has been hosting an open space for neurodivergent creatives, producers and artists working in the cultural sector in South Wales to come together to work and connect.

Creative Cuppa: January (Monmouthshire) | Creative Cardiff

Thursday 22 February 2024 at 10.00 am  

Creating digital content with Amy Pay, a highly experienced freelance journalist, copywriter and creative consultant based in the Cardiff Capital Region. With a varied background in print media, broadcasting and digital journalism, she uses her skills to help people to get their stories across through words, strategy and creative ideas. She’s worked with clients big and small, including Lonely Planet, Visit Wales, The Telegraph, Evening Standard and The Guardian, with specialisms including UK travel, small businesses, specialty coffee and creative industries. Please see the link below to read further details and book your place:

Thursday 21 March 2024 at 10.00 am 

Building Confidence whilst working in the creative industries, delivered by Richard Holman. He began his career with the BBC before going on to found one of the UK’s most respected boutique advertising and design agencies. Today he works as an author, speaker & coach. He believes that the world needs creativity and innovation now more than ever, which is why he loves to work with individuals and teams to grow their confidence and make better and braver ideas. Please see the link below regarding this event and book your place:

For the latest news and updates on events or on how to contribute to this project, please visit: 

Cllr Angela Sandles, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Engagement, said: “This is such an exciting time for arts in Monmouthshire, I look forward to hearing everyone’s creative ideas and input. It will be great to see the development of a clear vision and collective goal for the future. I can’t wait to learn and see the opportunities that will come from this project and the success it will bring in developing a creative economy in Monmouthshire.”

About the team: Beth McIntyre, who comes from Monmouth and Ann Sumner have worked together for many years, having first met as colleagues at the National Museum of Wales. Ann is a former Head of Fine Art and Beth was Senior Curator (Fine Art – Prints and Drawings) at the museum. Together, they have extensive experience researching and scoping projects, leading consultations, organising networking events and working with artists.

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