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 

Creative Conversations in Usk

A meeting to explore expanding the opportunities for artists and craftspeople in Monmouthshire with an introduction from photographer Will Davies.

Usk Community Hub & Library, 35 Maryport Street Usk NP15 1AE

Wednesday 15 November 12.30 – 2 pm

Creative Drinks in Caldicot

Join us for this informal networking event for visual arts creatives in Monmouthshire. The evening with start with a talk from local artist Alison Heard. Alison is the founder of The Art Club Social, operating in the local area since 2019.

TogetherWORKS, Woodstock Way Caldicot NP26 5DB

Thursday 16 Nov 2023 6 – 8 pm

Following a successful application to Cardiff University Centre of Creative Economy by Monmouthshire County Council, SumnerMcIntyre have been appointed as Freelance Project Arts Producers to lead an exciting project to map the visual arts in Monmouthshire and scope out the opportunity for a Creative Cluster in the region.

The project team are keen to hear from as many people as possible who are involved in the visual arts in Monmouthshire or people who would like to contribute to shaping a future cultural policy, including venues, galleries, sculpture parks or studios. Across the next three months (October – December), creative residents of Monmouthshire have an opportunity to respond to a short survey, which can be found here:

There will be an opportunity to also network with SumnerMcIntyre at a series of networking events across Monmouthshire. 

The first networking event will be held on Friday, 20th October, at Wye Valley Sculpture Park, 2pm-4pm. Further details can be found here:

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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