Experience | Place | Story – by playARK and yello brick

Experience | Place | Story

How can we use playful strategies to create new narratives of place and community?

Fri 23 March 2018  10:30 – 13:30

St. Fagans National Museum of History  Saint Fagans  CF5 6XB

What’s it all about?

A creative morning that delves into ways in which place, experience and story can be explored through digital and analogue technologies. Against the noisy backdrop of investment in VR and AR can we create new dialogues with audiences that arouse the senses, engage the emotions, and that are attuned to the environment.

The event will feature presentations from creative organisations and artists that have produced work at St Fagans National Museum of History.

Who’s it for?

The event is aimed at anyone who is interested in creating digital and/or analogue site-specific projects that connect people, story and place.

The day will be split into two parts:

10.30am -1.30pm
Talks and presentations focusing on exploration and discovery through creative practice. This will feature contributions from St Fagans’ artists in residence, members of the digital team and researchers on immersive media. The morning session will be followed by lunch and networking.

2pm – 4pm [optional]
In the afternoon guests will be invited to take part in St Fagans’ new immersive storytelling experience Traces (Olion) or can attend a games making workshop with yello brick producer Alison John (places for the workshop are limited to the first 20 sign ups).

Free Event

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Tŷ Newydd Courses

Upcoming Courses

Writing about Climate Change

Dates: 23 – 25 March 2018
Tutors: Emily Hinshelwood & David Thorpe
Fee: £220 – £295

Song and Lyric Writing

Dates: 9 – 14 April 2018
Tutors: Stewart Henderson & Willy Russell
Fee: £495 – £625
Places are limited

Emerging Writers: Writing, Editing & Publishing Prose

Dates: 4 – 9 June 2018
Tutors: Tiffany Murray & Tristan Hughes
Fee: £495 – £625

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for our Step Up:

Only a few days left to apply to our Step Up: Interpreting Collections course

Step Up: Interpreting Collections is Outside In’s training and professional development programme that provides participants with the skills to research and interpret works of art. This year the course will take place at the prestigious Wellcome Collection again. In this email you will learn more about Step Up and what the programme offers.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, this Friday 2nd March.

To apply, you need to complete a short application form. For more information and to download a form, see here.

Adobe Photoshop for Artists & Crafts people

Reworking photographs of artwork 

By the end of this one-day course it is expected you should be able to prepare photographs of your artwork for a variety of digital uses. These could be for online applications for funding, exhibition opportunities, websites, social media, email or print.

More info and booking:

Wednesday 28th March @ School of Creative Studies and Media, University of Bangor
Click to book


“Photographing your own work”.  A session for 3D artists, taking place at Ruthin Craft Centre on 13th March. NB: This is full but please click to add your name to the waiting list.
and for 2D artists at Theatr Colwyn on 15thMarch.  Click to book

Create with Schools

Calling artist educators who have been working with schools for 3 or more years.

Join us for a free training session with Cubitt Education, where you’ll learn, share, collaborate and create. Cubitt Education produce a programme informed by the context of the locality and contemporary art practice. They work to connect artists, school and communities living in Islington, London and to trigger new approaches to understanding, interpreting and producing art.

The workshop will include:

  • an update on the new curriculum
  • inspirational case studies to connect with schools, teachers and young people
  • the chance to reflect on your own practice and explore pushing boundaries in your creative delivery.

More info and booking:
Monday 19th March @ Mostyn, Llandudno

Tuesday 20th March @ Oriel Pawb, Wrexham

The Extend Leadership Programme 2018-19

Open for applications until 10am, Tuesday 3 April 2018

The Extend Leadership Programme is open to applicants working in learning and education roles in the arts and museums and libraries.

The Programme enables mid-career professionals to acquire and apply leadership skills, working with a cohort of peers from across England, Wales and Scotland. Through a combination of intensive residentials, opportunities to explore aspects of leadership through group projects, mentoring and personal development planning – participants gain opportunities to explore and reflect upon their current practice, to meet with inspiring leaders in the sector, to develop their own projects, and plan for the future.

Extend was developed in response to the under-representation of learning and education staff in leadership within the arts and cultural sectors. Almost 100 colleagues have graduated from the Programme, which is now in its ninth year.

‘I have gained a clearer understanding of leadership and my role, heard from practical and inspiring speakers and met a fantastic new support group.’
Extend Alumnus

The 2018-19 Extend Leadership Programme will support up to 14 colleagues working in learning and education roles in the arts and cultural sectors who consider themselves to be mid-career and aspire to leadership. It is envisaged that places will be allocated as follows:

  • 10 places will be for candidates working in England
  • 3 places will be for candidates working in the creative arts in Scotland
  • 1 place will be for a candidate working in Wales.

Applicants working and resident in England or Wales may work in the arts, museums, libraries or heritage in either employed or freelance roles – or a combination of both. Applicants working and resident in Scotland must work in the creative arts in either employed or freelance roles – or a combination of both.

Visit www.engage.org/extend1819 to learn more and apply for Extend.

Training with Learning Disability Wales

Effective Communication with People with a Learning Disability

This course aims to help those that work with people with a learning disability play a role in helping those they support live their life to the full and be included.

Delegates will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills, and learn about a range of communication concepts and techniques that can be used to facilitate effective communication with people with a learning disability.

12 April in Cardiff

Click here to see more information and to make an online booking.

This course is ideal for people working in a range of settings including personal assistants, support workers and learning disability service providers. Parents and carers will also benefit from attending.

Glyn Vivian Activities

February Half Term: 

Ocean Exploration Extravaganza

20.02.18 – 25.02.18 

Glynn Vivian invites you to a week of mind-boggling creativity as we bravely explore the wonders of the deep sea in a series of workshops for all the family.

For all ages

CHERISH: Climate Changes and Coastal Heritage

24.02.18, 15:00

Inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition, join CHERISH, a team of researchers and conservationists, to discuss the impact of climate change on the cultural heritage of reefs, islands and headlands of the Welsh and Irish regional seas. 

Booking essential
Image: Jaanika Peerna, Sublime Ooze, 2018. Courtesy of the artist

Masterclass with Alexander Duncan

03.03.18 & 04.03.18, 11:00-16:00

Join award-winning Swansea artist, Alexander Duncan and learn a range of mould making and casting techniques before creating your own artwork.

Booking essential 16+
£80 for two day workshop – All materials provide


Facilitator Training 

Mess Up The Mess is looking to run its hugely successful Facilitator Training again in April and June this year.

Over 3 days the founding artists of MUTM will introduce you to their approach to youth arts facilitation, including inclusive approaches, workshop planning, approaches to devising, working with groups, using theatre as a vehicle for youth development and loads and loads of games!!! The training will also feature guest facilitators sharing their approach to youth arts. We’re hoping to offer this training free in April and June in Pontardawe. If you’re interested in a place, contact us at info@messupthemess.co.uk, and we’ll let you know first when we’re ready to take bookings.