UCAN Create – Creative Masterclasses for young people

UCAN-logo_cmykUCAN Create – An exciting collaborative project between UCAN Productions and yello brick, which aims to inspire and encourage young people to create and produce their own unique artistic work.

The next workshop will be on Friday the 4th of December, 5:30-7:30 at Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences on Maindy Road

To apply and book your place or for further information
Call: 02920 870554
Email: ucancreate15@gmail.com

 

UCAN Productions, an arts organisation for blind and visually impaired young people are partnering with yello brick, a company that create unusual events in everyday spaces, to run a series of masterclasses for professional development within the arts. UCAN Create is offering young people between the ages of 16 – 26 the opportunity to create, produce and showcase their own work. Through a series of masterclasses, participants will be able to learn new skills and techniques from a wide variety of arts practitioners who are working at the cutting edge of their profession. From new digital practices to theatre in unusual spaces, the programme will offer new ways of thinking creatively about how to make work. In addition, UCAN Create will provide practical advice on how to progress into making a career within the arts in Wales and the UK.

The project will run until July 2016 and the end of the project will see a celebration of the work created during the programme at the UCAN Productions Festival at the Wales Millennium Centre, on July 26th.
Mared Jarman, a Member of UCAN Productions commented; “We want to give young people the freedom and opportunity to explore their creativity in a safe environment and showcase it to the public.” Some of the themes that will be explored during the master classes will be, game design and story worlds, sound based experiences, scent based experiences, multi sensory performance, multi narrative worlds, digital work and challenging established formats in Wales.

UCAN Create is funded by the Arts Council of Wales
Info on Masterclass One:
Making Games in Our City Scapes with yello brick
The UCAN Create Masterclasses will kick off with partners yello brick running a workshop on how to make physical games in everyday spaces. This practical session will cover everything from the creative conception to practical implementation of making our city’s more playful.

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• BACKGROUND INFORMATION
– Background on UCAN Productions
– UCAN Productions is an award winning performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their friends between the ages of 7 and 25. Based in Cardiff, UCAN (Unique Creative Arts Network) works across the UK and exists to prove that visual impairment is no barrier to success. Programmes help to develop physical and vocal confidence, raise aspirations and promote individual abilities. The organisation was established in 2005 by professional actor/director Bernie Latham and his wife Jane to enable blind and partially sighted young people in the UK to have access to the arts. The couple were inspired to create the organisation after volunteering for a blind school in Sierra Leone, West Africa. In the beginning, UCAN worked with twelve visually impaired young people in Cardiff and now has a growing membership of over 600 blind and partially sighted young people throughout the UK. UCAN works in partnership with many organisations including RNIB Cymru, Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Disability Arts Cymru and Action for Blind People. In 2012 Jane Latham was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship, which has allowed the organisation to build links with similar organisations in the United States. The organisation is managed by a highly committed and professional board of Directors and UCAN Productions’ Young People’s Steering Committee (YPSC), which has nine members made up from the original first group from 2005.

– Background on yello brick
yello brick is a company that builds engaging and participatory experiences for brands and organisations. Their work is playful, curious, challenging and disruptive. They help brands and organisations connect with audiences on the deepest level. They take inspiration from the stories they have to tell and create tailor made experiences that take their audiences on a journey, placing them at the centre of the story. In the past they have made an epic urban adventure game in the streets of Cardiff, a site specific storytelling app for cycle routes in Wales and an online interactive event for new opera audiences. So far they have worked with Welsh National Opera, Sustrans Cymru, National Library of Wales, Sinfonia Cymru, Cardiff University, TaikaBox, Design Commission for Wales, The Welsh Language Commission and National Theatre Wales. Over the last few years highlights have included winning the BAFTA Games Commended multiplatform game REVERIE and interactive digital experience I Am Tudor for Welsh National Opera.

– UCAN Lead Information
– UCAN Create is the next phase of the workshop leader training course UCAN Lead. UCAN Lead was a yearlong drama workshop leader training programme, which was led by professional expert Dinos Aristidou and came to an end in March 2013. The UCAN Lead Level 1 programme equipped participants with the skills to become workshop leaders and we are delighted to say that a number of the participants have since gone on to be employed as workshop leaders. UCAN Lead was all about becoming a good workshop leader and facilitator. UCAN Create is all about creating, producing and showcasing your own work.
• Interviews, founder members Mared Jarman,21 and Megan John, 23 both are registered blind and have gone through the UCAN Lead process and now work UCAN Productions. Both are fluent in Welsh and English.
mared@ucanproductions.org – 07791399133
megan@ucanproducations.org – 07776326493

 

CRAFTY COMMUNITIES

Gwynedd councilKeen to start your own business? Fancy working from home?

Would you like to use your creativity? Want to learn more

about selling your products locally and online?

The Community Arts Unit at Gwynedd Council will be delivering a training programme entitled Crafty Communities for the residents of Gwynedd.

The purpose of the course is to offer guidance and encouragement to students who are eager to learn more about creating crafts and gifts from home.

The course is suitable for all; for those who are unemployed or those who would like to explore new career opportunities. You may already have an art

background but need advice and new ideas. You may be completely new to this type of work and are looking to learn new skills and techniques.

This course is for adults of all ages, backgrounds and ability:

Come to learn, explore and enjoy!

A series of 8 sessions are provided which will be held between 9:30am-12:30pm on

Tuesdays during October & November (6/10/15 – 24/11/15)

Christmas Craft Fair: Storiel, Bangor 28 & 29 o Dachwedd.

Course location: Unit 7, Iard, Parc Glynllifon, Ffordd Clynnog, Nr. Caernarfon, Gwynedd. LL54 5DY

*Please wear warm clothing as the workshop can be a little cold at times.

 For more information and to register please get in touch

 Gwawr Wyn Roberts

Community Arts Development Officer

 Archifdy Caernarfon, Cyngor Gwynedd, Caernarfon. LL55 1SH

01286 679721 / 07789 032517

GwawrR@gwynedd.gov.uk

Awydd cychwyn busnes? Ffansi gweithio o adra?

Eisiau defnyddio’ch creadigrwydd? Hoffi dysgu mwy

am sut i werthu cynnyrch yn lleol ac ar y we?

Mae Uned Celfyddydau Cymunedol, Cyngor Gwynedd yn cynnal rhaglen hyfforddi o’r enw Cymunedau Crefftus i bobl Gwynedd.

Pwrpas yr hyfforddiant yw rhoi arweiniad ac anogaeth i fyfyrwyr sy’n awyddus dysgu mwy am greu cynnyrch crefft ac anrhegion o gartref.

Mae’r cwrs yn addas i bawb; i rai sy’n ddi-waith neu i rai sy’n awyddus mentro i faes newydd. Efallai bod gennych brofiad blaenorol

o gelf ond angen cyngor a syniadau newydd. Efallai eich bod yn hollol newydd i’r maes a’ch bod yn edrych i ddysgu sgiliau a thechnegau newydd.

The Night Out Young Promoters Scheme.

Night outThe Night Out Young Promoters Scheme helps groups of young people put on professional shows in their local area by taking away the headache of financial risk.

The 2-year project, funded via the Arts Council for Wales, is open to groups of between 5-30 young people aged 7-22 years in Conwy Communities First areas. Once a group have been identified a facilitator will work with the group via a series of 6 workshops to help them select and promote a show for the local community.

The project teaches skills from finances, how to write press releases, promote a show, invite local VIPs, obtain sponsorship as well as build confidence and self esteem.

There is a huge range of shows and artists available that they can choose from. Examples of the kind of shows available can be seen here: www.nightout.org.uk/searchshows.asp.

If you want any more information please contact Rhian Cadwaladr

Email/Ebost: rhiancadwaladr@mac.com

Phone/Ffôn: 07818424283

Diben Menter Noson Allan yr Ifanc yw helpu grwpiau o bobl ifanc i gynnal sioeau proffesiynol yn eu hardaloedd drwy ysgwyddo’r baich ariannol ar eu rhan.

Mae’r prosiect yn un dwy flynedd o hyd ac wedi ei ariannu gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru. Mae ar gael i grwpiau o rhwng 5 a 30 person ifanc sydd rhwng 7 – 22 mlwydd oed ac yn byw yn ardaloedd Cymunedau’n Gyntaf Sir Gonwy. Unwaith i grŵp ddod ymlaen bydd hwylusydd yn gweithio gyda nhw drwy gyfres o 6 gweithdy i’w helpu nhw i ddewis a hyrwyddo sioe ar gyfer eu cymuned.

Mae’r prosiect yn dysgu sgiliau fel trin arian, llunio datganiad i’r wasg, hyrwyddo sioeau, gwahodd enwogion lleol a cheisio am nawdd. Mae hefyd yn meithrin hyder a hunan barch y bobl ifanc.

Mae amrywiaeth anhygoel o sioeau ac artistiaid i ddewis o’u plith. Mae enghreifftiau o’r sioeau posib i’w gweld yma: www.nightout.org.uk/searchshows.asp.

I wybod mwy cysylltwch â Rhian Cadwaladr.

Ebost: rhiancadwaladr@mac.com

Ffôn: 07818424283

 

Foundation for Community Dance

FCD’s International Event – October 2014

foundation for community danceOur inaugural international community dance event, People Dancing, Dancing People will take place in Cardiff, Wales in October 2014.

The event will bring together artists, practitioners and researchers from around the world that are concerned with community and participatory dance.

Through a programme of presentations, practical workshops and performance work, the event will provide opportunities for learning, sharing practice, debate, professional development and international networking. The event will be the largest specialist event held for community and participatory dance in over ten years.

Full details of the event will be published in September 2013.

A worldwide call for contributor submissions will made between September 2013 – January 2014.

For further information contact Richard Parr, Producer – richard@communitydance.org.uk

Web site address:  http://www.communitydance.org.uk

 

 

Creative Fun and Friendship: School Holiday Workshops

Vision 21

WorkshopsVision 21 are offering Creative School Holiday ‘Fun and Friendship’ workshops in Cardiff for 3 weeks in 2013  for 14 – 17 year old’s with learning needs: supported by BBC Children in Need Fun & Friendship Project Funding.

Workshops will offer participants the chance to learn skills in drumming, drama, dance & movement and art & crafts – building practical, social & personal skills: boosting confidence & self esteem – whilst making new friends!

Young people aged between 14 – 17 are eligible for free placements on the workshops.  Fun & Friendship students can sign up to week long placements during specific school holiday periods.  (Transport and additional 1:1 support costs are not provided).

Fund and Friendship workshops will run in Sbectrwm Community Enterprise Centre on the following dates:

  • 25th – 28th March
  • 12th – 16th August
  • 19th – 23rd August

Places are limited, so please contact Vision 21 to register interest:

Telephone:  02920 621194

Email:  admin@v21.org.uk

Web site:  www.v21.org.uk