BBC Wales are looking for arts and culture stories

 BBC Wales is a powerhouse of bold Welsh creative content. We lead the way in creative storytelling, and we’re known and celebrated around the world for the quality of our programmes. 

We are currently looking for art and culture stories to cover across Wales. The stories will be used to create short features that celebrate Wales uniqueness and its creativity. These videos will be posted across the BBC Wales social media sites. 

We aim to show the cultural and artistic endeavours going on in Wales right now, or over the next month or two. As well as promoting well-known talents and events, we’d also like to shine a light on hidden gems; up and coming talent and arts and culture stories that deserve to be told. 

We are looking for inventive artists, performers, facilitators and creators, hailing from the worlds of traditional and contemporary art, performance, crafts, theatre, comedy, screen and music. 

We are looking for talents, events and pieces of work that have something a little bit different to offer, that will capture the imagination of our audience, whilst showcasing the variety of artistic endeavours and people that live in Wales. That could be in terms of the subject matter, the creative process, materials, the artists themselves or any other component. 

This is a fantastic way for artists, performers and creators to show case their work on a large platform to audiences across Wales and beyond. If you think that you might fit the bill, please get in touch via email on [email protected], with name, contact details and a little bit about yourself and your involvement in the arts and culture.

Insync Inclusive Youth Dance Residency

Insync Inclusive Youth Dance Company is an inclusive dance company for young dancers who would like to work with a professional choreographer to create and perform dance theatre work.


When: Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd June, 10am-3pm
Where: Artis Community, The Old Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Pontypridd, CF37 1JW
Age: Insync is for dancers aged 12-25 and is a fully inclusive company .
Cost: Free

We’ll be creating a BRAND NEW! performance piece in the half term holidays with choreographer, Sarah Rogers, from Ransack Dance Company, and we are looking for new dancers to come and join the team!
We’ll be performing the work as part of Party Ponty on 14th July! 

For more info or to book a space email:
[email protected]
or Call: 01443 490 390

Ffilm Cymru Wales


Ffilm Cymru, the development agency for film in and of Wales, has launched a new programme to support the development of live-action family films.
                                                                                                                                       Ffilm Cymru’s ‘Hatch’ programme will develop up to four live-action family films based on existing IP and will support filmmaker and venue understanding of how to cater for that audience. Targeted training events and activities that bring kids into the development process will provide filmmakers with a unique opportunity to gain feedback from their target audience and to benefit from the advice of experts in the field.

Hatch is a response to the relative scarcity of independent live-action family films currently in the market, which corresponds with a lack of culturally and socially diverse film stories for families and children to enjoy. A partnership with respected children’s publisher Chicken House Books, Ffilm Cymru’s programme is launched on the heels of their new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which identifies age as an area of focus, along with gender, sexuality, disability, race & ethnicity, socio-economic status and the Welsh language.

As with all of Ffilm Cymru’s film funding, feature length projects involving a wales born or based writer, director or producer will be prioritised. Projects with Welsh cultural value will also be considered. Hatch projects will also need to be based on existing IP, whether that be a book, game, stage play or other form of IP.

Writers or writer/producer teams interested in applying to take part in the programme can register to attend a free training event in Cardiff on the 29th May here.

This first Hatch training event will include panel sessions with industry experts covering subjects such as Genre in the Market, Book to Film Adaptations, Engaging Audiences, and Commercialising IP, and includes a free networking lunch. Speakers include Matthew Baker from Hanway, Tim Collins, The Brand Director, The Observer’s Simran Hans, and Sam Missingham, founder of Lounge Books and previously Head of Audience Development at Harper Collins.

The deadline for Hatch applications is the 27th June at 17:30. Full guidelines and the application form for Ffilm Cymru’s Hatch programme can be found on their website.

Individuals interested in having their say about the current film provision for family audiences, can take part in Ffilm Cymru’s survey here.

Ffilm Cymru’s Hatch programme will be followed by Fledgling: a programme orientated around films for the distinct young adult demographic, which they welcome partnership on.

Helfa Gelf Open Studios

Registration Extended!
  As we have no booklet deadline this year, registrations have been extended and you can now register up to 11th June!
The Open Studios will run across the four weekends of September as usual :
7th – 9th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 23rd and 28th – 30th, with optional late night opening on Fridays (also as usual!)

In addition we have a super range of exhibition and residency opportunities for members at galleries across North Wales, including:

collaborations at Tŷ Pawb and UnDegUn, Wrecsam
a new collaboration with Plas Glyn y Weddw
a new residency at Stiwdio Maelor
a repeat of the popular exhibition at the beautiful Oriel Brondanw
a superb opportunity for artists with an interest in using new technology for their creative practice at Arloesi Pontio InnovationCall_out_Edge_2_Pontio .docx

Again there will be:
residencies at Galeri Caernarfon and Ruthin Craft Centre
exhibitions at the café at Oriel Mostyn
and lots more !
The first stage of our website makeover is now unveiled and it includes a simplified online registration process – if you are re-registering you will be asked to check and update last year’s information, new members will need to input their details …… so ensure you have all particulars to hand.   Go to to register.
Payment this year will only be possible by credit or debit card. 
Having not raised prices significantly for many years, this year we are raising existing price bands slightly, and introducing new price bands:
Silver (for one artist)                                           £70
Gold I (up to 3 artists),                                        £120                                   
Gold II (4 – 9 artists),                                          £185
Gold III (10 + artists)                                         £250
However as part of our shiny new look, group pages will now feature an entry of art image, name and brief contact details for each artist.   Make sure you are included if you want to be considered for an exhibition!
Bronze (webpage only) remains the same at        £35
Finally, as outlined in the last mailing, at the request of our funders, but also in response to feedback from last year, we are not going to produce the big booklet this year – for one thing it has proved almost impossible to produce a booklet with legible print and maps for the money we have available.  Instead we will shortly bring out a leaflet with details of our event and from the money saved by this we can fund better distribution and better promotion via the clusters, plus more emphasis on digital marketing via social media and the website, and online generally. 
This will include year round integrated social media coverage including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and linking into ‘featured artist of the week’ on the website, plus an improved website including:
mobile friendly website
cluster maps downloadable as pdf
fully interactive maps on website
improved search facility which shows which studios open each day
personalisable downloadable trail map for visitors.
We are very excited by the possibilities this year, and we hope you can join us! 
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.



Based: Cardiff        Terms: Full time    Salary: £30,750 subject to experience, plus pension

Ffilm Cymru Wales is looking for a driven and creative individual to manage the BFI Welsh Talent Network, aimed at identifying and supporting talented writers, directors and producers born or based in Wales at the start of their careers. They should be able to provide hands-on as well as structural support for filmmakers, shaping practical talent initiatives and events and forging relevant partnerships if required. They should enjoy working as part of a wider team dedicated to developing a diverse, sustainable and inspiring film sector in Wales.

Read the full job description here.


Youth Arts Cymru Network

Casgliad 2018

28th – 29th April

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Casgliad 2018 is created by inspiring and leading practitioners from Wales and the UK – 20 Stories HighCardboard CitizensYoung IdentityOperasonicMess up the MessCommon Wealth TheatreValleys KidsWelsh National OperaFioWales Millennium Centre and Jukebox.

Connect with the YANC network, and find out what’s coming up including RawFfest, Wales Youth Arts Festival.

Casgliad 2018 welcomes youth arts practitioners, emerging artists, students and anyone interested in a vibrant future for this essential sector.

Download E-Flyer here

View BSL flyer below

Venue: Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Pl, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

Booking: Tickets range from £5 – £60. Discounts for concessions and YANC members. Day and weekend tickets available. Please note this event is for those aged 18 and over.

Access: Casgliad is for everyone. Casgliad will be bilingual, wheelchair-accessible, and captioned for those who are Deaf and Hard of hearing. Contact YANC to book requirements prior to event.

Just booking a day ticket?

Cannot come for exciting ride of two days? The Casgliad programme is spread out over the weekend, so here is a rough guide to who is doing what on each day, to help you buy a one day ticket that feels right for you –

Saturday 28 April – Includes masterclasses, workshops, and discussion with 20 Stories High (Liverpool), Cardboard Citizens (London), and Youth Arts Network Cymru members including FioMess up the Mess, and Valleys Kids, as well as some surprise showcase performances. There is also an additional option of an evening social out in the bright lights of Cardiff!

Sunday 29 April – Includes masterclasses, workshops, and discussion with Young Identity (Manchester), as well as a focus on Welsh practice with a diverse range of Welsh companies and practitioners including Jukebox Collective(Dance), Common Wealth Theatre, Pete Duncan (Circus and Trainer), Operasonic (Music) and Rabab Ghazoul (Visual Arts). Youth Arts Network Cymru members will also be running creativity exchange sessions for artists to share practice and get hands on trying new ideas.

For booking,further details and for the BSL flyer please go here

Llantarnam Grange

Eighteen – The Lost Generation

The exhibition ‘Eighteen’ will  take place at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre from 6th October – 17th November 2018. We are seeking artists/makers aged between 18 and 41 to apply to present work commemorating the centenary of the end of World War I.

‘Eighteen’ aims to explore what it means to contemporary artists of the same age as those conscripted to fight in the “war to end all wars”. Conscription began in January 1916 for most single men from the ages of 18 to 41. After four years of conflict over five million British men had served and worldwide there had been almost 20 million civilian and military deaths. Every country involved in the conflict lost thousands upon thousands of young people including artists, writers, musicians, designers and poets, often referred to as the “Lost Generation”. The end of hostilities not only brought about a redrawing of the map of Europe but also the global cultural map. Its affects were not only political and cultural but also led to sweeping social change, suffrage and a shifting in the balance of world power.

The selected works will be displayed in Llantarnam Grange Art Centre’s second Gallery space and run alongside our Main Gallery Exhibition ‘Suffrage’.


Children’s Art Week

Children’s Art Week 2018

Taking place across the UK from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 June  

Registration is open for venues of all types and sizes – from museums and galleries to libraries, community halls and schools, to individual artists and makers. 

It’s a fantastic opportunity to encourage families, children and young people to visit local venues and enjoy fun creative activities that they might not have tried before – especially groups who might be new to your venue. Last year more than 16,200 joined in the fun across the UK. 60% of participants attending their activity were first time visitors to venues, and 30% of participants were audiences who were completely new to the arts. 

The first 40 venues / individual artists or makers to register events will receive £50 seed funding to support their event. All registered events will receive resources to help plan and promote their activities, publicity support plus free Children’s Art Week stickers to hand out on the day. 

Visit and sign up by Friday 18 May 2018. 

 For further information please contact – Ailbhe Mac Eoin 020 7729 5858

Email:    [email protected]

Children’s Art Week is run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, and supported in 2018 by the Kirby Laing Foundation.

Helfa Gelf

Arloesi Pontio Innovation

As part of our training and exhibition programme, and as a response to the interest in the Edge exhibition and seminar at Arloesi Pontio Innovation last November, we will be coordinating a mentoring and training programme followed by a curated exhibition in Arloesi Pontio Innovation’s White Box.

Do you have an interest in using new technology within your work?

Exhibition brief:  “Edge 2”

Artists will address questions about the modern world and our human experience within it.  Artists will use new technologies to innovate and push boundaries in their creative practice, helping them develop exciting new ways to better address questions about contemporary life.


The artists involved will use the technologies available in Arloesi Pontio Innovation ‘fabLAB’ from laser cutters, to scanners and 3D printers. Exploration of these new technologies will inform and innovate the creative practice of the artists.


The artists will share their journey and talk about their practice and use of the ‘fabLAB’ to Helfa Gelf/AAF members and the wider creative community. This will involve an exhibition launch event and artists will also be available at times during the exhibition period.

Economic Regeneration

The exhibition will allow local artists, business people and Helfa Gelf/AAF members to understand the potential of using new technologies as a creative tool and the different ways those technologies could contribute to the development of their own creative or commercial practice.


We will be selecting a maximum of 8 visual artists who would like to spend more time in Arloesi Pontio Innovation and be part of a group exhibition at White Box, from Friday 18th Jan to Monday 11th February 2019.  You will be offered on-going mentoring support from the mentor/curator.  The selection panel will include Helfa Gelf representation and the Edge 2 curator. The mentor/curator is Remy Dean, artist, author (including Evolution of Western Art), critic and Creative Agent, who has many years’ experience as an arts tutor, coaching creatives from concept to outcome.

Arloesi Pontio Innovation part of the University of Bangor, is a leading innovation centre and one of the UK’s finest maker spaces.  API is a place where the arts meets science.  Pontio fabLAB is a facility where you can gain access to digital manufacturing and prototyping equipment.  For more information Pontio Innovation fabLAB and follow the “innovation” tab then click on “fabLAB”.

Application process:

If you would like to apply please email: [email protected].

Deadline:  12pm Wednesday 16th May2018

Please note this opportunity is available to Helfa Gelf and AAF members only.