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.
Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture Symposium III
Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PZ Monday 1 October 2018 – 9.30am – 2.00pm
The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is pleased to announce the Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture National Symposium III. The event, hosted by Taliesin Arts Centre, will feature artists Dr Daniel Baker and Daniel Turner plus guests including Dr Ethel Brooks, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology at Rutgers University, US and a Tate-TrAIN Transnational Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros, professional dancer, dance historian, critic, and Roma scholar of Coventry University, Dr Annabel Tremlett, Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work at Portsmouth University and Isabel Raabe, co-founder together with Franziska Sauerbrey of the office for cultural affairs in Berlin who are also the instigators and coordinators of the international project RomArchive: Digital Archive of the Roma. This varied range of speakers with their diverse areas of expertise will open debate regarding the contemporary climate of GRT arts and the wider implications for society.
This exciting event will take place in the context of the Gypsy Maker 3 project; the unique RCAC venture that facilitates the development of innovative works by established and emerging artists from GRT backgrounds. The project aims to stimulate dialogue across communities about the ways in which art continues to inform the lives of individuals and communities today. For this third phase of the project the RCAC, in association with g39 gallery, toured an exhibition of newly commissioned works by Daniel Baker, Artur Conka, Shamus McPhee and Billy Kerry titled Shiftwork across venues in Wales.
“The arts bring enjoyment and inspiration to our everyday lives. Taking part in the arts, whether as an individual or a member of a community, helps bind us together in a celebration of our common humanity. But the arts can also help us to understand what is distinctive and important to protect in the differences that define us all. The arts help us to explore and express the things we have in common and our place in the world. A fair-minded and tolerant society values and respects the needs, interests and creativity of everybody. It’s a society that’s impatient of disadvantage, which embraces equality and celebrates diversity. We want the arts in Wales to include everyone. We know this will make the arts in Wales more vibrant, exciting and relevant. We warmly welcome the contribution that this second Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture National Symposium will make to that debate.” Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive Arts Council of Wales
“I’m delighted that Taliesin is hosting the 2018 symposium and helping to break down the ignorance and prejudice that persists about GRT communities. Artists are again at the forefront of busting stereotypes and bringing light and understanding to what remains a serious problem in our society “–Sybil Crouch, Head of Cultural Services, Taliesin Arts Centre
‘As representatives of an international project that itself seeks to break down prejudices through promoting culture and the arts, we are convinced that Gypsy Maker 3 will play an important role for the recognition and appreciation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture—a culture that is centuries old, most lively and varied to this day.’ Isabel Raabe and Franziska Sauerbrey, Project Initiators and Directors of RomArchive – Digital Archive of the Roma
We anticipate that this exciting half-day symposium and exhibition showcase will generate great interest so please book your place early by writing to The Romani Cultural & Arts Company at: [email protected]
Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PZ Monday 1 October 2018 – 9.30am – 2.00pm The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is pleased to announce the Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture National Symposium III. The event, hosted by Taliesin
Today we were utterly privileged to have a talk by Nick Elphick Sculptor as part of the North East Network Meeting, Disability Arts Cymru. This was absolutely inspiring, candid, moving and there were a few tears along the way from members who were personally moved by listening to Nick’s account. Fantastic experience and many, many thanks to Nick for his sincerity and unmistakable humility. www.nickelphicksculpture.co.uk/...
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 www.helfagelf.co.uk 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.
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 –
Beyond The Border returns to St Donats Castle for a 2-day Birthday Barnstormer celebrating 25 years of the very best international performance storytelling. Storming The Barn!!
The 25th Birthday Barnstormer will be a very special event, with limited ticket numbers and performances centred around The Castle, The Blue Garden, the new Moondance Hall, and of course the medieval Tythe Barn.
Taking part in BTB2018 will be some of the finest musicians and storytellers from Wales and the World, including Sweden, Finland, Italy, India, Belgium, Norway and Palestine….
There will be BSL interpreted performances on both days. (Click below for details)
Expect fables and myths, music and magic, love stories and laughter, fun and games for children and fairy tales for grown-ups, all in the beautiful grounds of our castle by the sea.
As part of the Birthday Barnstormer celebrations, we will also be celebrating Visit Wales’ 2018 Year of the Sea. Our programme will include Stories of The Sea, from Pirate Tales to Viking Myths to stories of Migration across The Mediterranean. Plus stories of ancient times to modern stories. We also have some special guests performing stories from the Mabinogion.
Artists already confirmed include author JOANNE HARRIS (Rune, Chocolat), ROBIN WILLIAMSON (Incredible String Band) , Classical Indian Sufi singer SMITA BELLUR, award-winning storytellers HUGH LUPTON & DANIEL MORDEN (Classical Association Award), author and storyteller SALLY POMME CLAYTON, BEN HAGGARTY (Crick Crack Club), PAOLA BALBI (Italy) MARKUS LUUKONEN (Finland) TORGRIM MELLUM STENE (Norway), JOE BAELE, TOM VAN OUTRYVE (Belgium), CATH LITTLE, TAMAR WILLIAMS, MICHAEL HARVEY, GUTO DAFIS and more, many more ….To buy tickets
Disability Arts Cymru invites you to submit work for theDAC ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2018 Image by Suzie Larke The theme of this year’s open exhibition is ‘On The Edge’ Through our DAC Annual Exhibition we showcase and tour the work of Wales-based disabled and deaf artists or those living with long