Articulture

Small-scale pilot commission for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) artists 

Apologies for the short notice but this may be of interest to someone.

Artists need to be Welsh or Wales-based.

The deadline is 23rd April at 5pm and artists must be available for The Big Splash weekend (20th – 21st July). Olivia Harris (olivia.harris@newportlive.co.uk) is more than happy to answer any queries, as is Lauren Hussein from Articulture, who can be contacted on lauren@articulture-wales.co.uk.

Articulture, in collaboration with The Riverfront, Newport invites BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) artists and arts companies based in Wales from any discipline to request support for the creation and delivery of new outdoor work.

Background

Since 2015, Articulture and a group of leading arts organisations and festivals (Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium) have worked together to co-commission and present new Welsh street arts and outdoor performance. We reviewed the process in 2018 and identified that BAME artists were under represented in terms of those we have supported. As a step towards addressing this, Articulture achieved funding and secured partners to pilot a strategic commission for small scale work and initiate a learning process for artists, partners, ourselves and the wider sector. 

Articulture is a creative organisation that aims to bring together practitioners to support the production of innovative, high quality outdoor arts in Wales. www.articulture-wales.co.uk

The Riverfront is a lively theatre and arts centre based in the centre of Newport bringing as many people as possible into contact with the arts and creativity. The Big Splash family street theatre festival is hosted by the venue annually and is a free event, with performances, workshops and community projects taking place across the city centre. This year’s event will take place on 20th – 21st July 2019.  https://bigsplashnewport.com/

Strategic commission aims 

  • Enable more BAME artists to create work for the ‘outdoors’
  • Raise profile of outdoor work made by BAME artists (in Wales & beyond) and support Welsh venues to programme it
  • Enable more individuals from BAME communities to see more diverse outdoor work

 We are looking to invest in work that is INNOVATIVE – ideas that are exciting and leave a lasting impression on the minds of those who encounter it and ENGAGING & CAPTIVATING – work that actively draws in and includes its audience. The Big Splash takes place at sites across the city centre so we are looking for ideas that can work in an urban context. The second performance for Articulture will be at a venue in mid-Wales – date t.b.c

We are open to work along any concept or theme.

 Eligibility and guidance  

  • Articulture exist to support the development of new work by artists in Wales; we can support projects that are developed in association with international artists but the lead partner on the project must be based in Wales.
  • We are looking for outdoor work from all disciplines and genres, including walkabout, circus, digital, street theatre and dance.
  • We are looking for small scale projects that require no more than £3,000 from the partners.
  • The commission will perform at The Big Splash Festival (20th – 21st July 2019) therefore the work must be available for this weekend. A second date will also be arranged with Articulture.
  • Proposals need to give consideration to the work being adaptable to being taken under cover in the event of bad weather or unforeseen programme changes.
  • Proposals must include planning, budget, and resources for a mandatory dress rehearsal for critical review by Articulture and performances at The Big Splash.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
  • Applicants must have the appropriate insurance cover for their proposal (eg: public liability / employee)
  • Artists must be prepared to work within the spirit of collaboration – in a positive and open way allowing space for active sharing and learning throughout the process of developing and touring work, through regular communication and ongoing evaluation.

We are open to supporting the touring of a project that has already raised its core creation costs, provided that the show has not already toured in Wales, and provided it clearly meets our priorities.

Commissioning funds 

The sum of money which has been raised collectively by the partners, is to invest in commissioning and touring of new work.

In summary the financial support available is up to £3,000 towards a total creation and performance budget. Match funding is not essential for this pilot commission but please do let us know if you will be drawing on other funds.

Additional support

In addition to the partnership funds, we can also provide the following support, the details of which will be agreed by the artist/Articulture once selected – 

  • Up to 3 days of mentoring by an appropriate professional
  • Support in the marketing of your work
  • Support where reasonably required with production management advice
  • Support to consider the legacy of the work

How to submit your proposal

For a application form and further details please email lauren@articulture-wales.co.uk

Deadline for commission proposals is Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 5pm. 

All the proposals will be considered by Articulture and The Riverfront the week beginning 22nd April following the deadline. We hope to let you know whether your proposal has been selected by 30th April. 

 

We may decide to invite applicants in for interviews to discuss ideas further. Applicants will be given sufficient notice and receive travel expenses where appropriate.

Taking Flight Theatre On Tour

peeling by Kaite O’Reilly

Taking flight -Directed by Elise Davidson

A co-production with Chapter Cardiff and The Riverfront, Newport

In shadow, never centre stage, 3 performers await their brief moment in the light, their words buried in dust, through the long corridor of time. We will unearth them here. We will hear them echo in the darkness.

This city will fall.

An opportunity to see Kaite O’Reilly’s award winning play ‘peeling’ across Wales during March and April. With interwoven BSL, live audio description and English captions at every show, peeling challenges you to experience theatre afresh. Whose stories do we tell? And who is there to bear witness?

14+ contains strong language

For information or to discuss access please email beth@takingflighttheatre.co.uk

http://www.takingflighttheatre.co.uk/

Tour Dates:

March:

8th & 9th @ Riverfront Arts, Newport – https://tickets.newportlive.co.uk/

13th @ Redhouse, Merthyr – http://www.redhousecymru.com/

14th @ Theatr Brycheiniog – https://brycheiniog.co.uk/

19th & 20th @ Theatr Clwyd – https://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/

21st @ Parc & Dare Treorchy – https://rct-theatres.co.uk/

23rd @ Y Galeri, Caernarfon – http://galericaernarfon.com/

26th @ Aberystwyth Arts Centre – https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/

27th @ The Torch, Milford Haven – https://torchtheatre.co.uk/

28th @ The Borough Theatre, Abergavenny – https://boroughtheatreabergavenny.co.uk/

29th @ Blackwood Miner’s Institute – http://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/bmi/content/welcome

April:

2nd @ Pontardawe Arts Centre – https://npttheatres.co.uk/pontardawe/

10th @ Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli – https://www.theatrausirgar.co.uk/en

30th – 2nd May @ Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff – https://www.chapter.org/

Our Audio Flyer: https://soundcloud.com/taking-flight-theatre/peeling-audio-trailer-v3-04dec18

Riverfront, Newport

Sleeping Beauty

This year’s family favourite pantomime at the Riverfront

Tuesday 4th December – Sunday 6th January 2019

Audio Described performance, Thursday 3rd January at 6.30pm. A free pre show touch tour at 5.30pm will help set the scene, ready for two fun filled hours of song, dance and drama for all the family!

Trouble is brewing at Newport Abbey. The Evil Dowager Aunt Draig (Lowri-Ann Richards) is searching for the missing Princess (Alice Rose Fletcher). Lord Griffin of Newport (Michael Geary) and his son the right honourable Dylan (Jack Ayres) with help from Mrs Midges the Housekeeper (Liam Tobin), Muddles the Gardener (Richard Elis) and Chortwood the mysterious Butler (Richard Nichols) make sure that true love wins out in the end.

The production contains flashing lights, loud music, loud bangs, strobe lighting, water and smoke.

To book your ticket, reserve a place on the Touch Tour and set aside an audio description headset, ready for the performance, you can call 01633 656679 or 01633 656757.

The website address is www.newportlive.co.uk/riverfront

Word of Mouth

Audio Described Performances

A Child’s Christmas Poems and Tiger Eggs

Dylan Thomas

A brand new ballet by award-winning Welsh Dance Company Ballet Cymru, narrated by Cerys Matthews.

Award-winning Welsh ballet company Ballet Cymru present a timeless interpretation of the Dylan Thomas classic A Child’s Christmas In Wales with music by Mason Neely and Wales’ own icon, Cerys Matthews.

Performances at The Riverfront in Newport, Friday 9th November and Saturday 10th November at 7.30pm.

Cerys Matthews will be reciting the poems by Dylan Thomas live with the Company at the Riverfront on both days.

The audio described performance at the Riverfront is on Saturday 10th November with a free pre-show touch tour at 6.30pm.

To reserve a headset and a place on the touch tour, please telephone the Riverfront Box Office on 01633 656679

The website address is newportlive.co.uk/riverfront

A Ballet Cymru/Riverfront Theatre co-production

 

Sleeping Beauty

The Riverfront pantomime 2018 to 2019

Audio Described performance, Thursday 3rd January at 6.30pm. A free pre show touch tour at 5.30pm will help set the scene, ready for two fun filled hours of song, dance and drama for all the family!

Trouble is brewing at Newport Abbey. The Evil Dowager Aunt Draig (Lowri-Ann Richards) is searching for the missing Princess (Alice Rose Fletcher). Lord Griffin of Newport (Michael Geary) and his son the right honourable Dylan (Jack Ayres) with help from Mrs Midges the Housekeeper (Liam Tobin), Muddles the Gardener (Richard Elis) and Chortwood the mysterious Butler (Richard Nichols) make sure that true love wins out in the end.

Sleeping Beauty runs from Tuesday 4 December 2018 until Sunday 6 January 2019.  The production contains flashing lights, loud music, loud bangs, strobe lighting, water and smoke.

To book your ticket, reserve a place on the Touch Tour and set aside an audio description headset, ready for the performance, you can call 01633 656679 or 01633 656757.

The website address is www.newportlive.co.uk/riverfront

Audio flyers for both of these productions are available, please contact Disability Arts Cymru if you would like us to email them to you. 

 

 

Mercury Theatre Wales

35 Times

By Bethan Morgan
Friday 14 September at 10.30am and 7.45pm

Audio Described performance, Friday 14 September at 7.45pm.

There is a free pre-show Touch Tour at 7pm. You can call 01633 656679 or 01633 656757 to book your ticket, reserve a place
on the Touch Tour and set aside an audio description headset, ready for the performance.

Tickets are £12 and £10 concessions.
www.newportlive.co.uk/riverfront

Jules’ Coffee Mornings are a place to get creative, to glue stringy balloon sculptures, to learn a waltz and to speak out.
Inspired by the real experiences of many brave women, join six who are now finding their voices. It’s not all just tea and biscuits. So you see, we know what you think of us, we know what we’ve become. That’s why we’re here…we’re trying to work out together how we move on. How we survive.

This production has a trigger warning of domestic abuse and the age guidance is 15 years and over.
Supported by Arts Council of Wales and RCT Theatres.

Riverfront, Newport

ALADDIN – THE RIVERFRONT PANTO 2017-18

From Tuesday 5th December 2017 – Sunday 7th January 2018

A whole host of colourful characters join Aladdin in his story as he struggles to see that good is rewarded and that bad is punished. There’s wicked Abanazar who tells everyone that he is the long lost brother of Widow Twankey’s late departed brother Dafydd. There’s the beautiful Princess Jasmine and her slightly domineering mother, the Empress Double Chinn. And at Suds-U-Like poor old Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee must wash a mountain of smalls for the Royal Wedding.

Full of song, dance, drama and spectacle, this year’s panto at The Riverfront offers two hours in the company of some of the greatest characters in the world of pantomime, fighting the good fight in some of the most exotic places.

Audio Described and BSL interpreted performances on

Thursday 21st December at 11.30am and 7pm

A TRADITIONAL FUN FAMILY PANTOMIME!

For full details please go here

Tickets from £6.50 to £20.50

The prices for Aladdin vary depending on which date and time you come along to see the performance, and where you sit in the auditorium.