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SPAN

Celf fel newid cymdeithasol yng Nghymru wledig
Arts as social change in rural Wales

Inspiring and connecting rural people, places and communities creatively

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  • Sonic Spider: Musicians Workshop
    Sonic Spider: Musicians Workshop
    Thu 25th Jul 2024 10:00
    Narberth Scout Hut
    SPAN arts are offering a unique opportunity for local Musicians interested in improvisation, learning to play new, experimental instruments, and using musical skill to imagine yourself into the mind of another creature.
    Sonic Spider is an immersive, large scale, hypnotic, musical interpretation of the consciousness of the orb web spider, alone in her web, patiently waiting and listening – for the approach of prey or predator, or the wind and weather. Her whole world is perceived through vibrations, as she can hardly see.
  • SPAN Arts AGM - In person ticket
    SPAN Arts AGM - In person ticket
    Wed 31st Jul 2024 18:00
    Span Arts Building, Narberth
    The SPAN Arts AGM is being held on 31st July 2024.
    The AGM will be both online and in person. Tickets are free but booking is required to attend in person as there is a limited capacity.
  • Narberth Planters Workshops
    Narberth Planters Workshops
    Thu 1st Aug - Wed 4th Sep
    Span Arts Building, Narberth
    Make Narberth bloom! Join SPAN and fill your town with vibrant community-made planters.
    Join SPAN in make beautiful, recycled planters to fill Narberth with glorious colour. SPAN has received funding from the ‘Doing Small Things Fund’ to run a community planter project for the local community to take ownership of their town. Join forces creatively to make a difference to the town and fill Narberth with the vibrant, colourful plants that reflect our glowing community. These planters will not only look beautiful all year around but will be filled with edible plants available to all, housed in skilfully made, reclaimed wood planters.
  • BAMBOO by NoFit State
    BAMBOO by NoFit State
    Sat 10th Aug - Sat 10th Aug
    Colby Woodland Gardens
    We are excited to be hosting BAMBOO by NoFit State - a spectacular new high-impact, high-skill outdoor circus production using only bamboo and human bodies - revealing the fragility and beauty of our interconnected and interdependent life on this planet.
    The artists arrive at an empty stage, bringing bundles of bamboo. They build towering sculptures which morph, transform and become an improbable, delicate circus playground that seems to defy the laws of physics.
  • The Gentle Painting Project
    The Gentle Painting Project
    Wed 18th Sep - Sat 28th Sep
    We want your Earths, Clays and rocks! SPAN invites you to join Rhiannon Rees’s gentle painting project to map out your Pembrokeshire.
    We are delighted to invite you to participate in Rhiannon Rees’s Gentle Painting Project as part of SPAN Arts’ 2024 Love Stories to Nature program. For our latest commission for Love Stories to Nature, artist Rhiannon Rees is running a gentle painting project and for this we are collecting dry soil, rocks and pebbles from around Pembrokeshire.
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Take part in our Projects

  • Love Stories to Nature
    An environmental arts commission
    We invited artists and creative practitioners to send us their ideas for new work as part of our Love Stories to Nature commissions. All ideas needed to respond in some way to the prompt of The Environment.

     

  • We Move
    The We Move project is a partnership between Llwy Gariad Social Group and SPAN Arts with support from the BBC Children in Need We Move fund

     

  • SPAN are partnering with Unlimited UK’s International Partner Awards for Disabled Artists.
    SPAN are partnering with Unlimited UK's International Partner Awards for Disabled Artists.
    We are thrilled to be partnering with Unlimited UK for their International Partner Awards for Disabled Artists.

     

  • SPAN Cyrraedd
    Supporting all of SPAN's work is our new creative volunteering programme, SPAN Cyrraedd.
    A new volunteering project supported by WCVA’s volunteering fund and structured to support the engagement of those who are currently underrepresented within the arts in the region.

     

  • ArtsBoost
    Youth arts wellbeing sessions
    An artist-led animation course aimed at supporting 13-17 year olds awaiting NHS treatment for mental ill-health

     

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News

  • Creative Curiosity Celebration
    Celebrating a collection of creative voices from the rural communities of North Pembrokeshire in the culmination of an outstanding project.
    The Creative Curiosity Celebration marks the coming together of the work made as part of the recent Creative Curiosities workshops. This pioneering project by SPAN ARTS and its partners, Preseli Cares and PAVS (Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services), harnessed the power of creativity through artist-led workshops to address the inequalities experienced by the rural and Welsh speaking communities of North Pembrokeshire including Carers, Young people and those Over 50. Using the arts as a vehicle to support creative, community curiosity these workshops offered an accessible platform to share in what is missing in their lives and what changes need to be made. This exhibition will showcase the beautiful Textile, Digital and Visual Artworks developed through these workshops and celebrate the creative recounting of the communities built into the works.Our Visual Arts for Carers sessions led by artists Di Ford and Fran Evans used collage as a catalyst for conversation, The group c

     

  • We Move
    We Move Celebration
    We Move
    Join SPAN in celebrating the We Move project with an evening of music, film and performance.
    SPAN, in partnership with Llwy Gariad group of diverse people across West Wales, is proud to present an evening of celebration for the We Move project. Join us for films and music created and presented by We Move, a Children in Need funded youth-led project for global majority children and young people. Delicious food from Zahia’s Kitchen, live music from the We Move house band, aerial performance, followed by The Successors of the Mandingue with delicious grooves from the continent of Africa. The £1m We Move Fund: Youth Social Action aims to empower black children and young people to use their voice to tackle subjects that matter to them and create change. We know that global majority young people face many barriers in British society. Inequality, racism and discrimination can prevent them from accessing as many opportunities or services compared to their peers and engaging in soc

     

  • Lantern Parade Haverfordwest. SPAN Arts
    Join the Lantern Parade public vote, and decide the lead lantern for 2024!
    Lantern Parade Haverfordwest. SPAN Arts
    The Haverfordwest Lantern Parade will be back this October! This time with a difference, this time you get a say on what the parade will look like. SPAN Arts is inviting you to vote on the design of the iconic large lanterns that will lead the parade through the streets.
    You can vote online here, or pop down to the Castle Street Market on Friday the 12th and 19th of July to look at the designs and cast your vote.

     

  • Prepare for an early summer rendition of The Tempest!
    With a hope for a sunny evening, this year SPAN’s popular annual outdoor Shakespeare production will take place on Friday the 14th of June. Join SPAN and the Festival Players for a rousing production of The Tempest.
    After the exhilarating performance of Twelfth Night during the Summer of 2023, arts charity SPAN ARTS is delighted to be returning to the Idyllic Lampeter House to celebrate another year of captivating performance by The Festival Players with their production of The Tempest This exciting story of magic and turmoil promises to deliver an engaging Shakespearean experience, courtesy of Festival Players International, the UK's premier all-male touring company. With their trademark energy, clarity, and professionalism, the Players will present a vibrant and costumed staging that guarantees an evening of laughter and entertainment. Magic abounds, plots are exposed, and a colourful array of characters gain their deserts in a tale of a shipwreck like no other. This rendition of The Tempest is sure to deliver a captivating performance for all ages Patronized by the esteemed Dame Judi Dench, The Festival Players have amassed an impressive 60 years of combined experience in professional tou

     

  • BAMBOO
    NoFitState brings you an environmental circus masterpiece.
    NoFit State is the UK’s leading large-scale contemporary circus company. We produce Big Top and outdoor productions which tour the UK and internationally. We deliver a significant sector development programme with demonstrable impact and reach. Through our creative community programme, we engage with and inspire people of all ages from some of the most deprived and marginalised communities in the UK. We celebrate the true creativity that lies at the heart of every community and ensure a space for every voice to be heard.
    The artists arrive at an empty stage, bringing bundles of bamboo. They build towering sculptures which morph, transform and become an improbable, delicate circus playground that seems to defy the laws of physics. Inhabited by world-class circus artists and acrobats, the structures bend, and flex, adding to the tension, drama, and sense of jeopardy that lies at the heart of great circus. A meaningful, joyful

     

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Make, Watch & Do

  • Theatr Soffa
    SPAN's online live streaming community theatre company
    Theatr Soffa is an innovative online community theatre company presenting live-streamed community performances through zoom in both English and Welsh

     

  • Pererin Wyf
    Is Oilithreach Mé
    I am a pilgrim
    Sounding the way back through story and song
    Pererin Wyf / Is Oilithreach Mé / I am a pilgrim is a participatory arts project which sought to connect with the Welsh and Irish diaspora with particular reference to a new cross-border pilgrimage connecting Pembrokeshire and Wexford.  The project took its title and inspiration from an 18th century hymn by the prolific Welsh writer William Williams Pantycelyn. The hymn has been sung to the tune of Amazing Grace since Welsh singer Iris Williams made her landmark recording in 1971. This project culminated in May 2023 with an online documentary film screening and song sharing followed by a short live streamed concert at St Davids Cathedral. Pererin Wyf – Is Oilithreach Mé – I am a Pilgrim: Documentary Film

     

  • Watch This Making-of Film About The Song of the Golden Road!
    A radio ballad, an extended sound piece weaving together oral speech, ambient sound, traditional songs and newly created music and lyrics was created from the rich and deep material recorded.

     

  • Listen Now: Song of the Golden Road Radio Ballad
    A radio ballad, an extended sound piece weaving together oral speech, ambient sound, traditional songs and newly created music and lyrics was created from the rich and deep material recorded.

     

  • Shared Worlds Documentary
    Part of SPAN's COVID response and Pembrokeshire’s Campaign for Kindness

     

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