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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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  • Queer Culture Jam
    Queer Culture Jam
    Sat 29th Jun - Sat 29th Jun
    Queer Culture Jam is a collaborative day of workshops, panel discussions, food and a dance party led by a range of local queer creatives and hosted by broadcaster and writer Damian Kerlin.
    See the schedule to book your tickets for each event:
  • Cân Sing Span Arts Singing Workshops
    Cân Sing Span Arts Singing Workshops
    Mon 1st Jul - Mon 15th Jul
    Span Arts (Can Sing)
    Cân Sing will now be taking place at the SPAN Building, Narberth, at the regular time of 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
    Limited sapces - Book by choosing the date below.
  • 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.
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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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  • 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


  • 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


    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


  • Queer Culture Jam
    SPAN Arts are proud to present Queer Culture Jam, a collaborative day of workshops, discussions, music, dance and more for our local community to share in the practice and stories of Queer local creatives.
    Queer Culture Jam is hosted by broadcaster and writer Damian Kerlin and offers a full day of events, from 11am until midnight, looking at sharing stories and working creatively and collaboratively. With workshops running throughout the day led by our local Queer creatives, Emily Laurens, Jane Campbell, Samara Van Rijswijk, Anna Sherratt and Niamh Amelia, there is a variety of activities exploring creative practice and identity to enjoy. These workshops will look at portraiture, textiles, storytelling, spoken word, scriptwriting, sci-fi and more as they explore ideas embracing uniqueness, self-identity and sharing your story through creative practice. The panel discussion “Queer Talk - How our identity can influence our practice”, hosted by Damian Kerlin will be both liv


  • Haverfordwest Lantern Parade 2024
    Haverfordwest Lantern Parade returns to Haverfordwest!
    SPAN Arts is excited to announce the return of the hugely popular Haverfordwest Lantern Parade in 2024.    Supported by the UK Government and powered by Levelling Up Fund funding, the Lantern Parade this November will bring the community together to celebrate Haverfordwest and Pembrokeshire.    Over the next few months SPAN Arts will put a call out to Creatives to put forward their ideas for the Parade and the giant puppets which be the centre point of the festival.   The shortlist of these ideas will then go to a public vote, where the community get to choose the festival of their dreams.   “SPAN aims to be artist-led and community-focused. The public vote will give the community the power to shape their own parade”.  Bethan Touhig Gamble, SPAN Arts Director   There will be free public lantern-making workshops in the run-up to the parade and lots of opportunities for people to get involved. To find out more follow SPAN Arts on social media or sign up


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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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