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SPAN

30 years of community arts in Pembrokeshire

About

SPAN is a vibrant community arts charity based in Narberth, with a 30 year history of bringing the arts to rural Pembrokeshire.

SPAN is driven by the core belief that the arts have the power to improve people’s lives and acts as an agent for Arts as Social Change in West Wales.

We are ambitious for the arts in Pembrokeshire to inspire & connect rural people, places and communities creatively.

SPAN is committed to ensuring that all of our activities are inclusive, relevant and accessible to everyone.

Events

A high quality and diverse programme of music, theatre, voice, dance and carnival events held at variety of venues and settings across Pembrokeshire.

A couple of highlights include:

  • Live music at the Queens Hall with acts such as The Baghdaddies, Electric Swing Circus, Dabbla and more.
  • Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival
  • River of Lights Lantern Parade

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Projects

A vibrant and diverse programme of high quality arts and wellbeing projects that break new ground in the field of arts, health and social change

Recent highlights include:

  • SPAN Digidol – A 2 year experiment looking at how we can reach more people in the arts with more creative use of technology
  • Remote Choir – A  singing project developed in response to the increase in chronic and severe loneliness experienced by older people in Pembrokeshire
  • Cor Pawb – An mass intergenerational community choir with singers aged from 6 to 106.

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Volunteering

We provide opportunities for a wide range of people to gain skills, experience and take part in the community. This can be a vital lifeline for many isolated and/or vulnerable individuals living in rural areas.

“Accessibility and inclusion are buzz-words which are very rarely implemented. I was welcomed, there was no criticism and it was a great example of how teaching could be.” Lin Hill, Volunteer at Asylum Seekers Project.

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Work with us

Opportunity

We are seeking to recruit new Board members to our Trustee Board to help guide and support our leadership team through recovery and reopening and help to shape a viable post-covid arts offer for Pembrokeshire.

We are open to new ideas and approaches as we want to find new ways of working to achieve our mission to make ‘Art as social change in rural Wales.’

We are now looking for experienced, passionate and well connected new board members, with the energy and ambition to help steer Span Arts into the future.

We are looking for a diverse group of board members, with expertise and experience in finance, community development, the arts, equality, diversity, human resources and the Welsh language.

Downlaod the application pack for Board membership below:

SPAN Trustee Application Form 2020

Or if you would like to speak to someone informally to find out more please contact the Chairperson Cathy Davies at cathyfronfarm@gmail.com

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SPAN Friends

Love SPAN? Make friends!

Become a Friend of SPAN and support the charity to keep the arts alive in Pembrokeshire. 

For just £20 per year, SPAN Friends will receive ticket discounts, complimentary brochures posted to your door and special offers. But most of all you can feel good in the knowledge that you are contributing to safeguarding the organisation and helping bring culture to Pembrokeshire.

In addition, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Feel good factor in making an important contribution to the arts in Pembrokeshire!
  • Receive discounts on tickets for most events held by Span Arts (usually £2 discount)
  • Complimentary season brochure sent directly to each Friend
  • Ability to reserve tickets up to 1 week in advance
  • Receive special offers and deals ahead of others

Annual SPAN Friends Prices:

Adult: £20 per year (equates to £1.66 a month)
Concession:£17.50 per year for people in receipt of state pension, state benefits and students.

Become a SPAN Friend today!

SPAN Voting Members

Become a Voting Member of SPAN and have a say in its future.

SPAN is a Company Limited by Guarantee without a Share Capital. It therefore has Members who act as guarantors of the Charity.

In accordance with SPAN’s Articles of Association anyone can become a Member of SPAN providing:

  • You are over 18
  • Make a payment of £1
  • Agree to act as guarantors of the Charity i.e. you guarantee to contribute towards any debts owed by SPAN. This amount is limited to £1.
  • Your Application will be approved by SPAN’s BOARD OF TRUSTEES
  • You abide by the Terms and Conditions*, which are set out below.

As a member of the charity this enables you to vote on topics raised at the annual AGM.

WHAT WILL I RECEIVE IN RETURN?

As a Member of SPAN you are entitled to:

  • Attend the AGM and other general meetings.
  • To vote to elect those who wish to sit on the Board of Trustees.
  • Be informed on all major developments affecting SPAN business and services
  • Access to SPAN’s Annual Report and End of Year Accounts.
  • Opportunities to seek election to the Board of Trustees.

To apply please pay your one off payment of £1.

Purchase Voting Membership Fee

If your application is unsuccessful the £1 will be treated as a donation to SPAN.

*TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • I agree to act as guarantor of the Charity and to contribute towards any debts owed by SPAN. This amount is limited to £1.
  • I agree that my name will appear on the Register of Members
  • I agree to take responsibility that my information is kept up to date and accurate.

Meet the Team

Staff

  • Vicki Skeats, Finance Manager
    Vicki Skeats
    Finance Director
    Vicki has worked in the financial sector her entire life, but her passion has always been theatre. She was thrilled to join Span in 2019, bringing her skills to assist this vibrant and exciting community arts organisation.

     

  • Di Ford, Digital Marketing and Design
    Di Ford
    Digital Marketing and Design Assistant
    Di is a designer and illustrator specialising in set and costume design, puppetry and illustrating children’s picture books. Di’s core beliefs revolve around applying creativity into daily life. She embeds this into her work at SPAN as well as the communities, schools, and people she collaborates with. Her most recent projects have involved working for National Theatre Wales and Arts Council Wales Lead Creative School Scheme.

     

  • Emrys Barnes
    Programmer and Events Coordinator
    Emrys is an arts project-manager, specialising in administration, education and performing arts. He has worked for national companies, small independent organisations, and as freelancer, both in the UK and abroad.
    He also has experience as an independent creative producer, having predominantly worked in socially-engaged arts. He is particularly interested in arts and environmentalism, and is a coordinator of Wales Cultural Alliance’s Climate-Culture Working Group.

     

  • Molara, Community Engagement Officer
    Molara
    Molara, Community Engagement Officer
    Molara is an inspirational singer, songwriter, teacher and performer, who's maternal grandfather was a founder member of the George Formby society, and who's father's cousin was Fela Kuti. After a degree in drama and French literature, Molara went on to become an original member of dub dance pioneers Zion Train. She subsequently sung and recorded with a wide range of bands and artists which include Mad Professor, Femi Kuti, The Ruts DC and Baka Beyond.
    She is a musicologist and founded One Voice Choir in 2005 to celebrate her love of international singing techniques, and was one of the founders of The Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival in 2008. She is a trustee of the Natural Voice Network.
    She has delivered educational provision of music and the arts to people aged 0 to 106, of differing abilities and backgrounds since 1992, and has worked for Span Arts, National Theatre of Wales, Arts Council of Wales and Ruskin Mill Trust.
    She is a passionate advocate of human rights and has worked with Race Council Cymru, the Welsh government's Race Equality Action Plan, and in promoting Seni's Law following the death of her cousin at the hands of the police.

     

  • Nia Lewis
    Arts and Health Coordinator
    Arts and Health Coordinator Nia Lewis is a passionate advocate for the benefit of arts participation, at whatever level.  She is an experienced project manager, facilitator and textile maker and designer. Nia has worked with Span Arts on a range of projects over the last 5 years.

     

  • Rowan O’Neill
    Community Producer
    Rowan O’Neill is a freelance artist and performance maker from Felinwynt with over fifteen years’ experience of working collaboratively with communities on creative projects in West Wales.  Rowan is currently working with Span as Community Producer on the project Cân y Ffordd Aur / The Song of the Golden Road, a Radio Ballad that will bring together, consolidate and celebrate the work of Planed’s Preseli Heartlands project.

     

  • Ella Thornton
    Volunteer Development Officer
    Ella has been a recent trusty volunteer for the organisation, lives locally in Narberth and has a background in theatre. If you should have any questions about becoming a volunteer with us then please contact VDO@span-arts.org.uk

     

Trustees

  • Catherine Davies, Chair
    Catherine Davies
    Chair of Trustees
    Trustee of SPAN since 2014 when retired as Chief Executive of Hafan Cymru, national Welsh charity supporting people experiencing domestic abuse, after 35 years of working in the field of homelessness and domestic abuse. Extensive experience of management at a senior level, both of people and resources, and good skills in strategic management, networking, raising funding, dealing with local and national government and financial management. Director of Fron Farm Retreat, Chairperson of Carmarthen Youth Project and Chairperson of a community benefit society who hope to buy local pub and run a community hub.

     

  • Nikki Warrington, Treasurer
    Nikki Warrington
    Treasurer
    Nikki has been a trustee of SPAN since 2017 when she retired as Deputy Chief Executive of Hafan Cymru, national charity supporting people experiencing domestic abuse. Nikki has extensive experience of management at a strategic level, policy development and financial management.  Previous careers include Research Assistant / Lecturer and senior officer within Local Government. Has been involved with amateur drama groups for over 35 years.

     

  • Sue Gavin
    Sue Gavin has been a SPAN Board member for 2 years. She has had many varied jobs over her working life. The most recent being 17 years in the NHS working as a clinician/counsellor for West Wales substance misuse service. Occasionally Sue co-tutors courses based around wellbeing and mental health issues. Sue enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, swimming, and travel, she also volunteers for SPAN.

     

  • Lisa Marie De Benedictis
    A trained lawyer, Lisa now works in communications, PR and marketing and has over 9 years’ experience of working in IP development and business development. She is also a published poet and writer.

     

  • Simon Malpas
    (Known as Bertie Malpas.) Public School educated. Walked away from education after A levels to become a Zoo Keeper at Chessington. Worked in many fields since. Now works as leaflet distribution driver for Folly Farm. Have played trumpet for 50 years, stage managed and compèred for less long. Also worked in music video industry. Volunteer for SPAN.

     

  • Sue Lewis
    Sue Lewis has enjoyed a 30-year career in journalism and is now focused on community issues. She was involved in the £12m campaign to restore Cardigan Castle and is currently working on a project to rebuild a community hall in Aberporth. A mother of five, she is a community councillor, school governor, plus chair of Clynfyw Care Farm in Abercych. She is passionate about the arts, heritage and local politics.

     

  • Abi Marriott
    Vice Chair
    Abi works with PLANED as a Community Well-being and Resilience Officer. She previously coordinated a Mencap Cymru project. She is a graduate of Social Inclusion bringing skills in training delivery, communication methods and managing volunteers. She is passionate for everyone to have their voice heard and be included within their community.

     

  • Alan Cameron Wills
    Now retired, Alan worked as a computer programmer, researcher, tutor, and technical writer. He began in the days when a computer occupying an air-conditioned hall didn't have the power of the phone now in your pocket. He helps with Span's website and Map Digi Penfro.

     

A Potted History

  • 1986 Taf and Cleddau Community Arts was founded
  • 1987 First Children’s Festival (with acts such as No Fit State Circus)
  • Circa 1990 Secured funding from The Arts Council of Wales for the first time
  • 1998 Changed our name to South Pembrokeshire Arts Network
  • 2001 Became a company limited by guarantee known as SPAN
  • 2004 Span Development Project – A 3 year project taking arts into the villages
  • 2006 Purchased the SPAN building on Town Moor Narberth, with funds from Community Facilities Programme
  • 2008 Founded Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival
  • 2014 SPAN’s mission ‘Arts for Everyone/Celfyddydau i bawb’ was launched.
  • 2015 Secured 3 year Big Lottery Funding for The Cheerful Project
  • 2015 First River of Lights Lantern Parade in Haverfordwest in partnership with spacetocreate
  • 2018 Secured wide range of project funds to deliver on a number of key social change agendas, working across the county of Pembrokeshire.
  • 2019 New vision for Arts as Social Change in Rural Wales adopted
  • 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic – Operated exclusively online

Contact us

 

Phone: 01834 869323
Twitter: @spanarts 
Facebook: facebook/spanarts
Email info@span-arts.org.uk
Address: Span Arts
Town Moor
Moorfield Rd
Narberth
Pembrokeshire
SA67 7AG

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