Map Digi Penfro #2 – Narberth - Span Arts
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Map Digi Penfro #2 – Narberth

7th December, Span Arts, Town Moor, Narberth 10am – 4pm

Map Digi Penfro, the Pembrokeshire ‘deep mapping’ project returns for another community mapping day in Narberth on December 7th.  The day is an opportunity to share stories and knowledge about Narberth with the intention of recording information to an online map in order to create a ‘deep map’ of the town and surrounding area.

The term ‘deep map’ relates to a practice that has special relevance to Pembrokeshire.  In the Spring of 2002 artist and theatre director Cliff McLucas (1945-2002) walked the whole of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with the intention of creating a Deep Map, combining landscape picture with other media including text, diary, sound recording and moving image onto a multi-layered map.

Attendees to the Narberth mapping day are encouraged to bring items such as documents, photographs and objects that might hold information about Narberth through time and space as well as their own stories about the town.  In preparation for the day Span Digidol have enlisted the help of their Clwb Digi members who have been trained in digital recording, photography and how to upload materials to the map.

Clwb Digi digital mappers

According to McLucas’ mapping manifesto, “Deep maps will bring together the amateur and the professional, the artist and the scientist, the official and the unofficial, the national and the local.” The Span Digidol team will be joined at their base in Narberth by guide and storyteller Andrew Dugmore and other experts who will also share their knowledge in order to add to the map.

Participants from Span Digidol’s pilot mapping workshop in Garn Fawr in Summer 2019 had the following to say about the project:

“What a good idea!  The whole county will be involved in individual local projects as I understand it.  Presumably to contribute towards alleviating isolation in an already isolated community.”

“This is anyway a breath-taking place, but this experience has given greater insight and kept me thinking about it for long after the visit.”

“I think it is a really good idea.  It will allow people to see the history of different areas on a more personal level, and find out about more about family and friends.  It is also accessible to everyone.”

Map Digi Penfro are working with John Ewart from Planed’s DATRIS programme (Digital Assets and Training for Rural Innovative Solutions), Alan Cameron Wills, programmer and Span Digital Champion and Pembrokeshire College computing student Geraint Skeats.  All will be on hand to assist workshop participants to upload materials collected through digital photography, audio recordings and filming onto the map.

Map Digi Penfro has been developed through Span Arts’ Digidol project funded by LEADER and the Arts Council of Wales which is exploring new ways in which digital technology can be used creatively to increase connectivity and reduce loneliness and social isolation.

The session will run from 10 – 4pm

Provisional Time-Table for the Day
10am Introduction to map
11am Guided Walk around Narberth with Storyteller Andrew Dugmore
3pm Deep Mapping in Context informal presentation by Arts Educator Iain Biggs

Please book through the span website where a full itinerary will be published shortly.