From Syria With Love – Exhibition | Opening night Thursday, 10th Dec at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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Come and join us for an art exhibition of drawings created by Syrian children living in the refugee camp in Lebanon.

Every child has the right to dream.

The exhibition has been organised by Baraa Ehsaan Kouja, a Syrian student at the University of Exeter and iNEED volunteer Natatsha Cadman.

There will be around 25 prints of drawings and paintings made by Syrian refugee children aged 12-18 currently living in Al-Abrar refugee camp in Lebanon. Some of the works reflect the trauma that the young people have experienced, while others are more hopeful and optimistic.

“There is now a lost generation of Syrian children – children who are losing their education, who have been forced to thinkabout war and destruction rather than peace and love” Baraa said.

“These paintings show something of the awful reality that Syrians have endured, but also their dreams. I have lived in Exeter for a year, and have met many wonderful people working for the relief of refugees, both at the university and in the town this exhibition complements that work by showing the real experiences of real refugees”.

Alongside each picture, as well as the title and the name of the artist, there will be a photo of the tent they are currently living in, and a brief statement of that child’s dream.

FUNDRAISER EVENT – DIABETES UK

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Maisie-Jo Clifford talks with women about emotional vulnerability

WEDNESDAY 25 NOV.
FROM 1PM.
Creative and Therapeutic Arts student Maisie-Jo Clifford will be at The Project Space talking with women about emotional vulnerability.

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MORE INFO. ABOUT THE PROJECT:
“Hello! My name is Maisie and I am a third year Creative and Therapeutic Arts student. To inform my art practice, I will be holding a pop-up shop in Newport Project Space on the 25th November at 1pm to open my practice to female members of the public. I am focusing on feminist protest and protest art work, and have created a series of illustrations so far depicting acceptance of female emotional vulnerability, and encouraging women to feel that it is perfectly fine to feel vulnerable and experience difficult emotions, that this does not in any sense make them ‘weak’ whatsoever. I am inviting women to come down to my stool where I have created some illustrations linking emotions to where you may feel them in/on your body, and I am extremely interested in discovering other people’s experiences of what they feel and where they might feel them; for example ‘what makes your stomach flutter?’ and ‘what gets your heart pumping?’. These are questions that I am encouraging people to answer and talk to me about. These experiences and answers will then be made into illustrations of their own by myself, much like the ones which will be displayed in my space. Consent forms will be provided to inform me whether or not you would like your name in the illustration or you would like it to remain anonymous etc., and so I can also obtain general consent of your participation. There will also be illustrations and drawings which people can keep if they wish! Look forward to seeing you there, thank you!”

W H Davies Young Poets Exhibition Launches at The Project Space

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To celebrate the overwhelming success of the first ever W H Davies Young Poets Competition, an exhibition of all the work entered is being held at The Project Space in Newport High Street.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Newport’s legendary tramp poet, W H Davies, The Riverfront Theatre held a poetry competition for writers aged 16 years and under, with a cash prize of £100 on offer for the winning poet.

Writers were asked to consider the opening lines of Davies’ poem Leisure, and compose work on the theme of nature. Hundreds of entries were received and all will now be displayed at The Project Space as part of a free exhibition.

The winner of the first ever W H Davies Young Poets Competition was Diesel Williams for his poem ‘A View of Nature’.

Competition judge, Paul Chambers, said: “We have been overwhelmed by both the quality and quantity of work submitted. Congratulations go to Diesel Williams for his winning poem – a superb composition on the power and beauty of nature, with a poetic technique not too dissimilar from Davies himself! We very much hope to be able to continue with and develop the competition to provide encouragement and incentive for our young writers.”

The exhibition will run from Monday 05 until Saturday 31 October.

Family Fun Day

Sat October 3rd from 11am to 4pm. 
Vintage stalls, poi workshops, jumble sale, mini golf and more!
Free entry.

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[ MOLECULE ] ‘How The Dead Live’ : Participate this week in a work in progress by Stephen Donnelly

As part of the Tin Shed Molecule artist develop programme which aims to develop and nurture performance art from the region.

Resident artist Stephen Donnelly is doing a set of drop in session at The Project Space in Newport this Thursday (24th), Friday (25th) and Saturday (26th) for his work in progress performance How The Dead Live. If you’re interested in meeting up with Steve and having a chat about life, death, memories and loved ones please email him: stepdonn@gmail.com

Stephen writes “I want to use Molecule to develop a new participatory theatre piece which broadens the discussion from just my own experiences to include others and offer opportunities for myself, other participants in the devising process and the audience to share and evoke memories of their lost ones.”

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Taking donations for Calais

In conjunction with Newports very own LePub and with the support of humanitarian organisation Calaid we are offering a place to drop off unused items to help refugees of Calais.

If you would like to donate please see the poster below for what we can and can’t take.

Exhibition: Our Cultural Lives

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EXHIBITION: HEALING WORDS FROM THE SANCTUARY. 12th – 30th AUGUST.

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As part of the Healing Words project, women from the Sanctuary project at Bethel Church Newport have been working with writer Clare Potter and artist Cath Lewis to produce their words and textiles which are now on show at The Project Space in Newport. The exhibition will run until 30th August, and is open Tuesdays – Thursdays from 10am – 5pm.

The Healing Words project uses creative writing and art as a tool for positive mental health and wellbeing. The project is a partnership between Gwent Arts in Health, Literature Wales and Newport Live Community Arts and Torfaen CBC and works with a diverse range of groups across the greater Gwent area.

For more information about the project visit: http://www.garth.org.uk

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