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

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.



Maisie-Jo Clifford talks with women about emotional vulnerability

Creative and Therapeutic Arts student Maisie-Jo Clifford will be at The Project Space talking with women about emotional vulnerability.

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“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.


Exhibition: Our Cultural Lives



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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:


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To all the artists, creatives, art-lovers and enthusiasts of Newport!

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147 Commercial Street, Newport NP20 1LN

Firstly, thank you for your support of The Project Space in Newport over 2014 and into 2015. It has been an amazing time for all the team involved with starting up and developing this project in Newport. It has been both our pride and our honour to work with and support so many amazing and passionate people who want to see and experience even more arty goings on in our city. But the time has now come to gather feedback to feed back to our funders about what you felt the successes were of the project.

Initiated by Sally-Anne Evans, the Community Arts development officer at The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre, The Project Space has been funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh National Government and The National Lottery to run for 1 year as a short term project. What has become clear over the last year is that space like The Project Space is both sorely needed, regularly used and highly valued in the city – and as such, we need your help.

On Tuesday 14th July, between 5:30pm and 6:30pm – we’d love it if you could pop in and give us your comments and feedback. Let us know:

How were you involved with The Project Space? Did you put on an event at the space? Did you visit one of our events?

What did having a space like this allow you to do?

What did you think we did well?

What would you like to see more of?

How well does the space connect with our community in Newport?

Did having the space increase your access or awareness to other arty goings on in the city?

Did having the space create opportunities for professional artists and creatives to create work and engage with community groups in Newport?

How do you think we could improve?

If you can’t make it on the night, feel free to email you comments to project leader Sally-Anne Evans at

Looking forward to seeing you there! The Project Space team x

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