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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.

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!”

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

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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 sally-anne.evans@newportlive.co.uk

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

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LIFE ART ON TOUR – A week of exhibitions and life drawing at The Project Space

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FREE – 22nd June – 27th June 2015 – 10am to 4pm daily

DROP-IN Life Drawing Sessions – WEDS / THURS / FRI (tbc)

This month we welcome our resident life drawing class – CARDIFF LIFE MODELS to The Project Space with their exhibition LIFE ART ON TOUR. With partner hosts Carnegie House in Bridgend and Jacob’s Market Gallery in Cardiff, the exhibition will feature work by students who have attended the weekly life drawing sessions run by the group across South Wales, showcasing a wide variety of media and stylistic approaches to figurative work. Pieces of artwork will be on sale during the event – please contact event organiser Andy Lamb for details.

In addition, CARDIFF LIFE MODELS will be hosting a number of drop in life drawing sessions during the week for visitors to have a go at themselves. These sessions are open to all and suitable for all abilities – materials provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Nudity and the human form are key elements of this exhibition. Some adults bringing children and /or young people to this exhibition may deem parental guidance advisory.

For more information about this event or life drawing classes in your area, please contact Andy Lamb via welshlamb@me.com or visit www.cardifflifemodels.co.uk

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The Designer Vagina Workshops… Now on Eventbrite!

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Tickets are now available for the Designer Vagina workshops later this month on Eventbrite. Follow the link below to book on: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/designer-vagina-workshops-tickets-17351752559 – these events are free however places are limited to 20 people per session.

Please let us know if you have any problems using this platform – it’s our first time! Don’t forget, you can always get in touch with event organiser Julia for more information at 07598 384851 or magdelene1962@gmail.com

For more information, please check out the events Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/709094402533936/

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END OF YEAR SHOW – Coleg Gwent Newport Art & Design Students at The Project Space

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FREE – Opens: Friday 5th June 6pm – 8pm / Exhibitions continues: Saturday 6th June 10am – 4pm

This week at The Project Space, we welcome Coleg Gwent Art & Design students showcasing their end of year show across both floors of the unit. Opening night is Friday 5th June 6pm – 8pm, and is open again on Saturday 6th June, 10am – 4pm.

Free entry, all welcome. Bring all your friends!

For more information about Coleg Gwent and the Art & Design Course, please visit: http://www.coleggwent.ac.uk/newport

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Gelynion – Enemies Newport – Poetry in collaboration

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FREE – TUESDAY 19TH MAY – 7pm – 10pm

Pairs of poets and performers from Wales, England, India and Chile present original collaborations. With Joe Dunthorne & Eurig Salisbury, Rhys Trimble & SJ Fowler, Nia Davies & Zoe Skoulding, Kate North & Katrin Selina Lloyd, Andres Anwandter & Suze MC de Lee, Cris Paul & Samantha Walton, Rhian Edwards & Ranjit Hoskote, Josh Robinson & Mr&Mrs Clark, Tishani Doshi & Jonathan Edwards. With music from Patrick Rimes.

Gelynion is a groundbreaking exploration of contemporary poetry from Wales through the potential of collaboration. The project tours Wales 19-29th May with over 50 poets collaborating at events in Newport (19-May), Cardiff (20-May), Swansea (22-May), Aberystwyth (25-May), Bangor (26-May), Hay Festival (29-May) & London (5-June).

For more information, please visit: www.weareenemies.com/gelynion or follow @enemiesproject on Twitter.

Gelynion Newport is an Enemies and Poetry Wales project supported by Arts Council Wales Big Lottery, in partnership with the Project Space Newport.

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