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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.

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

MEET THE RESIDENTS #2: Sara Rees – “DEMOCRACY”

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Still of DEMOCRACY from Arcade Cardiff courtesy of Sara Rees

On Saturday 18th April and Saturday 2nd May, artist Sara Rees will engage shoppers and passersby in conversations about democracy at The Project Space on Newport’s Commercial Street in her performance of DEMOCRACY.

Sited in one of the now ubiquitous empty shops symptomatic of the Global Financial Crisis, DEMOCRACY explores the ideological basis to the current crisis and the threat to democracy posed by global corporate capitalism. The placing of this installation draws upon the history of democracy, which originated in the agoras of Ancient Greece. Agoras were open public spaces in the centre of the city that were both marketplace and the place of assembly, the site of both commerce and politics.

Based in a vacant retail unit shop in the centre of Newport, and appropriating the visual aesthetic and conventions of consumerism, DEMOCRACY, to all intents and purposes, is a shop. There are bright lights, piped music, and helpful sales staff on hand. There’s even a sale on. But there is nothing for sale. The consumer space has been supplanted with a discursive space, where unsuspecting shoppers are invited to reflect, engage and talk about their experience and understanding of democracy.

DEMOCRACY is made in response to the growing ferment of disillusionment that many people feel with democracy, both nationally and internationally, being increasingly compromised by the insidious influence yielded by powerful corporate elites. To remain democratic, democracy relies on participation of the people. In making this work I want to stimulate discussion about the nature of democracy and engage people with these ideas in the approach to the general election on 7th May.

The two performances of DEMOCRACY at The Project Space will run between 10 am and 5 pm on both days. For further information, please contact the artist at reessara@hotmail.com or visit www.sararees.com


About the artist:

Sara Rees is a practising artist from the Gower Peninsula, currently based in Cardiff. Awarded First Class Honours in Visual Performance at Dartington College of Arts, she later gained Masters in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design with Distinction. For the past fifteen years Rees has created artworks for residencies, commissions, and exhibitions; her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally, including in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Latvia, Belgium, Montreal, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, Barcelona, Glasgow, Athens, Moscow, London, Sao Paolo and Berlin. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and prizes, including First Prize for the Oriel Davies Open, a Creative Wales Award and the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Award. 

Conceptually driven, Rees works across mediums, including video, photography, performance, installation, intervention, writing, and relational art. She works both within the gallery and beyond, creating site-specific installations and interventions for a diverse range of sites, from bucolic woodlands to a derelict ex-Soviet power station. Her practice is an on-going exploration of the interface between nature and civilization, of the conditions of global capitalism in relation to the environment and the human condition. While political and provocative, Rees’ work is also playful. Often blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, her work is both uncanny and enchanting.


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BENEATH THE SURFACE: NIA takeover at The Project Space

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FREE – Thursday 19th – Saturday 28th March – 10am – 5pm

Beneath The Surface is a project by Newport International Airspace (NIA) who has commissioned professional artists to explore and express their own interpretation of an unsung hero living within the city of Newport. Whether it be a person, service or landmark, the artists’ unique journeys have taken them to the streets to find a character they connect with.

Through their eyes, it’s been about discovering someone or something they feel gives the city its daily pulse and vibrancy. By looking beneath the surface and behind the scenes, unexpected relationships have formed and a whole new perspective has been found.

The exhibition and performances taking place promise to be a dynamic experience. You can find out what happens to one artist as he is thrown down the challenge by an award-winning toilet attendant, or witness the conversations unravel spontaneously through traveling around on a Newport bus with no end destination in mind.

NIA will be taking over the Project Space in Newport from Thursday 19th to Saturday 28th March for a multi media event spanning two weeks. Through an ambitious exhibition with performances and workshops across the duration, it will show how artists connect to the communities they live in.

The event kicks off with a screening of Massimo Salvato’s film, Jonny. The film is a documentary about Newport artist, Jonathan Sherwood. Through his eyes and the constant suspension between creation and demolition, we follow the diaspora that a group of artists is stuck in since the transformation of the town centre into a big shopping mall.

There is an invite-only private viewing of the film, Jonny on Wednesday 18th March, but tickets will be available to book along with the exhibition opening to the public from Thursday 19th March.

Featuring artists: Art Rat, Jo Haycock, Marion Cheung, Marega Palser, Massimo Salvato, Mr and Mrs Clark, Stephanie Roberts, Steven George Jones, Tin Shed Theatre Productions and Victoria J E Jones.

Beneath The Surface is funded by Newport Community Arts Development, The Project Space and The Arts Council For Wales.

www.niabroadcast.com

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Newport International Airspace – more workshops coming up!

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Newport International Airspace are a group of professional artists who work collaboratively with others to showcase the talent, space and diversity within and around Newport. The next in a series of workshops, talks and events in the city, (you may well have seen photos from photographer Jo Haycocks’ workshop from last weekend – fully booked before we could promote it!) we’re proud to be supporting their latest workshops in the next coming weeks at The Project Space.

FREE to attend – booking essential, age restrictions may apply. Please contact via http://niabroadcast.com BEFORE attending.

MAKING PERFORMANCE – Saturday 14th February 2015

Gareth Clark is one half of Mr and Mrs Clark, the Newport based performance duo and is running an introductory workshop based on his performance practice. This workshop is ideal for adults and will involve some movement so loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.

MOVEMENT & MARK MARKING – Saturday 21st February 2015

Led by Marega Palser, also of Newport International Airspace, join us for a session of movement and drawing. The session will involve some movement so loose, comfortable clothing again is recommended.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED – Call Out: Residencies 2015

Well there’s nothing quite like a deadline to encourage submissions!  Due to the success and popularity of the Open Call, we’re extending the deadline for these residencies by 1 week to midnight on FRIDAY 20th FEBRUARY 2015. Just incase you missed it, here are all the details once again:

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Call out for proposals for Residencies at The Project Space

A printable version of this document is available at: FINALCalloutforResidencies2014

See also: FAQs Residency / Guidelines / Terms & Conditions

Who we are & what we do:

The Project Space is a cultural community platform for the creative arts in Newport, South Wales. Initiating, developing and delivering a programme of performances, exhibitions, workshops and activities in the heart of the city, we deliver events that are responsive to both the needs and interests of our wider community.

Building on the success of previous schemes piloted in the city, Empty Shops Project (2010) and URBAN (2011-12), we exist to facilitate creativity in the community, and create opportunities for people to engage with the arts in Newport.

Project & Proposals:

We would like to build on the considerable success of projects involving our community and are inviting proposals from creative practitioners for projects based in and emanate from the city of Newport. Proposals can be for projects in any form and might include process-led residencies or a series of events, but should start with an engagement with the communities of Newport, whether that is an object, landmark, activity or group.

One aim of this project is to support and encourage new opportunities and an active artist presence for creative practitioners in Newport as well as generate professional and cultural opportunities to work within the city.  We will provide support, guidance, use of our resources and equipment, and act as a sounding board to hear and develop ideas. Also, throughout the project, you will have the benefit of mentoring and/or feedback and dialogue with visual artist who has knowledge and experience of developing a practice that relates to community based activity. In addition, you will be able to use The Project Space as a workspace and will have access to shared and heated communal areas.

You will be expected to present the outcomes of your residency project at the end or during the project period. There is no fixed format in which this should happen and will most likely be responsive to the outcome of your work. This will most likely mean a small-scale exhibition, talk, performance or other event that can be accommodated within The Project Space building.

Another aim of the project is to develop The Project Space as a resource within the community, and to encourage increased awareness and use of it by making art available and accessible directly to the wider general public. Applicants therefore should give an idea of how their project would highlight certain aspects of The Project Space, or generate an activity that encourages direct engagement with Newport residents.

In addition:

The Residencies will run along side regularly programmed events at The Project Space. Those units will be used as development spaces during weekdays and be open to the public each Saturday. During this time, we will continue to run our advertised programme of talks, activities and events. Before submitting a proposal, it is strongly recommended you come into The Project Space and familiarise yourself with our programme, as well as our immediate area in Newport. The Project Space is open Tuesday – Saturday between 10 am – 2 pm, and you are welcome to pop in any time. If however you have a specific time you would like to visit, we recommend you call or email in advance and arrange an appointment.

For more information, please email sally-anne.evans@newport.gov.uk or theprojectspacenpt@gmail.com

 

Timescale of project: 20 days during March – April 2015.

Outcomes of project: To be exhibited, documented or presented during May 2015.

Stipend: Maximum £2000

PROCESS

Applications for these residencies close on Friday 20th February 2015. Strictly no late submissions will be accepted. A panel of community representatives will then meet in February to review the submissions and generate a shortlist of artists. These artists will then be invited to interview with the panel about their proposals during that month, before the final Artists-in-Residence are chosen.

All successful shortlisted artists will be contacted directly via email no later than Wednesday 25th February. Successful residents will be notified by Wednesday 12th March.

How to apply:

To make an application for this project, please email the following material to theprojectspacenpt@gmail.com

  • A current CV (including website / blog and contact information).
  • A proposal outlining your idea and its aims, including how it will highlight content or generate activity in The Project Space on Newport. The proposal should be 500 words maximum. A financial breakdown of how you expect to use the stipend for the proposal is also desirable.
  • Up to 12 photographic images of your 2D/3D work saved as jpgs, 1MB max per image, and/or:
  • Video / audio documentation of your time-based work, performance or show reel.

Deadline for applications: Friday 20th February 2015

These residencies would not be possible without the generous support of The Project Space by the Arts Council Of Wales, for which we show our thanks.

A printable version of this document is available at: FINALCalloutforResidencies2014

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NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL AIRSPACE: Meet the Artist – Carrie Reichardt & Stephanie Roberts

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Friday 23rd January – DOWNSTAIRS, 19:30 to 21:00

Brought to you by NIA (Newport International Airspace) presents an evening of colour and activism in conversation with London based artist Carrie Reichardt, internationally renowned for her use of craft and art as protest. Her ‘Tiki Love Truck’ is currently on display at the V&A as part of the Disobedient Objects Exhibition. Introduced by Stephanie Roberts, who will also be talking about her work in Chile where she created a huge mosaic piece with a host of mosaic artists from around the world, this promises to be a night NOT to miss.

For more information about NIA and their events, please visit: http://niabroadcast.com/about/
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ARTIST LOUNGE: Public Performance & Tours – Thursday 25th September – 6pm-8pm

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Dear Creatives. Your #ArtistLounge returns! Now the third of our monthly get togethers, The Project Space is inviting the general public as well as creatives in our community to get together and talk about their creative journeys.

Confirmed speakers include:
International artists Michikazu Matsune (Japan) & David Subal (Austria) from STORE talk about their experiences as an International touring performing arts collective.

Gareth Clark – From the renowned Clarkes Public performance duet.

More speakers will be announced this week… Please check out our Facebook event for updates and information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1501056916801912/

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STORE at The Project Space – 24th / 27th September 2014

STORE: Wales Tour - A project by Michikazu Matsune & David Subal - tour produced by Migrations © Migrations 2014

STORE: Wales Tour – A project by Michikazu Matsune & David Subal (tour by Migrations) © Migrations 2014

This September in partnership with The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre, The Project Space is proud to welcome STORE to Newport as part of the programmes Welsh tour.

FREE ENTRY – 10am to 4pm – Wednesday 24th – Saturday 27th September 2014

Please note: Cost of performances will vary.


 STORE is a shop. Art is a business. Come and buy performances!

A shopping experience like no other. Fancy a take-away, or a special delivery? How about a cheap copy?

Enter STORE and you are invited to peruse a menu of over sixty mini performances. Choose, and then watch as your purchase is performed especially for you.

STORE is a totally unique experience as Austrian and Japanese artists Matsune & Subal play humorously with the idea of a successful business chain. Prices start at 50p – art really is affordable for everyone.

With over a dozen previous global outlets including Vienna, Paris, Kyoto and New York, STORE now comes to a shop near you – don’t miss it!


STORE is a project by international artists Michikazu Matsune (Japan) & David Subal (Austria), produced by Migrations.

“Migrations presents a series of contemporary dance performances featuring high profile international artists – an exciting window onto today’s contempory dance landscape. I passionately believe you don’t need to be a dance expert to appreciate these works. They simply re-interpret our world, often question it and sometimes offer answers – but always with a fascinating and engaging intensity.”

Karine Décorne, Curator

For more information about Migrations and to find out the latest details on the project, locations and opening times, please visit www.migrations.co

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