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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 sally-anne.evans@newportlive.co.uk

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

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POLITIKINO – POP-UP POLITICAL CINEMA AT THE PROJECT SPACE

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Still The Enemy Within (2014) Directed by Owen Gower
FREE film screening & discussion. All Welcome!
Guest Speaker – Dr. Steve Davies, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences

7pm, Thursday 25th June 2015
The Project Space, Newport

“A documentary as gripping as any thriller” Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian

3rd March 2015 was the 30th anniversary of the end of the Miner’s Strike, one of the most significant events in Britain’s recent political history. Owen Gower’s essential film is a heartfelt tribute to communities hammered by political forces. Weaving interviews with rare archive footage, this powerful and deeply moving film is a timely and vital reminder of what was a devastating attack on the British working class, of which our current political landscape is the legacy.

Dr. Steve Davies teaches and researches at Cardiff University and is a former full time trade union official. His research includes projects examining unions in Wales, how unions respond to change. He will speak about the broader lessons that we can learn today from the Miners’ Strike and why 30 years on, it remains relevant.

Still The Enemy Within is the second film of Politikino, a free monthly pop-up political cinema at The Project Space. Curated by artist-in-residence Sara Rees. The trilogy of films aims to offer opportunities to reflect on the socio-political context of Newport; its Chartist history in relation to the city’s current conditions and how wider national and global events and processes effect Newport.
Poster-Final-lores For more information about the event, and to keep up to date with the latest news and updates in the series, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1408898932771336/

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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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POLITIKINO – Pop-up political cinema at The Project Space

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POLITIKINO is a monthly screening of radical and political films curated by artist Sara Rees as part of her residency at The Project Space, Newport.

Free film screening, followed by discussion with Grace Krause, researcher at Cardiff University.

This months film – FILM: ‘Inside Job’ (2010) Directed By Charles Ferguson

The global financial meltdown that took place in Fall 2008 caused millions of job and home losses and plunged the United States into a deep economic recession. Matt Damon narrates a documentary that provides a detailed examination of the elements that led to the collapse and identifies keys financial and political players. Director Charles Ferguson conducts a wide range of interviews and traces the story from the United States to China to Iceland to several other global financial hot spots.

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For more information about the event, and to keep up to date with the latest news and updates in the series, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1576048062645026/

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Designer Vaginas – Workshops at The Project Space

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Vaginas, Cupcakes and Jerusalem.

This Project is intended as a space to explore the relationship between patriarchy and our “quaints”.

This workshop is intended to be a pilot to an ongoing project. It will initially take place in The Project Space over two dates – 26th and 27th of June, between 10.30am and 2pm.

The workshop will perform as a ‘sewing bee’ and participants are invited to ‘reconstruct’ an image of a vagina from fabric. The (initially female) participants will begin a dialogue about the brutalisation and/or worship of the Vagina. We will be exploring culture, religion, art and pornography within patriarchial societies.

The project will develop organically and be participant led. This will hopefully nurture a sense of solidarity around the issue of ending the violence of Female Genital Mutilation. Sewing and cutting both act as a metaphor and the reconstructions are a statement of intent for this project’s purpose.

The project will develop organically and be participant led. This will hopefully nurture a sense of solidarity around the issue of ending the violence of Female Genital Mutilation. Sewing and cutting both act as a metaphor and the reconstructions are a statement of intent for this project’s purpose.

For more information, please contact Julia Wilkinson on 07598 384851 or magdelene1962@gmail.com

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Inviting the Neighbours around to Paint

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FREE – MONDAY 20th April – FRIDAY 24th April 2015 – 10am to 5pm daily

Based on Pavel Althamer’s project ‘The Neighbours’ created for The New Museum, New York, ‘Inviting the Neighbours around to Paint‘ invites members of the public and different community groups to work, play and express themselves through the medium of paint, colour, drawing and words.

Over the course of this week, The Project Space shop front will become an open studio and street level gallery, that will be hosted each day by a different invited artist. As the week progresses, the space will transform with the gradual accumulation of drawings and paintings.

Artist Timetable:
Monday 20th April – Marega Palser
Tuesday 21st April – ArtRaT
Wednesday 22nd April – Stephanie Roberts
Thursday 23rd April – Barrie Morgan
Friday 24th – Steven George Jones
This is a Free event and all materials will be supplied, and is open to all ages and abilities. If you are interested in reserving the space for a Group you are involved with, please get in touch with The Project Space at theprojectspacenpt@gmail.com or Marega Palsar at maregapalser@yahoo.co.uk to book on.
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Meet The Residents #3: Justin Cliffe & Peter Farago – “Hidden Cities”

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 21.36.12Between Monday 11th May and Friday 15th May, Justin Cliffe and Peter Farago will be collecting memories of Newport, as part of their residency project, Hidden Cities at The Project Space.

Hidden Cities is a community inspired digital installation project, where real peoples’ voices enter a seemingly white space. Stepping into a bold white light your shadow reveals a once hidden city that now exists in a silhouette of you. A beautiful, digital Newport begins to come to life.

Based on a series of interviews, the artists will collect memories, stories and recordings of people’s memories in Newport. Whether they’re fond or heart-rending, they will then re-trace people’s steps and route their stories to a location of significance. Capturing that place on film, they will then create short pieces of video – animation to correspond with the stories they’re told.

One of the artists, Justin Cliffe, said of Newport, “Having worked and lived in the city for over five years, Peter and I have become quite attached to it. In love with it’s discombobulated urban landscape, enamoured by it’s roguish personality, and inspired by it’s people, we want to document the city’s stories”.

The artists want to talk to people and hear as many stories as possible. Whether you’d like to talk to them at one of their scheduled drop-ins, tweet, mail or post pictures, accessing the public’s stories is a fundamental part of this process. Drop in sessions run from Monday 11th May to Friday 15th May 2015.

Can’t make these sessions? To get involved with this project, you can get in touch with Justin and Peter by:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hiddencity.newport

Email: mejustincliffe@hotmail.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=@jusedcliffe

Or you can post your stories and memories to:

Hidden Cities, c/o Community Arts Development, The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, Kingsway, Newport, NP20 1HG

The final outcomes will be exhibited at The Project Space between Monday 25th May to Tuesday 2nd June. For more information, please contact the artists via their Facebook page (above).


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Meet the Residents #1: Clary Saddler – “UPRISING”

UPRISING - Information about events with Clary Saddler at The Project Space

UPRISING – Information about events with Clary Saddler at The Project Space

Between Tuesday 7th April to Saturday 9th May, artist in residence Clary Saddler will be launching her project Newport Rising at The Project Space. Delivering a project using relatable themes (e.g. the gang metaphor running parallel to the workshops), Clary hopes the project will inspire people within Newport to get more politically active. Uprising takes place in a dystopian future that exists after the collapse of our own society in a world governed by gang leaders and crime lords. By 2017, the number of people voting declined so dramatically that governments eventually got overthrown by gangs who promised their followers a brighter future but failed to deliver. Now the world is in a constant state of civil war; with each gang invading – seeking new territory. A large underground movement of rebels and political protesters hold secret meetings – identifying themselves by wearing rainbow bracelets. They strive for a democratic future; their motto “the classes against the masses”. They believe they can empower the masses through creative expression. Through a series of participatory arts workshops these sessions will explore themes of democracy through the creation of songs, raps, rhythms & beat-poetry; graffiti art, short films (holding subliminal messages of democracy) and political theatre. This will culminate in a forum theatre style performance entitled Uprising on Saturday 9th May. Timetable: Tuesday 7th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Rhythms & music making Wednesday 8th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Movie Making, music videos & adverts Thursday 9th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Devising forum theatre Friday 10th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Devising forum theatre Saturday 11th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Devising forum theatre Saturday 18th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Riverfront, Graffiti art (Riverfront) Saturday 25th April – 9:30 -12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space Devising forum theatre Saturday 2nd May – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Riverfront, Rehearsal and tech run Saturday 9th May – 9:30 – 12:30 Dress rehearsal / 13:00 – 16:00 PERFORMANCE – UPRISING @ The Project Space

For further information, please contact the artist at clary@forget-me-not-productions.co.uk or visit www.forget-me-not-productions.co.uk

About the artist: Clary Saddler is a young practitioner who holds ‘old school’ ideals of changing the world through art. Founder and artistic director of Forget-Me-Not-Productions, she is a qualified drama teacher and producer, director, facilitator and tutor. Her background includes 15 years as a professional actor, musician, and singer/ songwriter, and has toured with such companies as Theatre for Youth and Mullet Productions.

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We Need You – Supporting The Project Space in 2015.

To all the artists, creatives, art-lovers and enthusiasts in and around Newport.
Firstly, thank you for your support of The Project Space over 2014 and into 2015. It has been an amazing time for all the team, both the part-time staff and all the volunteers involved with starting up and developing the project in Newport. It has been both our pride and our honour to work with so many amazing and passionate people who want to see and experience even more arty goings on in our city. We’ve learnt some lessons along the way, but we’re all unanimous in the fact we want to keep building it into something more.
Initiated by Sally-Anne Evans, the Community Arts development officer at The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre, this project has been supported by Newport City Council, it was further 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 9 months however, 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.
 
We want to turn this project into a long term, more permanent feature on our high street, and to support our funding applications and development plans, we are beginning to gather statements of support for The Project Space to give our funders, both future and present, absolute confidence in their decision to place faith in this project, and highlight the important role it has in supporting culture and creative professionals in Newport.
This is where you come in. Your voice is needed to convince the powers that be that they should support The Project Space for another year, two years, even more! To do this, we need to gather letters of support, comments and feedback as to why spaces like this are sorely needed. They need to know if it has been a success, and why.
It would be awesome if you could spare a few minutes of your time to help us with it. Please email either myself, Kate Mercer at theprojectspacenpt@gmail.com or Sally-Anne Evans at sally-anne.evans@newport.gov.uk by the the end of March, or to ask for more information about how you can support this project.
 
Thank you for your help in advance – The Project Space team x 
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