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Half term Make & Take Holiday Workshops

Half term holiday workshops at The Project Space - 26th-30th May 2014

Half term holiday workshops at The Project Space – 26th-30th May 2014

Roll up roll up! It’s the week before Newport’s Big Splash festival kicks off in our city, and to help get us all in the festival mood, The Project Space are running daily make and take workshops through out the half term holidays leading up to the main event.

Workshops start this Saturday and bank holiday Monday with drop in sessions for the whole family to make recycled junk instruments and balloon costumes between 10am – 4pm, with beach themed colouring in also available on the day!

On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, we’re joined by Tony Balloonman ( who’ll be giving us some expert tips on making balloon costumes to wear on the big day.

On Friday, we’ll also be making our own hula hoops and practising our moves, getting in the party spirit for Saturday.

For the parade itself, meet at The Project Space at 12:30 ready to Samba our way down to Newport’s Red Wave guided by our lovely event stewards – more info on the picture below. For more info on events and timings of Newport’s Big Splash weekend, please follow the link:

Parade Information for parents

Big Splash Parade Information

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CYPHER @ The Project Space – Light Night Newport 2014 across the City!

As part of Museums at Night celebrations, venues across the city and the whole of the UK will be staying open later than usual on Friday 16th May to provide an evening of entertainment and activities for all ages.  Including workshops, story telling, local history walks, back stage tours and family treasure hunts, this promises to be a Friday night out with a difference in  Newport’s city centre.

As part of this, The Project Space will be playing host to CYPHER – a free open-myke of hip hop and grime between 7pm and 9pm for ages 16+

The full programme for the evening can be found below:

Event listings for Light Night Newport 2014

Event listings for Light Night Newport 2014

For more information regarding Light Night Newport 2014, please visit, or  find them online on Twitter: @culture24 @newportmuseum @MuseumsAtNight Facebook: newport museum and art gallery

For an interview with Annette Wells, organiser of Light Night Newport 2014 at Newport’s Museum and Art Gallery, please follow the link:

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The Big Splash 2014 – Newport’s Family Festival!

The Big Splash - Newport

The Big Splash – Newport

It’s official – Newport’s Big Splash festival will return on Friday 30th May until Sunday 1st June 2014 for a long weekend of family entertainment across the city. With music, circus acts, street theatre, live dance, comedy and a Sunset Spectacular, there’ll be more going on than you can shake a stick at!

In support of this, The Project Space will be playing host to a number of free drop in workshops through out May leading up to the main festival weekend…

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3rd, 10th, 17th – Stephanie Roberts, Big Splash Big Smash Mosaic Whale Workshops

Do you remember the Newport Leisure Centre’s Squirty whale?  Well we’ve found him – he’s in need of a make-over and we need your help!  Run by Newport mosaic artist Stephanie Roberts, we will transform this loveable whale and give him a new life.  As well, we’ll be running a competition to come up with a new name for Newport’s Whale – the winner of the best name will launch him at the Big Splash on Saturday 31st May.

For ages 7 years + if accompanied by an adult, or 11 years + if unaccompanied.

For more information about Stephanie Roberts, lease visit her website:

24th – Samba Workshops

Between 10am – 4pm, join us in The Project Space and make balloon costumes and musical instruments to get you in the party spirit ready for The Big Splash parade on the festival weekend. With a professional drumming tutor leading the sessions, come along and be part of Newport’s very own Samba drumming band.

For all ages – no need to book.

As well (for some week night fun too!) there will be Samba workshops held on Wednesday evenings at The Princess Tearooms on Cambrian Road to get you in the part mood through out the week!

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31st – Big Splash Parade!

Open from 10am, there’ll still be time to pop in and make your costumes ready for the parade from The Project Space to The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre, starting at 1pm!

For more information regarding Newport’s Big Splash Festival 2014, please, or find them online on Twitter: @newportfestival #bigsplash2014 Facebook: big splash newport or Instagram: @riverfrontarts

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Tiegan Neary – NME Magazine’s Photography Award Winner of the Year 2013

© Tiegan Neary - When we were wolves – club ifor bach (Cardiff) 2013

© Tiegan Neary – When We Were Wolves – Club Ifor Bach (Cardiff) 2013

The Project Space is very proud to present a selection of photographs from the portfolio of NME Magazine’s Photography Award winner of 2013, Tiegan Neary. Exhibited in support of Newport’s Record Store Day event, Neary’s work captures the variety and vivacity of the South Wales music scene in all it’s glory.

Based in South Wales, Neary photographs across the United Kingdom, and has had her work published in magazines and newspapers around the world including The Guardian, Fuze (German music magazine), NME, Plugged In, Liverpool Echo, South Wales Argus and The Metro. She is also the South Wales photographer for, providing photographs for gig reviews on their website. Photographing bands performing in small local venues to huge arenas, Neary estimates she has photographed 400 bands since she took up photography seriously 4 years ago.

Neary entered NME Magazine’s Photography Awards competition in 2013, where she had two photographs shortlisted in the Under 18’s category of the competition. With her photograph of When We Were Wolves the eventual winner of her category, her work was then entered into the Grand Prix (overall award selected from the winners of the competitions five categories), which she also went on to win.

This exhibition is currently open to the public:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 – 16.00 (and otherwise by appointment)

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Newport Record Store Day – April 19th 2014

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In association with Newport City Radio and Newport Raises, The Project Space are working with Diverse Music, The Project Space and Record Face to celebrate our local, independent record stores and local music scene in the city.

In support of the acoustic music sessions held at Diverse Music, Newport City Radio will be holding their very own Street Sessions along Newport Commercial Street with some of the finest artists from the city’s thriving acoustic scene.  Located at Newport’s Indoor Provisions Market, the old Burton’s store, Costa Coffee and Boots, music will be being performed live between 11:30 – 16:30. Newport City Radio will be at large through out the day across the city centre spreading the good news and musical vibes to all the good people of Newport.
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