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May half term at The Project Space – Big Splash, Maindee Festival and more!

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FREE – Tuesday 26th – Thursday 28th May – Opening times vary

Well it’s officially that time of year again where we crack out the sun lotion and get ready for Big Splash festival in Newport. This year’s festival takes place the same weekend as Maindee Festival meaning there’ll be even more arty goings on in the city than last year! This half term we have a whole manner of arty activities to keep the whole family amused at The Project Space – your creative community centre in the heart of the Newport.

Workshops start on Tuesday 26th May, and run until Thursday 28th May between 11.00am – 2.00pm. Come along and help make a giant house for the “Right Up Your Street” carnival procession for Maindee festival.

The Procession takes place on Saturday 31st May and is part of the Big Splash weekend celebrations!

In addition, there will also be a Samba Drumming Workshop on Tuesday 26th May with Upbeat Music between 2.00pm – 3.30pm.

For more information about these workshops and who to take part in the parade, please contact sally-anne.evans@newportlive.co.uk

To find out more information on all events during Big Splash and Maindee Festival, please visit www.maindee.org or www.newportlive.co.uk/theriverfront, or download the programme: http://media.wix.com/ugd/7be6dd_1361ef9d08a2453d80090bbc2c0bf569.pd

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

Still of DEMOCRACY from Arcade Cardiff courtesy of Sara Rees

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 through out March

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FREE – Event listings coming soon!
The latest in a series of free events, we welcome Newport International Airspace as they take over The Project Space for most of the month of March, putting on a whole host of events. From exhibitions, meet-the-artists, screenings and even more workshops, this collective is an artistic force to look out for!

Watch this space as we announce more details soon, or visit their website: http://niabroadcast.com

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CALL OUT – Residencies at The Project Space during 2015.

147 Commercial Street, Newport NP20 1LN

147 Commercial Street, Newport NP20 1LN

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 13th 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 18th February. Successful residents will be notified by Wednesday 4th 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 13th 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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