Rethinking Education

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To provide a forum to discuss education in a language that encourages fresh and innovative ideas

To develop leaders and advocates from a range of backgrounds, working throughout the whole education system

To focus on creating long-term solutions to the problems of the formal education system

To encourage cross-curricular dialogue to promote the benefits of the arts at all stages of the educational experience

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Comment by Rosie Strang on April 13, 2017 at 10:51

Casgliad 2017 - Building the Future for Youth Arts In Wales

Saturday 13th May, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Are you passionate about the youth arts sector in Wales?

You are invited to explore and help build the future for youth arts in Wales with the Youth Arts Network Cymru (YANC) at Casgliad 2017, an inspirational day of networking, guest speakers, workshops, and discussion.

Flyer below. NTW event link -

Comment by Devinda De Silva on March 3, 2017 at 14:22

The Arts and Education Network: South East Wales presents a FREE masterclass, for teachers of GCSE and A Level Drama and Theatre. The day will provide delegates with fresh strategies for teaching Drama and Theatre, focusing on improvisation, devising and re-imagining text.

This masterclass is only open to teachers who live and/or work in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport or Torfaen. More info here.

Comment by Devinda De Silva on February 15, 2017 at 15:48

Thanks for posting Zoe. We'll push it through our networks.

Comment by Zoe Munn on February 15, 2017 at 14:26
Arts Active will be holding an Artist's Fair and Regional Network Event for A2:Connect Arts and Education Network Central and South area at the beginning of April. Its an event designed to showcase artists and arts organisations who work in schools and to build connections and generate engagement within the sector. Among the delegates will be headteachers, creative agents, arts development staff and other arts professionals involved in bringing artists into schools. 
The free event will be at Cyfarthfa High School on 5th April. There will be opportunities to deliver workshops which can be observed by delegates, a trade fair in the main hall where artists and arts organisations will have stalls to showcase their work with schools, and then a Regional Network Meeting with a panel led discussion, and some Pecha Kucha style artists presentations.
Call out for artists attached, please share with anyone who might be interested.
Delegate booking is HERE
Any queries please contact
Comment by rachel rosen on January 16, 2017 at 16:11
Hi Ruth, have you found people to help you with this? I am an artist and theatre designer specialising in re-use of materials - working under the name ScrapYardQueen! Feel free to get in touch...
Comment by Ruth Stringer on December 5, 2016 at 21:22

Hi all,

I'm looking for an artist who specialises in working with re-used/re-cycled materials to run 1 or 2 workshop sessions at a primary school in Neath as part of the Lead Creative Schools Scheme with Arts Council Wales.

The project will explore how an outside woodland in the school grounds can be transformed into a learning zone with different areas used for different activities.  I'd really like to focus some of the project on environmental awareness, e.g. how we can make use of recycled or repurposed materials.  If this sounds like your thing, please get in touch! - I'll pass details to the rest of the team.

Many thanks!

Comment by Naomi Chiffi on October 25, 2016 at 11:34

The Sherman Theatre is hosting a brilliant half-term activity this week.  Please go along if you can.

TAITH is our initiative for new writing that develops and showcases innovative and exciting 10 minute plays in Welsh or English. From an open submission process, three writers have been selected with their scripts developed and worked on with professional actors and directors.

This year we have teamed up with Theatr Iolo and Platfform to present three scripts aimed at audiences aged 10 – 12 and their families. The readings will be followed by a post-show discussion with the writers.

These pieces have been developed over three weeks with three directors as well as an intensive development period with Ned Glasier, Artistic Director of Company Three.


  • ·         No one wants to be in Hufflepuff by Jeremy Linell
  • ·         Here be Dragons (working title) by Derek Palmer
  • ·         One More Sleep by Keiron Self


For this special TAITH we are offering children an afternoon of fun and interactive theatre around creating stories. 

  • ·         2.00pm – 3.30pm: Creating Stories workshop led by Sherman Youth Theatre tutor Nicola Reynolds.
  • ·         3.30pm – 4.00pm: Drinks and refreshments
  • ·         4.00pm – 4.45pm: 3 x 10 minutes plays for 10–12 year olds
  • ·         4.45pm – 5.15pm: An interactive workshop about the pieces.

All activity takes place at the Sherman Theatre, with the performances in our Studio space.

To sign up for the workshop please inform Box Office on 029 2064 6900

Cast list for the performances: 

  • ·         ALEXANDRIA RILEY


  • ·         GWAWR LOADER

  • ·         GARETH PIERCE

  • ·         NEAL MCWILLIAMS

  • ·         PHYLIP HARRIES


  • ·         RUTH LLOYD


Comment by Naomi Chiffi on October 25, 2016 at 11:31

WHY? Festival was an interesting and inspirational event.  It was good to see groups of teenagers there, actively engaging in all discussions and proving a vital part of the conversations.

A particular highlight for me was the lyric workshop (FAM) delivered by Nathan Crossan-Smith.  He offered a brief history of Grime culture and then curated a discussion around notions of family and who we consider our families to be.  This resonated well with a number of members of our group, especially the younger ones, and it was an interesting exercise in creativity as, following the discussions, we were encouraged to develop lyrics based around our ideas of family.  This was delivered in a really accessible way, meaning that even those of us who would otherwise have been terrified by the prospect of creating Grime lyrics, all felt that we were able to contribute something to the finished piece. 

Nathan is a director and artist who obviously knows how to connect with marginalised groups.  He has previously worked with 20 Stories High, amongst others, and it was amazing to see how well he engaged with all members of the audience but more importantly, gave us all pause for thought.  

Comment by Naomi Chiffi on October 21, 2016 at 19:38

Looking forward to attending the event outlined below.  Will give a full breakdown of the event tomorrow. 

Comment by Naomi Chiffi on October 21, 2016 at 19:38


Following on from Thirty Pound Gentleman’s event at Contact in summer about hate crime and its impact since Brexit, TPG present “Democracy Has Occurred!” an interactive panel discussion, presented in radio show format with music, performances, and special guests. 

The audience will be invited to interact and get the chance to hot seat – becoming a part of the action. 

We'll explore the fallout of Brexit. We will ask political activists, apathists and those inbetween to discuss if ‘democracy has occurred’ or not. We will discover where on the scale of opinions, activism and extremism our panelists are placed. As well as debating whether some opinions, and how they are expressed, are safe for everybody.


Thirty Pound Gentleman (TPG): is a company that works with young people exploring the three work strands of culture, leadership and education. 

Delivering an accredited employability award alongside creative projects, events and consulting with brands and companies, all of Thirty Pound Gentleman's work is designed to help people lead and create, and to support people in accessing employment and further education opportunities.

Thirty Pound Gentleman also has a monthly online radio show where influential and inspiring people are interviewed to help in building text and audio based resources for young people to experience and learn from.


Jessica Davis (Bite The Ballot): 
Jessica is a Community Engagement Officer for Bite The Ballot. In her role she engages young people in politics, through a variety of workshops and outreach. Bite The Ballot are a UK-based democracy movement, on a mission to empower citizens aged 16-24, and is committed to rebranding politics. BTB were prominent in getting young people to register and vote in the EU referendum, through their national campaign #TURNUP.

Kamila Rymajdo (Vice/ Noisey): 
Kamila Rymajdo is a writer and journalist from Manchester via Poland. As a nightclub promoter, flash fiction writer and someone immersed in Grime culture – writing about "Waltzers and Wardubs" for Noisey and Vice magazine – Kamila has a unique spin on most things.

Berry Black (Cul De Sac): 
One quarter of Mancunian Hip Hop group Cul De Sac, Berry Black is also a community project manager with a special focus on economics and the Black community. A great rap artist who is hardly ever lost for words or awkward questions!

Klepto (Tonga Balloon Gang): 
Klepto is a DJ and member of the raucous "Tonga Balloon Gang" now notorious for hosting parties all over the world alongside fellow Tongans Mike Skinner and Murkage Dave. Klepto will never bite his lip or hold his tongue.

Reime Gedal (Occupy Arab Art) 

Sam Kalubowila (Widening participation Coordinator, Manchester University)


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