This is where all the information about WalesLab will be posted. If you have a question get in contact with Simon Coates, Creative Associate. 

For more info on the projects we've supported you can see the links on the right hand side. You'll also FAQ's there too.

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WalesLab information


Over the next four years, thanks to significant investment from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, WalesLab will use the nation as a landscape for developing new theatre ideas. The project is open for submissions all year round - to do so you will need to join this group, complete a profile for yourself and use the ideas submission form on the NTW website. You can find that here.
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The initiative is split into three strands:

Pollinate:         A summer camp for up to twenty theatre makers and artists of varied experience to share ideas, learn form each other and stimulate new collaborations and projects (watch the video below to find out more).

Fertilise:          For around a week small groups will work on the development of a project they have proposed. There will be up to eight Fertilise projects a year, some of which may have an international element.

Germinate:     Three times a year small groups of artists will be offered the opportunity to spend around two weeks somewhere in Wales developing an idea or project which they have already begun working on, and will share their work with a local audience. There will be three Germinate projects a year, one of which will have an international element.



For more information on WalesLab can be found in this group.

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The Cardiff Christmas Bazaar

On Saturday November 29th, in conjuction with Somewhereto_, ProMoCymru and The Modern Alchemists, ON iiiT brings you The Cardiff Christmas Bazaar! A broad mix of Christmas market stalls full or art,…Continue

Tags: fun, autumn, inspiration, stalls, workshop

Started by Sophie Chei Hickson Aug 21.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer OpportunitiesThis autumn The Abacus on Wood Street welcomes:The Cardiff Christmas Bazaar!In conjunction with Somewhereto_, ProMoCymru, The Modern Alchemists and National Youth Theatre…Continue

Tags: freebies, experience, cardiff, support, creative

Started by Sophie Chei Hickson Aug 21.

ONiiiT: The Power of Words

ONiiiT is back!Back by popular demand, after a successful set of workshops,…Continue

Tags: skills, cardiff, fun, workshop, fundraising

Started by Sophie Chei Hickson Aug 21.

Episode Three of the 'Penarth' fun sci fi web series

Hello Folks ... so here is Episode Three in the 'Penarth' fun sci fi series (Two men without any real direction and apparently not much of a clue about anything either!!) ....This is a shorter…Continue

Started by nigel streeter Jun 30.

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Comment by nigel streeter on Tuesday

Well here it is as promised folks ... 'Penarth' the web series . Part V 'Silence is Golden' ...Hope you like it. Parts 6 and 7 ('The End of Time') are in post production right now and will be out in the coming weeks. If you do enjoy it then please feel free to share. ...

Comment by Carrie Ann-Newman on September 3, 2014 at 13:00

Hi there folks!

Im organizing a symposium called " How safe is the 'safe space' of participatory practice in an arts and heritage context?". If anyone is interested in coming along and having a good ole debate about this then please see the event link below.

8th October at Cardiff Story! Hope you can make it as it should make for an interesting debate!

Carrie x

Comment by Gavin Porter on September 1, 2014 at 14:31

Cast Your Vote

Voting opened last Friday for next stage of the Big Democracy Project. We invited proposals from across North Wales and the three ideas that are now up for public vote are three really strong and relevant ideas. The public will now decide which idea gets developed in an Assembly (performance/debate event) by voting for the one they feel chimes with them.

Central to the Big Democracy Project is how can we create the Wales we want? With action through art The Big Democracy project will help communities find their voice and explore issues that are important locally and nationally.

The themes are Homelessness, Voter Apathy and Rural Travel, more information can be found here 

Cast your vote.

Join in the Conversation #BigDemocracy

Democracy is.....?

Comment by Sarah Jane Leigh on August 28, 2014 at 12:47

I'd love your thoughts on Producing you lovely creatives . . .

Comment by Lisa Wells-Turner on August 26, 2014 at 12:05

Hey everyone.  Just a reminder that the next TEAM Workout session is coming up in Cardiff on the 6th September.  Details are here ...

Any queries or questions do get in touch.


Comment by Simon Coates on August 21, 2014 at 13:35

Your opportunity to have a say on how Artist Development at NTW should work...

Comments now starting to appear on my blog post about the potential direction of this work at NTW. Go on, stick your oar in.

Comment by Simon Coates on August 19, 2014 at 10:17

LONDON WALESLAB'ERS - would be great to catch up with some of you at this event...

Comment by Simon Coates on August 18, 2014 at 15:34

Our Japanese WalesLab artists will be giving a talk about their work back in Japan, plus their latest work (being developed through WalesLab right now) will be giving a talk in London next week.

More info on my blog post

Do come along if you are in London!

Comment by Simon Coates on August 18, 2014 at 12:57

Any thoughts out there on this then?

Your opportunity to have a say on how Artist Development at NTW should work...

Comment by Simon Coates on August 18, 2014 at 9:10

Our Japanese artists have arrived and have started to add blog posts to the community. Have a look at a few of them here:

Chinatsu Ito from Underground Airport -

Yo Nakamura -

They'll both be sharing the results of their WalesLab projects in Cardiff next week. For more information - get in touch


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