In previous articles we’ve looked at how the arts is being used as a catalyst for positive change in a variety of areas around the UK, including Merthyr Tydfil, Liverpool, Cardiff and of course Caernarfon, where STAMP continues to work with Arts Council Wales and other agencies on arts-based regeneration projects.

In this article we look at how Arts Council of Wales, through its Ideas: People: Places initiative, is helping three other parts of Wales to do the same.

Rhondda Cynon Taf

A community regeneration project in the Rhondda, called “It’s Art But It’s Not”, operates in the villages of Penygraig, Trebanog and Porth.

This three-year partnership brings together a large social landlord, Trivallis, with Valleys Kids and Artes Mundi and together they’re putting art at the heart of community regeneration.

Local artists and communities have worked together to develop public art which helps community members to explore their surroundings creatively and appreciate their local area’s assets and identity, while also providing physical improvements to the towns.

Haverfordwest

‘Confluence’ is a collaboration between several agencies in Haverfordwest, with the aim of spending ten years transforming it into a vibrant and distinctive market town that’s reconnected with its river.

In time, the collaborators hope that Haverfordwest will become a leading light in arts-led regeneration of small Welsh towns.

The project also includes ‘The Lab which combines artist residencies and commissions with a variety of other experimental and creative projects, bringing together the arts, urban design, planning and regeneration.

Confluence and The Lab aim to address some of Haverfordwest’s problems, which have included a move to online and out of town shopping, high business rates, lack of investment and interest in the arts, and people feeling disempowered.

Llandudno

Caernarfon isn’t the only North Wales Town to benefit from Ideas: People: Places – our neighbour Llandudno is also receiving funding through the initiative to put toward ‘regeneration through the arts’ projects.

Culture Action Llandudno (Call) is a social enterprise with culture-led regeneration at its core. Through its ‘Lost Spaces’ project, Call is reimagining and revitalising disused and derelict buildings, plots of waste land and unloved estates.

Working with artists and communities, Call seek to do something original and exciting to help Llandudno make its mark as a leading North Wales cultural destination, attracting cultural tourism and boosting the local economy.

Here at STAMP we’re very excited to see the arts playing such an important role in the physical, social and economic regeneration of so many Welsh towns and villages. Seeing the creative ideas evolving and shaping other parts of Wales is very encouraging, given the plans and ideas we’re working on for Caernarfon.

If you’d like to know more about how STAMP is working to improve Caernarfon with arts-led projects, please take a look at our recent ‘recap’ blog post.