Almost a year and a half into STAMP being established, we recap on the purpose of the project and how it fits into the wider scheme of improvements to Caernarfon.
STAMP is part of the Caernarfon Waterfront and Town Centre Regeneration Initiative – an ambitious and innovative programme of projects which collectively aim to reinforce the town’s vibrancy and distinctiveness, providing opportunities to its residents and visitors by working with Caernarfon’s existing unique assets. The outcome we’re aiming for is to reinforce Caernarfon’s standing as North Wales’ leading cultural destination.
The initiative is led by Gwynedd Council, and it brings together multiple agencies including Cadw, Arts Council for Wales, Antur Waunfawr, Gisda, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, the Caernarfon Harbour Trust and Galeri Caernarfon.
Funding for the initiative was secured in November 2014, when Gwynedd Council received £1m from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Tackling Poverty Fund.
STAMP’s role within the initiative is to bring about a greater ‘sense of place’ and promote community ownership of local spaces, through the arts and through meaningful involvement, participation and dialogue with local people. We aim to enrich Caernarfon’s regeneration by commissioning and providing artistic content, which is being done through several STAMP projects:
Gefail yr Ynys
Having opened up the old forge on the Island Site on Caernarfon’s waterfront, STAMP is working with artists and metalworkers to provide training courses in various aspects of metalworking. The Island Site is being redeveloped to create studio and retail space for artists and makers.
Tre’r Cofis Shops
The Tre’r Cofis Shops Project created over 100 miniature artworks tracing the history of shops in Caernarfon. The project was led by artist Luned Rhys Parri, who worked with the community, photographer Dewi Glyn and local historian Emrys Llewelyn.
Mae gen i Go’
Mae gen i Go’ is an exciting and ambitious project which leads residents and visitors on sensory journeys around Caernarfon. Gisda interviewed people from Caernarfon and asked them about the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feelings that they associate with different parts of the town. At the places mentioned by interviewees there will be QR codes, and when scanned by a smartphone the codes will make the phone play a recording of the interview.
Working with local artists, STAMP organises weekends of art exhibitions at Caernarfon Castle during the Caernarfon Food Festival. The exhibitions include performances, sculptures and multi-media works, all responding to the castle’s unique location and history and celebrating its architecture.
CARN is a collective of local artists, led by prominent international artist and Caernarfon resident Bedwyr Williams. CARN is involved in many artistic projects in the town, and part of their work will be to promote the arts in the Caernarfon area and its members will create artworks of different types throughout the town.
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