Wales’ three university arts centres – Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Aberystwyth University), Pontio Arts (Bangor University) and Taliesin Arts Centre (Swansea University) – have teamed up to mount a successful bid to undertake a large scale socially engaged creative project. 

The project, “Home and Hinterland”, is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and worth £175,000, with the aim of engaging students, freelance creatives, academics and community groups across the length and breadth of Wales.

Taking place throughout the next academic year, 2021-22, the project will be led by a lead artist and a lead producer, collaborating with students, academics and freelance artists, across the three locations. Inspired by the Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015), the project will investigate both a personal and collective sense of home and of place. This project aims to build pride in people’s local area, with an equal understanding of its place within an international context.

It will also pose questions about a future Wales that the participants want to see in a post-Covid, post-Brexit world, where the need for social cohesion and social justice are as pertinent as ever. Inclusivity will be at the core of the project, from the outset, setting a multilingual, multigenerational ambition to reach as many people as possible. Now, more than ever, our communities need support to come together after being apart, as they face the challenges of the coming years including increasing youth unemployment, as well as loneliness and the isolation of those who have been shielding. This project aims to bring people together, to share experiences and celebrate the differences between us and move towards our future together.

Dafydd Rhys, Director at Aberystwyth Arts Centre:

“I’m very excited about this project and how many different groups of people will be brought together. Civic mission is at the core of the three participating universities and this project will show how each university can lead the way in genuine social change in its community.”

Osian Gwynn, Pontio Arts Director:

“This partnership is vitally important and I believe it is the first time the three partners have come together to work on a creative project. Collaborating and co-working will be key to how we create genuine change and impact and this project embodies that ethos.” 

 

Simon Coates, Head of Cultural Services at Taliesin Arts Centre:

“The fact that this project will be devised by the communities and the participants is special in itself and symbolizes the nature of what we want to achieve together. I hope this project and partnership will pave the way for many others to follow.”