As part of our 2015 - 2017 programme, ArtWorks Cymru invited artists, organisations and further and higher education institutions to come forward with proposals that will share and build on good practice, and could generate new working solutions that may ‘change the conversation’ around participatory arts in Wales.
The aim of the Seed Fund was to stimulate new and existing partnerships to work together to explore some of the key issues at the heart of the ArtWorks Cymru program:
- a training network for participatory artists across Wales
- connections between artists, arts organisations and further and higher education
- innovative methods for exchange of practice
- links between non-arts commissioners and artists
- digital methods for growing the community of practice in Wales
- links across art forms, sectors, settings, and career stages.
Seed Fund One ran from April 2015 to November 2015 and the four projects were as follows:
- FIO (previously Youth Of Creative Arts) are exploring a potential training offer for youth arts facilitators in collaboration with Mess up the Mess, and Taking Flight Theatre Company.
- Addo and Glyndwr University are exploring multi-partner working and developing a set of best practice tools that can support artists, commissioners and arts organisations as they develop work together.
- South West and Mid Wales Arts and Wellbeing Network are creating a tool kit for artists who are delivering work in hospital settings.
- Dr Natasha Mayo and Melaneia Warwick are mapping new paradigms of participatory practice through a series of case studies, and exploring how they can influence curriculum at HEI level.
We interviewed the Seed Fund One leads in December 2015, and you can see what they said in our Seed Fund Documentary.
Seed Fund Two ran from March 2016 to October 2016, and the projects funded were as follows:
- Embedding a Creative Approach to Care Plans - led by Valley and Vale in collaboration with Newport Council
- An investigation into Cultural Commissioning led by David Jones Associates
- A Practice Exchange between Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Making Music Changing Lives
- Calling Ponty - an arts intervention in Pontypridd led by Artis Community and Pontypridd Museum
- Roll out of the Artist in Hopsitals Toolkit led by the South and West Wales Arts and Wellbeing Network
You can find out more about these projects in our Seed Fund 2 Documentary.