Thanks to Swansea County Council and the Friends of Oystermouth Castle visitors can now find more colourful flags from our Year of Legends: Swansea Bay Legends themed Locws schools project at the castle. More will be appearing on the castle walls and on the flagpole over the coming weeks in addition to the eight flags that are already currently situated at the castle.
As the current public art installation featuring the flags at 360 on Oystermouth Road will be coming to an end, more flags will be joining the current installation at the castle.
Schools were provided with opportunities to learn about the heritage and history of the castle and imagine the castle’s inhabitants, visitors and goings on through the ages. Following on from their time at the castle the children returned to the classrooms to begin the creative process of interpreting all they had learned in to drawings and flag designs.
The project saw incredible work produced by each of the schools and the resultant public art installation has been widely talked about by people across the city who commented on what a fabulous and colourful addition it made to the sea front this summer..
Working in partnership with Swansea County Council’s Education Department, Locws International has delivered a colourful and eye-catching public art installation located on Swansea Beach near the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre and Cafe on Oystermouth Road.
To create the public art work, Locws International worked with 8 schools throughout the city on a creative project based on the Visit Wales Year of Legends theme. Starting with a tour of Oystermouth Castle, with the castle’s Community Officer, Erika Kluge and Locws International’s Artist in Residence, Dave Marchant, schools were given the opportunity to learn about the heritage and history of the castle and imagine the castle’s inhabitants, visitors and goings on through the ages.
Dave Marchant then returned to schools to work with learners to explore Welsh and Swansea based myths and legends such as the Mabinogion, the White Lady and Beddgelert. Learners were then encouraged to translate their learning in to creative representations with support and guidance from the artist in residence.
Arts Outreach Coordinator for Locws International said of the project, “Art Across the City this year is about giving opportunities to children across Swansea to become the commissioned artists and create public artworks. We were completely astounded by the quality of the art works submitted by the schools. Limited to choosing only 5 designs from each of the schools, we only wish we could have extended the project to include more works as there were so many incredible options to choose from. We really hope that the artwork will bring a smile to people’s faces, colour to the beach and it will add to the tourist offering of the region. Another public art installation created by school children is sited at Morriston Hospital.”
The public art installation has been created by learners from Pentre’r Graig, Penyrheol, Plasmarl, Tre Uchaf and Whitestone Primary Schools and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Login Fach, Pen-y-Bryn and Pontybrenin and will be in place until Sunday August 13th.
Join us for FREE film-making and photography workshops at the SwanComm Film Festival taking this Saturday, July 15th from 1:30 – 5 pm!
Back for the second year running the festival is kindly being hosted by the National Waterfront Museum and will feature premier films made during community film-making workshops, Q+A’s with film-makers and free film-making and photography workshops (register for a place here).
The culmination of Locws International’s Creative Participation Programme, the festival is organised and run entirely by participants from the programme which was a collaborative project between Locws International and Communities First. The project saw children, young people and adults throughout Swansea gain creative film-making skills and enabled community members to come together to learn the theory and technical skills of making films as diverse as documentary, comic-horror, and silent movies. Under the engaging instruction of local filmmaker and editor Jamie Panton the groups gained skills in interview techniques, camerawork, directing, animation, filming on location, lighting and audio, and how to create the mise-en-scène. All in all, nine film-making courses were held and were attended by participants from Communities First areas, EYST, the African Community Centre and Blaenymaes Primary School and participants over the age of 16 were also given the opportunity to gain accreditations courtesy of Adult Learning Wales.
Siân Parker-Martin, Arts Outreach Co-ordinator for Locws International said, “The classes brought together people with a variety of backgrounds, abilities and ages, forging deeply needed connections within Swansea’s increasingly diverse and disparate communities.
Participants from the courses thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and the films produced by the groups really are fantastic and they should be really proud of their achievements. The project gives communities throughout Swansea a vital opportunity to come together to learn film-making skills, discuss and create films on subjects and issues of their choosing. We ensure that our film-making courses are always driven by what the group wants so this year we have a huge range of films which will be premiered at our free SwanComm Film Festival taking place at the National Waterfront Museum on July 15th.”
SwanComm Festival aims to bring the City together to hear the voices of the community as they talk about their experiences of living in Swansea, explore this year’s theme of the Year of Legends, and make people laugh. Some of the films were made by children for children, and some are more suitable for over 12’s like B-movie horror romp ‘Zombie Sharks’, but the festival has been designed to be a family event, complete with a Q&A after the screenings to discuss the films with those who made them. There will also be filmmaking workshops where people can have a go at making a short film, which will be available to view on YouTube post event.
Siân went on to say:
“We want SwanComm to continue to grow and our objective is that this event inspires more people to get involved with their local community and get creative. It’s a measure of success that a large percentage of this year’s participants are returning learners from last year, and we aim to get enough interest from budding filmmakers to make this an ongoing entity.
Come and join us at the National Waterfront Museum on 15th July 1.30-5pm for films, workshops, fun and great prizes to see what all the talk is about!”
This project was supported by funding received from Arts Council Wales, Welsh Government and the Big Lottery and was run in collaboration with Swansea Communities First, Adult Learning Wales and the National Waterfront Museum.
June and July have been exceptionally busy here at Locws with projects rolling out across schools in Swansea. This year our project participants are the stars of Art Across the City and creative public artworks by our participants will be appearing at two different sites in Swansea this summer.
The first of which is a public art piece which will be sited at Morriston Hospital. The schools mural project run in partnership with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board kicked off in April and is due to be launched on the 12th of July (more details below). We were overwhelmed by the volume and quality of art works we received from schools throughout the city so huge thanks goes out to all those who participated and contributed to the project. We’ve been busy, busy, busy working through all the submissions. The work has now been sent off to the printers ready for installation later this week and we can’t wait to see it!
We’d love to invite anyone who took part to come along to the launch of the mural at Morriston Hospital and we are extremely privileged that the launch will be attended and launched by The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of the City & County of Swansea Councillor Downing and Mrs Lilian Downing.
Please find below information regarding the event:
Date and time: July 12th at 1:30 pm
Location: Clock Garden behind Ty Olwen on the grounds of Morriston Hospital
Maes Y Gwernan Hall is the suggested drop off point. From there you can walk along the path to the garden . Due to parking challenges it is advisable to allow plenty of time to find parking prior to the commencement of the event which will begin promptly at 1:30.
The hospital advises that children wear hi-vis vests if schools or parents have them.
It would be fantastic if the children could attend the launch and it would be hugely helpful if you could please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 5th indicating how many people will be in attendance so we can inform colleagues at the hospital.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions relating to the project or launch.
Another week and we’ve been in the Communities First’s North West Cluster at the South Penlan Community Centre. This was our final week working in the Communities First cluster areas as next week we’re moving on to work with children from Blaenymaes Primary School.
This week’s group wanted to make a film about Swansea and to do this we utilised our connections with the fabulous Poets on the Hill #POTHS creators of film Gaze Upon the Yonder from last year’s film-making workshops! The group went in to the city centre to capture shots of the people, places and changing moods of Swansea and they thought it would be great if the film could be accompanied by a poem about Swansea.
So, we got in touch with Poets on the Hill, a local poetry group and to see if anyone had written poems about the city. We were extremely lucky as Gemma Collins, a member of the poetry group and a participant from last week’s film-making course stepped up and kindly wrote a poem for the film.
We were also fortunate to be joined by two excellent volunteers this week and would like to say a big thank you to Stuart and Georgina for all your help!
Well what a wonderful week it’s been. We’ve had a brilliant, highly enthusiastic all women’s group this week and the group decided to make a film about gender and gender inequality. We had a great mix in the group this week with mums and daughters, participants from around the UK and Europe and Junior Miss Swansea.
The group discussions explored the issues around gender including gender identification and gender inequality. Can’t wait to see the finished film
Once again it was wonderful to see familiar faces among the participants as people who have attended our sessions in the past joined us for the course once again including people who have been volunteers and have come as a participants this time and those who have been participants who now volunteer with us.
We’ve been in the Seion Chapel in Morriston this week with another great and hard-working group from the Communities First North East Cluster. Inspired by the beautiful chapel the group decided to film a ghostly story and had great fun with costumes and learning special effects to bring the film to life. The group worked really hard throughout the week so we’re looking forward to seeing the final piece!
It was also great to see familiar faces including our lovely volunteers from last week’s course and someone who had returned after being a participant in last year’s programme and brought a friend because he enjoyed it and go so much out of our programme.
We headed to the Communities First West Cluster this week to run our accredited community film-making course (thanks to WEA Cymru/Adult Learning Wales!) and were based in Mayhill Community Centre. It was a fantastic week filled with lots of fun, enthusiasm, games and animated discussions around the topic of memories. We even had people running around playing football, hopscotch and having street parties.
The brilliant participants chose to make a film looking at memories and the group discussed and looked at the differences between the past and the present. All good material for what will surely be a great film.
Two of the group enjoyed it so much they will be joining us on next week’s course as volunteers!
Week two of our Creative Participation Programme’s film-making workshops and we’ve been in Birchgrove in Communities First East Cluster. It’s been a fun-packed week with the group who chose to create and produce a horror film. The participants loved the sessions so much they even created a lovely thank-you card for our wonderful tutor, Jamie Panton.
LOCWS International is an award-winning artist-led charity that was established in 1999 with the aim of making the arts more accessible to the public. Based in the City of Swansea, the charity has developed a range of educational and participatory activities that enables members of the community to take part in and broaden their understanding of the arts.