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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.

Locws International's Locws Schools Swansea Bay Legends Flag by Penyrheol School depicting an animal and flowers in a forestThe collaborative project between Swansea County Council’s Education Department, Oystermouth Castle’s Community Officer and Locws International saw 8 schools throughout the city visit the castle and receive guided tours with the castle’s Community Officer, Erika Kluge and Locws International’s Artist in Residence, Dave Marchant.

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.

Locws International's Locws Schools Swansea Bay Legends Flag by Penyrheol School depicting a dragon swirling on the flag

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.Locws International's Locws Schools Swansea Bay Legends Flag by Penyrheol School depicting a king in his crown and a soldier in his armour.locws international art across the city swansea bay year of legends colourful flag installation in Swansea Bay

locws international art across the city swansea bay year of legends colourful flag installation in Swansea Bay

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.

Locws International's Art Across the City Year of Legends Flags Pictured with Children and Swansea City in Background

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.

Tre Uchaf Primary School Pictured on a Tour of Oystermouth Castle with Erika KlugePlasmarl Primary School Pictured on a Tour of Oystermouth Castle with Locws International's Artist in Residence, Dave MarchantYGG Login Fach Pictured on a Tour of Oystermouth CastleWhitestone Primary School Pictured on a Tour of Oystermouth Castle

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.

Locws International Schools Flag Project: Design from Pentre'r Graig Primary School Featuring a Dragon Locws International Schools Flag Project: Design from Tre Uchaf Primary School Featuring a Dragon Locws Schools Year of Legends Flag Project: Design from Whitestone Primary School Picturing a GirlLocws Schools Year of Legends Flag Project: Children Working Together to Create Designs from YGG Login Fach Picturing a Girl

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.”

Locws International Art Across the City Year of Legends Flags at Swansea Bay with Mumbles Head in the Background 6x4 Wideangle shot

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.

Locws International's Art Across the City Year of Legends Flags Launch with School Children

2017 SwanComm Film Festival Design

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.

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!

Women from Communities First South Cluster are pictured on Locws International's community film-making course in Swansea

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.

Women from Communities First South Cluster are pictured on Locws International's community film-making course in Swansea

Women from Communities First South Cluster are pictured on Locws International's community film-making course in Swansea

Women from Communities First South Cluster are pictured on Locws International's community film-making course in Swansea

LOCWS Creative Participation Programme Featuring Participants from Communities First North East Cluster's Film-Making Course at Seion Chapel Morriston

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.

 

LOCWS Creative Participation Programme Featuring Woman Decorated in British Flags from Communities First West Cluster's Film-Making Course at Mayhill Community Centre

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!

LOCWS Creative Participation Programme Featuring Young People from Swansea's EYST Filming in their Offices

February half term was exceptionally busy this year as we ran back-to-back film-making workshops with participants from Swansea’s African Community Centre and the Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST). Over twenty young people learned film-making skills over four consecutive days with the aim of the course being to have finished films created and produced by the learners by the end of the sessions. The films created will go on to be featured in the summer’s 2017 SwanComm Film Festival, a participant led and organised community film festival.

The groups produced very different films with the young people from EYST focussing on belonging, identity and community and looking at the services EYST provide. Shahab Miah, a support worker from EYST told us that the group had really interesting in-depth discussions around the subjects they were exploring and the young people really tried to identify with people from all walks of the community in thinking about creating the film.

Young people from the African Community Centre created a spooktacular thriller. Their course was held by the National Waterfront Museum which provided a spectacular atmospheric backdrop for the film and the group had great fun having the run of the museum at night!

We can’t wait to see the finished films but in the meantime here’s a short preview of the film created by the young people from the African Community Centre…

LOCWS International would like to introduce Sam Saidely, he is working with us on a 3 week work placement until Friday January 29th in partnership with the ACT Training and the BBC Make It Digital programme, which is helping young unemployed people boost their digital skills and get a foot on the jobs ladder.  Read more…

LOCWS International are excited to announce that Sam Saidely, our new work experience candidate, will begin a 3 week placement with us from Monday January 11th.

This is in partnership with the ACT Training and the BBC Make It Digital programme, which is helping young unemployed people boost their digital skills and get a foot on the jobs ladder. The placement forms part of the nine-week traineeship that includes training from the world-renowned BBC Academy. It teaches participants basic digital skills, such as creating simple websites and short videos for the web; and gets young people ready for work with employability skills and the work placement.  Read more…