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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!

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Dominic from Luton (Dominic Allan) has Call Mum written on his left hand every day in black biro. He describes it as ‘an advert of love in the monotony of our daily lives.’ For Cardiff Contemporary, Dominic from Luton would like to share this simple yet universal statement with the citizens and visitors to Cardiff.

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Craig Fisher is an artist based in Nottingham, UK. Commissioned in partnership with the National Waterfront Museum to commemorate the WWI centenary, Fisher has created an interior / exterior space. Using a mix of his trademark textiles and wall paintings, Fisher presents archive material from the Museum collection looking at the War in Wales. We caught up with Craig for a quick Q & A.

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As part of the Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations, Swansea’s favourite son gets a radically modern makeover from one of the UK’s most exciting artists. Jon Burgerman, famous for his highly colourful, vibrant art and illustrations, has created a very large-scale collection of weird and wonderful references to Dylan’s writing such as Under Milk Wood.  Situated opposite the castle and the wilds of Wind Street, Burgerman’s eclectic mural links to both the past and future. We caught up with him for a quick chat ahead of his commission for Art Across The City 2014.

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The latest artist to join the Art Across The City 2013 lineup is Phil Cheater. Graduating from Swansea Metropolitan University in 2011, Cheater is one of Wales’ most exciting emerging artists, with a very distinctive style. Below, Phil gives an introduction to his work and what he will be exhibiting in Swansea.

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The Art Across The City info hub on Oxford Street, Swansea will have Halloween mask making based upon Jock Mooney’s Swansea Kebab in Castle Gardens. Mooney’s work itself will be transformed into a celebration of Swansea and Halloween, with Bonnie Tyler, The Swansea Devil and Swansea Jack all getting a spooky makeover.

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The work is installed and we are just waiting for David Blandy’s video game to arrive at The National Waterfront Museum for our launch event there this evening at 6.30pm. We’d like to thank all the artists and the Art Across The City technical team for all their hard work. Here’s to a successful six weeks out on the streets of sunny Swansea.

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