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We are offering the opportunity for school learners to take part in the production of a new public artwork at Morriston Hospital and very much hope that your school will take part.

In partnership with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board we are asking local learners to create colourful elements of the new artwork that will be sited on a section of hoardings around a new development at the centre of the hospital. We are looking for bold, colourful artworks that will make a vibrant and striking display, appealing to patients, staff and visitors, while the area is undergoing redevelopment.

To enable your school learners to take part, please print out the artwork templates below and invite your learners to colour in, draw on or paint on them either by hand or using a computer. The templates can be done at A4 or A3 as required. Please write the learner’s name and school on the back of each page they do. The look of the finished template artworks are up to each participant but the colourful designs at the bottom of this page could be used as inspiration. Why not ask your learners to think of themes inspired by where they live, their favourite places or things?

NB: This is open to all key stages

A selection of the finished template artworks will be chosen to develop the final mural, which will be scaled up, printed on to panels and fixed to the hoardings at Morriston Hospital. The artwork will be installed in July 2017. Each school which has designs selected will be invited to the hospital to celebrate the results and will be credited on the Art Across The City website and related publicity material.

The deadline for finished artworks to be returned to us is Monday May 22nd, please send by post to: Art Across The City, PO Box 127, Swansea SA3 9BF

or by email to

This is a great opportunity for your learners to be involved in making an exciting public artwork which will in turn benefit local people who use Morriston Hospital. We hope you will be interested in participating and we look forward to receiving your artworks.

Download the templates here:

Here are some previous template designs that might offer inspiration to your learners:

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

Image from Video Preview of LOCWS International's 2017 Creative Participation Programme's Film-Making Sessions

A little preview of some of the Swansea Communities First community films created and brilliant groups from the first half of our 2017 Creative Participation Programme‘s accredited community film-making workshops including groups from the African Community Centre Wales, Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST) and the North East, East and West Communities First clusters.

Huge thanks goes to Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru | Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, City and County of Swansea Council and WEA Cymru/ Addysg Oedolion Cymru / Adult Learning Wales for making this possible and to our tutor Jamie Panton and the Communities First support teams for all their help in putting the sessions together.

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 Woman Holding Toy Gun from Communities First East Cluster's Film-Making Course at Birchgrove Community Centre

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.

Illustration of LOCWS Film-Making Workshop Tutor Jamie Panton Holding Action SnapperNote for LOCWS Film-Making Workshop Tutor Jamie Panton saying "Thank you for giving us the confidence and support in the making of this film that we didn't think we could do. You made us all smile and laugh"

Here’s a few photos of the participants in action

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…

2017 Film-making Workshops for Communities First Residents

Can you take a moment to help us spread the word? We’ve got FREE 2017 film workshop opportunities available for Swansea Communities First area residents.

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2016 LOCWS Schools Exhibition at the Grand Theatre, Swansea

An exhibition of artwork from schools in Swansea is now open in the Level 2 Gallery at the Grand Theatre, Swansea from 5 October – 27 October 2016.

Opened by The Lord Mayor of the City and County, Councillor David Hopkins of Swansea, and attended by The Lady Mayoress, Councillor Beverly Hopkins, Councillor Christine Richards, Deputy Leader of the City and County of Swansea and Mr. D. Byron Lewis, HM Lord-Lieutenant, the exhibition showcases artworks created by young people from across the city Read more…