Powys Arts Forum helps join up and encourage arts activity across the county, providing:-
- A voice in shaping programmes and policy
- A forum to express your ideas and concerns
- An opportunity to network with like-minded people
New Logo - New Look
We are adopting a new look and a new logo, as you will have seen from our new leaflet at the Powys Arts Conference. We are still working on making the changes to the website but they'll be in place soon.
Community Regeneration Grants
LATEST NEWS (April 29th)
Applications to the fund are due in by April 30th and there will be some evaluation of what is being achieved, particularly by the Partnership Grants, during the coming year.
Organisations in receipt of partnership grants are having their annual grant cut by 10% during 2013-14 pending the outcome of that evaluation. What will happen in 2014 is far from clear.
As a result of the SURVIVE & THRIVE Conference the arts organisations who are members of the Forum will be working together to collate data. Please keep in touch if this applies to you, and particularly if you weren't able to make the conference.
Here are some of the items we've featured during the past year.
Exhibition at Brook Street Gallery
Exhibition of Studio Ceramics and Framed Found Objects
By Phil Rogers (50 New Pots) and Max Suffield (Framed Found Objects)
Private View Sunday 1st April 11am until 3pm
Exhibition Dates 1st April to 5th May 2012
Brook Street Pottery, Hay-on-Wye
T: 01497 821070
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 10.30am until 5.00pm
Live Music Bill Passes Committee Stage
The Live Music Bill, co-sponsored by Lord Clement-Jones and Don Foster MP, cleared its last Commons hurdle on Friday (20th Jan). It is now on the home straight to becoming law.
Two minor amendments agreed in Commons Committee must be ratified in the Lords, probably within a fortnight, and dates set for Royal Assent. Implementation will require secondary legislation. A lead-in period of several months is likely to allow time for the live music sections within statutory Licensing Guidance to be rewritten.
... more (external link to Hamish Birchall's newsletter)
Culture Colony News
Poetry for greengrocers as part of Brecon Arts Festival 2011
An installation by Huw Parsons
SURVIVE & THRIVE: POWYS ARTS CONFERENCE 2013
The 2013 Powys Arts Conference SURVIVE & THRIVE took place on Thursday 25th April at Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells.
A Meeting of Collaborators!
A big thank you to everyone who came to the Powys Arts Conference 2013 and made the day so successful.
A theme that emerged at many points throughout the day was the need for working together and effective collaboration.
We will help that process along by placing information here in the next week or so as we gather it in.
The Powys Arts Forum Trustees would like to thank all of you for coming and contributing, and to Suzy West for putting together such a fantastic programme.
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OPEN SPACE Events from ACW
Following the meetings in late February and early March the Arts Council of Wales are digesting the responses. At the Powys Arts Conference (see above) Chief Executive of ACW, Nick Capaldi, said the council will be shortly providing a summary of the ideas put forward, and its own response.
Community Grants Storm
THE plan to cut 75% of the Community Regeneration Grants budget was pit to Powys County Council on February 21st. The plan was rejected and instead it is now proposed, we believe, to carry out 25% of the cuts in year one, followed by an equivalent amount in year 2 and then again in year 3.
THEN a further debate took place on March 4th at which it was decided to cut grants by 10% in year one. Latest information is at the top left of thsi page.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-21412893
THE deferral gives time for proper analysis of such a cut to take place, and the Forum will do all it can to provide information in that debate.
THIS is a budget that supports a huge amount of activity in the arts, and will have a knock-on effect which may result in funding from other sources - such as the Arts Council of Wales - being lost or reduced. In other words. we may lose say £20,000 for every £5,000 we save. If you think this isn't a good idea, if you value the work the organisations do please let your councillor know.
AS well as Powys Arts Forum itself, these are the organisations and projects that are likley to suffer. No assessment has been made of the likely effect on any of these of their budgets being cut, and funding will be withdrawn from some of them altogether. If any of these matter to you - tell your councillor.
Andrew Logan Museum
Beacons Creative Powys
Celf O Gwmpas
Friends of North Powys Youth Orchestra
Hay Festival Winter Weekend
Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival
Mid Border Arts
Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra
Mid Wales Circuit
Mid Wales Opera
Montgomery Music Festival
Montgomery Youth Theatre
Powys Arts Marketing Project
Presteigne Festival of Music & Arts
Presteigne Shirehall Museum Trust
South Powys Youth Music
Wyeside Arts Centre
Youth Theatre Development Fund
and many sports and community organisations will also be affected.
A Most Successful AGM!
Thanks to all of those who took part - you can see Sasha Kagan in the accompanying picture indicating where the members had travelled from.
The Annual Report and accounts were accepted - they will soon be available in our Library section - and a number of new initiatives were discussed.
We will soon be advertising for a Conference Co-ordinator, and also a Co-Ordinator for Arts Month, probably in the New Year.
We are currently engaged in the Powys High Street Research, Zen Project, Brecon Jazz stakeholders group, Walking Trails development and Art Education in Schools response as well as our work with both the Powys Regeneration Partnership and Glasu.
To continue this work we need to have a strong membership base - so please renew your annual subscription if you haven't already done so.
Has your membership lapsed?
To take advantage of our networks and new developments for 2013-4, please go to our membership page to renew.
Powys County Councils Arts Service is currently advertising two new part-time temporary posts.
Youth Theatre Participation Officer
Night Out Support Officer
YOUTH THEATRE PARTICIPATION OFFICER The post holder will be responsible for leading the implementation of the Youth Theatre Plan 2013-15, working in collaboration with a range of organisations to develop an equitable, accessible and sustainable network of professionally led, bilingual, community based youth theatre activity in Powys for children and young people aged 12 - 25 years.
NIGHT OUT SUPPORT OFFICER The post holder will be responsible for promoting the Arts Council of Wales ?Night Out? rural & community touring scheme in Powys, supporting community promoters to successfully present theatre productions for their communities throughout the county.
If you would like to discuss the posts, please do contact Lucy Bevan on 01597 82444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information or to apply online please visit - https://recruitment.powys.gov.uk/
Please note the deadline for submitting applications is 19th May 2013
FINANCE OFFICER, THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
The company seeks an organised and self-motivated Finance Officer to be the principal operator of SAGE, produce financial reports, accounting, and administrative services to meet statutory and company requirements.
The recruitment pack is available from
Closing date for applications 10.00am Tuesday 7 May 2013
Interviews Friday 10 May
CALL FOR ENTRIES
At Denbighshire & District 2013 National Eisteddfod of Wales there will be a large multi media exhibition and applications in both fine and applied art (including the moving image and performance art) are invited.
Selectors: Amanda Farr (Director Oriel Davies, Newtown), Laura Ford (Artist and Sculptor) Fennah Podschies (Curator and Consultant, Crafts)
The following accolades will be awarded:
FINE ART - The Gold Medal for Fine Art
Prize: The Gold Medal for Fine Art (replica) and £5,000
CRAFT AND DESIGN - The Gold Medal for Craft and Design
Prize: The Gold Medal for Craft and Design (replica) and £5,000
YOUNG ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP - Scholarship: £1,500
Download an application form
Powys Art Trails
We have now selected the Art Trails for our pilot project, as announced last year. They will take place in Newbridge-on-Wye, Caersws, Erwood and Knucklas. Information on the Trails app and the pilot projects will be featured at the Conference.