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Small World Theatre

Small World Theatre is an artist-led company with many decades of commitment to Arts and Sustainability Small World Theatre has 4 main streams of activity: We create performances: Producing and performing our own original shows and events: creating theatre performances that can tour small and mid scale venues. Street shows and site-specific spectaculars often using myth and legend as well as intimate, environmentally sensitive experiences. Running our own venue: We present a range of arts and performance events, mentoring emerging artists/performers, hosting conferences, community events, classes and workshops. The building is an accessible, welcoming space that provides a model of sustainability for other organisations striving towards a zero carbon future. Implementing projects and facilitating workshops: these are developed and delivered in house, in the community by us and for other agencies. Designing and delivering international projects in arts and theatre for development. We facilitate workshops, design and deliver our own accredited training programmes and also for other organisations. These programmes build skills and confidence with people of different ages and abilities. We are pioneers in developing and using methodologies now increasingly called SEED SCALE We work creatively in education: We work with primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, teacher training institutions and universities offering programmes of training and workshops for teachers and students. We create educational touring theatre in Welsh and English that are accompanied by dedicated workshops, curriculum mapping and teaching resources. We are an experienced AGORED Accreditation Centre working with creative education to help people of all ages and abilities gain meaningful, life changing qualifications.

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Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a 'national flagship for the arts'. It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, both producing and presenting, across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts and is recognised as a national centre for arts development. We welcome over 750,000 visitors a year, including over 100,000 attendances for performing arts and events featuring local, national and international work, 236,000 for exhibitions and over 100,000 for our unique community arts and education programme. In 2000 the Arts Centre completed a major £4.3 million redevelopment. In 2009 it undertook an additional £1.75 million development which added an artists and creative industries studios complex, and acts as the base for a major artists in residence programme. This gives Aberystwyth Arts Centre a range of facilities unrivalled throughout much of the UK. The Arts Centre is a department of Aberystwyth University, and sits at the heart of the university's campus, with stunning views over the town of Aberystwyth and along the coastline of Cardigan Bay.

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Theatr Iolo

Theatr Iolo is an award-winning theatre company, which for over twenty-five years has delivered witty, bittersweet and powerfully magical performances in schools, nurseries, village halls, community centres, theatres, forests, streets, playgrounds and even a cowshed in Austria. We have performed all over Wales and the UK, and internationally across Europe, Russia and Korea. Our vision is to share stories for a lifetime.

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Mid Wales Opera

Mid Wales Opera’s mission is to create and perform accessible opera on an intimate scale, enabling our audiences to experience opera differently. The scale at which we work enables us to fulfil our ambitions to: Stage thought-provoking, moving and high quality productions in smaller venues across Wales and England where professional live opera is rarely shown, thus reaching audiences who would not otherwise be able to experience it Play a part in sustaining a vibrant culture of live opera performance by offering invaluable career development opportunities to young artists specialising in opera, from those still studying to those taking the first steps on the professional ladder, which in turn will enable them to progress to careers on a national and international level

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Blackwood Miners' Institute

Blackwood Miners’ Institute (The ‘Stute) is a vibrant and professional theatre, and one of the busiest in the South Wales Valleys; it is also the only professional theatre in Caerphilly County Borough. Originally the building opened as a snooker hall that was owned by the Coal Industry and the Social Welfare Organisation. The first stones were laid in 1925 and it was paid for out of the Oakdale Miners’ wages at 3d a week. Original events staged in the building included tea dances, snooker/billiards, reading groups, rehearsals and union meetings for local miners. After falling into disrepair in the 1970’s-1980’s and following many of the local pit closures, the building was conveyed as a charitable trust in 1990 to Islwyn Council. It was refurbished and reopened in February 1992 as a community arts and entertainment venue thanks to funding from Islwyn Borough Council and the Welsh Office. The history alone gives the building a place at the heart of the community. In 2011/2012 a total revamp of the Blackwood Miners’ Institute commenced, with Caerphilly County Borough Council's Cabinet approving a three year programme of repairs to give the theatre a new bill of health. Today, The ‘Stute offers a wide range of events, including drama, dance, live music, opera, children’s literature and comedy, as well as providing a wide range of opportunities for people from all sectors of the community to take part in creative activities. Blackwood Miners’ Institute is part of Caerphilly County Borough Council and has recently been awarded Arts Portfolio status by Arts Council Wales.

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NoFit State

NoFit State was founded in 1986 by five friends. During a politically charged time, in a recession, and as a creative reaction to the world around them, the circus was born. Thirty years later NoFit State still believes that the total outweighs the sum of the parts. The company lives together, works together, eats together, laughs and cries together – travelling in trucks, trailers and caravans and living and breathing as one community. This is what creates the spirit that is NoFit State and gives the work its heart and soul. Contemporary circus combines live music, dance, stage design, text, and film with traditional circus skills. It is rooted in the travelling community who turn up, pitch a tent, drum up an audience, and then leave with only flattened grass and a memory to show they were ever there. The circus are the strangers who live amongst us – and if we run away to join them we are throwing off our inhibitions, our conventions, the rules of settled society. We are taking to the road knowing that there is no destination - only a journey. Today, NoFit State is the UK’s leading large-scale contemporary circus company, producing professional touring productions and a wide variety of community, training, and education projects for people of all ages. Over the last six years NoFit State's touring productions have visited 15 different countries, played to audiences of over 250,000, have been critically acclaimed and won numerous prestigious international arts awards.

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The Space

The Space’s mission is to develop and commission great art digitally. It supports artists and organisations to make the most of the opportunity that technology affords by increasing the reach of existing activity in innovative ways, by opening up art to new audiences and by exploring the potential to create new artistic experiences using digital technology.

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Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival

Beyond the Border is a charity which exists to create, encourage and promote traditional storytelling for contemporary audiences. Our vision is to 'bring the world to Wales, and take Wales to the world'. Our biennual international festival of storytelling is the cornerstone of our work, and in addition we run events and projects year-round to build audiences for storytelling and to communicate its power to entertain, transform and inform people’s lives.

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Made in Roath

madeinroath is for anyone and everyone who’s interested in art, culture, community or just having fun, and we have people from all across the UK (and beyond) who travel to Roath to take part. Our annual festival takes place in October, when we host a week-long extravaganza of events and activities across all creative disciplines, showing the very best of local talent alongside some excellent national and international artists. We believe art and culture can enrich the lives of everyone, and so that’s why a lot of what we do takes art out of the traditional museum or gallery spaces and into the community.

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Clwyd Theatre Cymru

Theatr Clwyd is Wales’ major drama producing operation, originally built as a Regional Arts Centre. It is the home of a highly acclaimed producing company, which also presents much of its work on tour throughout Wales and the rest of the UK. The company produces mainly in English, but also in Welsh. There is a fully integrated Theatre for Young People department which uses the same performers, technicians and creative staff to achieve the same high production values as the mainstream product. The theatre also hosts a variety of touring drama, dance, music and a community Festival in the Summer. There are around 900 public performances per year. Theatr Clwyd is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Flintshire County Council https://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/get-involved/opportunities-vacancies/opportunities/

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Regional Arts and Education Network The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, in partnership with ERW and the six local authorities, has been awarded an Arts Council for Wales grant to provide a single, consistent and integrated Education and Art Consortia Network serving the south west and mid Wales region. Aligned with the All-Wales Arts & Education Offer the network focuses on increasing and improving opportunities for teachers and learners in schools to work with artists and arts/cultural/heritage organisations; increasing opportunities for young people to experience the work of Wales’s artists and arts/cultural organisations and creating more opportunities for communication and partnerships between schools, artists, arts/cultural/heritage organisations and local communities.

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National Theatre Wales

The nation of Wales is our stage: From forests to beaches, from aircraft hangars to post-industrial towns, village halls to nightclubs. We bring together storytelling poets, visual visionaries and inventors of ideas. We collaborate with artists, audiences, communities and companies to create theatre in the English language, rooted in Wales, with an international reach. You’ll find us around the corner, across the mountain and in your digital backyard.

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Swansea City Opera

Swansea City Opera are one of the leading producers of touring opera in the UK, with over 11 years history of touring opera to small / medium sized theatres. For many of these venues the annual visit by Swansea City Opera marks the only opera performance in the calendar; and as such plays a vital role in ensuring that audiences have access to a broad portfolio of art forms. In line with the artistic vision of the Company we seek to make opera as accessible as possible, and to remove many of the stigmas that potential audience members may have with regards to engaging with opera as an art-form.

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Taking Flight Theatre Co

Taking Flight's mission is to build exciting, innovative and quality theatre productions and projects by putting inclusion at the heart of the creative process, pushing the boundaries of creative access and challenging and surprising audiences. Taking Flight Theatre aims: • To create high quality touring theatre and outreach projects which are diverse and inclusive; which challenge perceptions of disability and disabled people by increasing the visibility of disabled professionals in the arts in Wales • To work towards a truly accessible theatre scene in Wales and beyond and • To ensure a sustainable future for the company

Arts Active Trust

The Arts Active Trust is a registered charity that supports education, community and audience engagement projects from St David’s Hall (The National Concert Hall of Wales) and the New Theatre (an Edwardian large scale presenting theatre in Cardiff). The Arts Active programme takes its inspiration from the diverse programme of the two venues and capitalises on the expertise and resources they have, using them as a powerful catalyst for creative endeavours. We aim to encourage people, from the youngest to oldest, to engage in and enjoy arts activity. The Trust believes passionately in the power of the high quality arts projects to engage, inspire and transform people’s lives no matter what their economic, cultural and social context may be. As a charitable organisation Arts Active Trust relies on support from the corporate sector, trusts and foundations and individuals in order to continue to develop its community engagement, working with schools, communities and disadvantaged groups throughout Wales.

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The Arts Active Trust is a charity that seeks to engage people of all ages with creative activities through working directly with artists and professional practitioners who can inspire and guide their development. A key part of the Arts Active programme is A2:Connect which is the Arts & Education network for the Central South region working to bring artists of all disciplines - music, drama, visual arts, literature etc. directly into our schools. In association with A2:Connect, Criw Celf Cardiff is a visual arts project for ‘More Able & Talented’ young artists at secondary school. 

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Maindee Unlimited

Maindee Unlimited is a community run charity, active in the Maindee area of East Newport.

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Youth Arts Network Cymru

YANC is an organisation that brings together professionals delivering across the youth sector in Wales to share best practice and resources. YANC is an embryonic network which started life in response to the youth arts sector lacking any sort of cohesive thinking and sharing of practice across Wales. Initially the network was formed on the basis of various companies who were initially involved in a project. However this quickly grew as there was a genuine appetite amongst practitioners and organisations alike to develop practice and networks pan Wales. YANC has now become a genuinely pan Wales network which involves both Welsh and English speaking companies and individuals. It regularly hosts skills and practice sharing workshops across Wales as well as its biennial CASGLIAD conference.

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Jukebox Collective

Jukebox Collective is a creative company based in Cardiff that specialises in street dance and hip hop culture. Our work is rooted in our community and we lead participative activities for young people and children across South Wales. We also create theatre, and have a Creative Agency that represents and promotes professional hip hop and street dance performers.

Gentle/Radical

Founded in Cardiff in 2016, Gentle/Radical is an artist-led social change organisation, bringing together several decades of arts, community, and equalities and diversity work under the umbrella of a new organisation dedicated to addressing social issues through cultural praxis. Headed up by Co-Directors Rabab Ghazoul and Owen Griffiths, Gentle/Radical is a not-for-profit limited company, organising accessible screenings, socially engaged arts projects, grassroots symposia, installations, walks, talks, interventions, networking forums, performances and publications.

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Registered Charity Number 1034245