We Create are thrilled to announce the lead artists who will be working on a programme of arts activities and events co-created with residents of St Peter’s and St Paul’s, Cheltenham, throughout 2020.

madeinroath is an artist collective from Roath in Cardiff and is currently made up of Clare Charles, Helen Clifford and Gail Howard. The group formed in 2009 and for ten years they ran the annual madeinroath festival. In 2018 the festival hosted 300 artists across 100 venues. Over 2019/20 there will be a break from the festival, however madeinroath continues to host artist residencies, studios, and community projects in the east of Cardiff.

Of their new project in Cheltenham, which launches in February, madeinroath said: “We’re keen to get to know the area, and there will be a period of community consultation and learning before we take the project forward in 2020.

“Our vision for St Peter’s and St Paul’s is a re-imagining of buildings and spaces, both domestic and public, and the possibilities they present. Our philosophy is one of repair and reuse, and we will look to utilise existing DIY skills within the community, alongside and in collaboration with professional local craft and tradespeople. Throughout the project we will be offering creative opportunities for all, that will leave a long-term legacy for the whole community.

“We would like to invite people to open ended, social events to talk about how community members would like to be involved – and we welcome input from all ages and abilities across the area. Looking forward very much to working in St Peter’s and St Paul’s in 2020, watch this space for updates.”

Geoff Moss, St Peter’s resident and We Create co-chair said: “We were humbled by the high number quality proposals we received to be the lead Artist for our second community arts project, any number of which we would have been delighted to work with. We were attracted to madeinroath for their decade long experience of socially engaged community art festivals, and are excited to work with them to create our own project in the communities of St Peter’s and St Paul’s in 2020.”

Tess Beck, St Paul’s resident and We Create co-chair said: “I was excited by madeinroath‘s application because of the parallels between Roath and this area of Cheltenham. Their proposals create lots of opportunities for community members to get involved: both those who are already working in or involved in the arts and those who want to try something new.”

Sarah Bowden of Hardwick Gallery said: “We are very much looking forward to working with madeinroath. They are an inspiring example of the power of the arts to transform places with creative thinking and action.”

Contact wecreate.cheltenham@gmail.com to hear about project events, or visit our website https://www.we-create.org.uk/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WeCreateChelt/ or follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/wecreatechelt

 

D!G was devised by We Create Arts Action Group, a collaboration between Sarah Bowden, curator of Hardwick Gallery at the University of Gloucestershire, Kim Wide of Take A Part CIC, and residents from the communities of St Peter’s and St Pauls. D!G is produced in partnership with MEANTIME and is funded by Arts Council England, University of Gloucestershire, and the National Lottery Community Fund.