Two groups have been created in Abergavenny – one in King Henry VIII High School for selected pupils, and the other at Abergavenny Community Centre. Both groups meet weekly on a Wednesday for craft sessions, and there are plenty of other opportunities for young people to get involved across our programme in other projects, volunteering etc. We are working with over 20 young people across the two groups.
King Henry VIII High School
Sep-Oct. Following interest from the group in Japanese culture, the participants embarked on 6 weeks of Origami with Japanese artist Mayumi Takahagi. The group started with the basics making cubes and cranes, and by Halloween were making sculptures as complex as skulls and 8-pointed stars.
Nov-Dec. The participants had requested to learn more about prosthetics and props used in the TV and Film industries. Our Caban Crefft Project Co-Ordinator trained in Scenic Art at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the group spent 4 sessions working on prosthetic wounds and cuts with liquid latex and wax.
Dec. In the run up to Christmas, Peak were invited to take part in the annual Crickhowell Christmas Tree Decorating Competition. Our Project Co-Ordinator worked hard with the group to use their new found origami skills to create paper crane fairy lights, and many star decorations for their entry. They were runners up in the competition.
Jan-Feb. Before Christmas the Young People at King Henry VIII School had expressed an interest in puppetry. The group have been making paper puppets and shadow puppets, and working on wire framed puppets, as used in stop motion animation film.
Mar-Apr. After half-term participants are taking part in a 6-week Creative Writing project with writer Uschi Turoczy. The participants will respond to a variety of themes to create expressive and imaginative writing and poetry.
Community Centre group
Caban – a digital arts training project for young women aged 16-25. Starting April 3rd at Abergavenny Community Centre 4-6pm. Every Wednesday 4-6pm thereafter.
Working with artist Lauren Heckler the group will explore digital media including Photography, Animation, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Blogging, Editing, and more digital media. Peak are providing all equipment and materials, including a MacBook Pro, DSLR camera’s, Adobe Creative Suite, iPads etc.
“I feel so much more confident to start a new project or pick up my camera now”
Participants of this project will have the opportunity to work with Creative Industry Professionals and gain valuable experience of working with professional artists. They will have the opportunity to choose which artists they work with, and shape the project to fit their interests and skills. There will be a focus on developing new skills, experimenting with different digital equipment as well as meeting new people in the area.
Our work will be based on Abergavenny and the surrounding areas, and we will draw on the town and its landscape, culture and history to reimagine it through location shoots, walks, talks and visits.
No prior digital arts experience is necessary, this group is a safe space to drop in, make friends, and experiment with ideas. Peak will be providing refreshments as well as equipment and materials.
Sessions start on Wednesday 3rd April, and are FREE. They run at Abergavenny Community Centre every Wednesday, 4-6pm. Refreshments will be provided. If you’re interested in joining, please contact Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager firstname.lastname@example.org / 01873 811579 or drop in to see us on from 3rd April onwards.
This funding was awarded by the Community Foundation in Wales as part of the Tampon Tax Community Fund.
Health Control is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in South East Wales. http://healthcontrolcic.org.uk/home
The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses issued by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk
People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk