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Arts Council of Wales 'Arts for All' Award: £69,700: October 2001-2004

Project Outline:

This project involves taking our mobile presses out to work in any venue in the community. Once contact has been made and an introductory session/ workshop has taken place, some of the groups came to the main studio and progressed onto more advanced work


Project Officer part time pro-rata 3 days a week:  Freelance Artists: paid by the session:  Assistants: paid by the session: Volunteers and Interns

The aims of the project were:-

  • to provide a feeder stream of printmakers in the community who will move on to higher levels of workshops
  • to facilitate the development of a pool of artists and emerging artists skilled in leading workshops in a creative and interesting way  with a good working knowledge of printmaking techniques, as workshop leaders.
  • to facilitate the development of undergraduate and emerging artists assistants in the  workshop programme (see below, Careers Outcomes)
  • to maintain a high standard of work and develop good work practices
  • to provide entry level workshops for a wide range of groups, including those with special needs, for example, partially sighted, mental health groups etc.
  • to increase the profile of printmaking as an activity through exhibitions and demonstrations at public events.


Shaw Trust: linocuts Sue Kelsall


Heol Goffa: collagraphs Workshop leader Sue Kelsall

The project is now finished. It was extremely successful in raising the profile of printmaking, not only in the voluntary sector, but also in mainstream education, where we can make significant contributions to curriculum requirements, outreach community college programmes and small art groups.

We worked with over 50 groups,  nearly 500 workshops and over 6,000 attendances by the end of the project.

We are now in a position where these contacts are being consolidated and built on and in particular we  provide a programme of studio based events which will allow people to build on these skills. The presses can still be hired by our groups or we can provide a workshop leader. We also provide  backup for materials and technical advice.


Ysgul Gyfun: woodcut portraits: Workshop leader Sue Kelsall

Groups we have worked with:

 Bishop Gore Comprehensive

 Bishopston Comprehensive


 Blaen-y-Maes Primary School


 Bonymaen Family Centre

 Brondeg House

 Brynhyfryd Junior School


   Cadle Primary School

   Cefn Coed Hospital/staff development

   Cliffriw Junior School

   Clase Primary School

   Clwyd Junior School


   Crug Glas Special Needs School

   Crws Junior School

   Cwmbwrla Day Centre

   Dragon Arts


   Dyffryn Comprehensive


   The Egypt Centre, Taliesin Arts centre


Ffynone House School

Glyn Vivian Art Gallery Young Friends


   Glynneath Adult Training Centre

   Gors Junior School

   Gorseinon College

   Home Education Group

   Heol Goffa Social Activity Centre

   Llanelli Involve


   Independent Living Gorseinon

   Longfields Day Centre

   Lynx Llanelli

   Lynx Ty Amman

   Maes Glas Community Centre Neath

   General Hospital Neath

   Port Talbot College Out of School Group

   Oystermouth Primary School

   Palette Club

   Pen Y Fro Primary School



   Quay House Bail Hostel

   Red Café Connected


   Rose Cross Day Centre

   Swansea Museum

   Swansea Women’s Centre

   Symud Ymlaen Regeneration Trust

St Thomas Junior School


   The Shaw Trust Disability Action Centre


   Three Crosses Art Club

   Tregwyr Junior School


   Wetlands Wildlife Trust Llanelli


   Ysgol Gyfun Maes-yr-Yrfa


   Ystradgynlais Welfare Hall

Career Outcomes:

  • Our first Project Officer worked on the project for twelve months and gained very valuable experience in setting up and managing the project. On the basis of this she was able to gain a full time post managing in the Ebbw Vale Recycling Project with much larger budget.

  • One of our earliest volunteers was able to gain valuable experience and confidence through our programme of work. From being an occasional unpaid volunteer, she progressed to paid Workshop Assistant, then Workshop Leader. This enabled her finally to obtain a full time post in the city as a community artist.

  • Additionally, four volunteers progressed to become paid Workshop Assistants; of these, two progressed further to become Workshop Leaders.