Below is a press release regarding the new Art About Us , Artist in Residence project led by the brilliant, Rabab Ghazoul.
New regeneration arts project for Bridgend town centre
Bridgend County Borough Council is inviting local residents to take part in a major new arts project which is focusing on regeneration in Bridgend town centre.
Art About Us forms part of the ongoing £9m refurbishment programme which is designed to give the town centre a smart new look and create fresh job opportunities.
Residents, local groups and organisations are all welcome to come and find out more, have a look at the project plans and chat with visual artist Rabab Ghazoul at the project launch at 71 Nolton Street on Saturday 7 July (5pm-7pm) or on Tuesday 19 July (6pm-9pm)
The project will see a number of creative activities and cultural events taking place in the town centre over the next year. These include Bridgend Memory Walks, a Song Map of Bridgend and a Street Portrait event where people will be able to nominate which areas they think deserve to be remembered with a portrait.
Residents will be encouraged to join in with the project by sharing their thoughts on what they think ‘regeneration’ means, what part we can all play in the process and the ways in which it changes where and how we live.
Their responses and feedback will then be used to guide and influence the subsequent events organised by Rabab and Art About Us.
You can also contact Rabab directly to discuss opportunities for getting involved or volunteering to help develop some of the activities and events – for more details, call Rabab on 0775 9933311, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visithttp://artaboutus.wordpress.com
Resident artist Rabab Ghazoul said: “I’ll be seeking to work with the people of Bridgend County Borough to create communal events within particular locations that will enable us to experience our local environment in new and unusual ways.
“The Art About Us project is designed to encourage people to look at what ‘regeneration’ or ‘renewal’ can mean in a wider sense.
“My work draws on a range of different media and processes – from video and installation through to performance and site-specific events – to explore ideas that touch on our relationship to community, place, and individual and collective action.
“I want to draw upon these elements to develop creative projects that respond to people’s experiences, histories and connections to Bridgend, and I’m really looking forward to meeting residents and hearing what they have to say as part of this.”
The £9m refurbishment programme is bringing lasting improvements to Cheapside, Merthyr Mawr Road North, Court Road, Derwen Road, Nolton Street South and Elder Street/Cross Street and is being part funded by the Welsh Government, including the European Regional Development Fund and the Targeted Match Fund.