pART of Pontypridd 2020
Becky is the Project Lead for pART of Pontypridd Art Trail. In 2020, the form of this exhibition was a website owing to the impact of Storm Dennis and Covid-19. Every challenge is an opportunity, and with thanks to Your Pontypridd Business Improvement District, Pontypridd Town Council, Website Sorted & Plaingraffic, there is a wealth of creative work on display by our latest graduates from the BA (Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts course at the University of South Wales, Treforest Campus.
The students and course teaching team wanted to use this opportunity to honour and celebrate the wonderful relationships cultivated with venues, businesses and organisations across our town who have inspired the artwork that has been created. As the Community Artists, Participatory Artists and Socially Engaged Arts Practitioners of the future, the students translated their artwork into something which actively encouraged online participation with the public. The exhibition not only showcased their work, but also provided a collection of resources and activities for the public to be creative at home. Some of the work already incorporated contributions from the public at the point of exhibition, and enabled people to re-connect with others and the local sites and businesses they are perhaps missing during lockdown.
Students were asked to consider accessibility and inclusivity at the heart of their practice, so the exhibition website content ranges from photographs, to videos with captions, soundscapes, flip books / zines, activity sheets, creative wellbeing packages, guided meditation, recipes and even more! It was the most current and relevant way for our students to showcase their skills in this digital age, providing them with important tools and experience for future practice, with perhaps an even wider potential reach.
Explore the website and I am sure you will all want to wish them well as they are launched into their new careers in Art and Wellbeing.