Arts - Development

The Arts Division

The Arts Division is situated at Central Library and comprises of one full-time Arts Development Officer post. It is part of the Leisure, Culture and Environment Service, working in close collaboration with Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, the Vale of Glamorgan and Caerphilly local authorities, via a Memorandum of Understanding, as ArtsConnect.

The ArtsConnect Shared Vision is to provide a quality and cost-effective arts service for residents of, and visitors to, the respective local authority areas through effective collaboration and a cohesive approach to planning and delivery.


Mission Statement

The Arts in Merthyr Tydfil will be central to community development and regeneration in the County Borough, seeking to make the arts accessible and understandable to the people of the area being both active and proactive in each individual part of the County Borough and in doing so will compliment the County Borough Council’s Vision and Aims particularly in the fields of Leisure, Lifelong Learning and Economic Regeneration.

Why The Arts?

The arts are exploratory, they are intrinsic to daily life, and we are all in some way touched by them whether this be seeing an attractive painting on the walls of a doctor’s surgery or being lifted by a favourite song on the radio or relaxing watching a film in the cinema. Even if we are not aware of it, the arts impact upon our lives, emotions and even our social interaction without us thinking about it. They can also be ways in which we express ourselves, escape from mundane tasks, communicate with others or develop a sense of identity. The arts therefore encompass, but are not exclusively the following forms:

  • Visual arts – photography, film, sculpture, painting etc.
  • Drama – theatre, pantomimes etc.
  • Dance – ballet, jazz, disco, contemporary, physical theatre, tap etc.
  • Literature – creative writing, poetry, storytelling, journalism etc.
  • Craft – applied arts, pottery and ceramics, glass-wear, leatherwear, textiles, jewellery, work in wood, metal, stone carving etc. Plus hobbie crafts.
  • Music – songwriting, playing instruments individually or in groups, singing, choirs, rock bands, music technology, DJ mixing etc.

H4A - Head For Arts

Head for Arts stimulates creativity in communities across the Heads of the Valleys area by providing high quality grassroots arts activities and inspirational arts experiences.

Head for Arts is a community arts organisation that works across the Eastern Heads of the Valleys areas, covering the county boroughs of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen. Established in April 2008, Head for Arts has an administrative base in Llanhilleth Miners Institute but programmes arts activity in various venues across the entire patch.

Head for Arts is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government through the Arts Council of Wales and is supported by a partnership of the four local authorities involved.

For more information please contact H4A:

kate.strudwick@head4arts.org.uk / bethan.watkins@head4arts.org.uk 01495 357815 / 01495 357816 / www.head4arts.org.uk

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