Arts Alive Wales aerial view
On 28th July, eleven young people participating in Art Alive Wales's (AAW) week long programme of arts activities came to The Rodd. Their Portfolio Plus+ project (15-19 years) is for young people who show a special talent and interest in the arts. The project boosts students’ artistic skills and knowledge and encourages creative careers. Commissioned by the Arts Council Wales and Powys County Council and part of the National Criw Celf initiative, Portfolio introduces students to professional artists, makers and designers through inspirational workshops, studio and gallery visits, exploring different approaches to art and design.They had been to the Ikon gallery earlier in the week and seen the current exhibition of Sidney Nolan's work there. They finished their busy week off at his home here, visiting his studio, the current 'Reflections' exhibition in the gallery and the landscape of Rodd Farm.
Rachel Dunlop organised the AAW programme. Dr. Emma Posey delivered the workshop alongside support from AAW Participation and Digital Manager Gavin Johnson , Portfolio Lead Artist Morag Colquhoun, filmmaker Sion Marshall-Waters, and a drone specialist.
They had a tour of the organic farm, and then partcipated in two workshops. The first was flying the drone over the landscape and producing films showing the drone's capabilities. The second was making landscape trails from found materials in the natural landscape and incorporating the drone into their projects.
At the end of the day they put on a short exhibition, which visitors to the Rodd were also interested to see. Arts Alive Wales have sent us some wonderful photographs and footage of the drone's eye view of our buildings and landscape. Photograph credits to Sion Marshall-Waters and footage to AirLab.
On two of the Portfolio plus project workshops, Arts Alive Wales invited two of its promising writers who have been working on AAW Creative writing project, Caban Sgriblio at Gwernyfed High School to join the group as writers in residence. Roxy Shaw and Amelie Williams attended both the Ikon Gallery visit and the Rodd visit. Click on their names to see their resulting written work.