Developing innovative projects that promote engagement with learning, stimulate interest in the Welsh language, and explore cultural heritage.
Head4Arts has a vibrant partnership with Italian innovators Associazione Culturale Twitteratura, working together to introduce the TwLetteratura reading method and Betwyll app to Wales, developing the first projects of this type in the UK.
This helps young people develop the traditional skills that underpin reading competency (such as precis and comprehension) by combining it with contemporary social networking “fun”, where playful approaches are employed to encourage enjoyment of reading, “deep reading skills” and sharing conversation about books.
The Betwyll app provides a safe space for children from different schools to interact and motivate each other, whilst improving their digital skills.
TwLetteratura Caerffili is a year-long exploration of how Betwyll can work in a bilingual context, enabling Year 5 groups from three Welsh primary schools in Caerphilly (Penalltau, Cwm Gwyddon and Trelyn) to access contemporary children’s books in both English and Welsh.
This Creative Collaborations project involves many partners from the literary and publishing industries, including Literature Wales, Menter Iaith Caerffili and Gomer Press. The children have been immersed in the world of publishing and bilingual practice, working with author Dan Anthony, translator Ioan Kidd and illustrator Huw Aaron to publish a new Welsh version of “The Bus Stop at the End of the World” (Arhosfan ym Mhen Draw’r Byd).
The project encompasses a book launch at the Urdd Eisteddfod, an exhibition at the National Creative Learning Festival and mentoring other participants in the use of the method and app. The learning involved in this Welsh project will ultimately assist other bilingual nations in addressing challenges related to literacy and dual language learning as well as providing opportunities for increased use of minority languages online and in social contexts.
Inspired by History!
Head4Arts enjoys finding creative ways of connecting communities with their cultural heritage, encouraging reflection, prompting artistic responses and bringing the past to life.
Our heritage projects have included:
- a community opera set in an early mediaeval Royal court (History & Mystery / Ynys Gwydr)
- an exploration of the lives of women growing up in the Valleys (Valleys Girl)
- intriguing reinventions of the stories of museum collections (Museum of Lies)
- a four phase reflection on World War One (WW1: A Valleys View, Who Do I Think I Was?, The Last Post, Exhibition in a Box- see www.inspiredbyhistory.cymru for further information)
Delivered through exhibitions, operas and performances featuring a wide range of different art forms, Head4Arts projects have engaged people of ages and promoted renewed interest in local heritage sites and museums.
Over 2,400 participants have taken part in our heritage projects over the past 10 years, achieving 50 arts awards along the way.
“I have learned about a whole aspect of history which was previously unknown to me. I have taken the opportunity to hear the archeological lectures and a new interest has been born.” Participant Ynys Gwydr
“The project gave us the opportunity to learn more about WW1 & the working of the archives” Participant, Thornhill Craft Group – Who Do I Think I Was
“It was very interesting to find out about these pennies which brought so much sadness and despair to the women of Britain. I feel like I have been brought back to the time, reliving their lives for them” Participant Willows Youth Group, Troedyrhiw – Exhibition in a Box