Project Officer Completes NCLF Leading Learning Programme

We are pleased to report that Head4Arts Project Officer, Bethan Lewis, has recently completed the National Leisure and Culture Forum Leading Learning Programme, a leadership development programme tailored to the needs of the leisure and culture sector.

Bethan received funding from the Arts Council of Wales to enable her to attend this national programme that aims to help cultural managers achieve their full potential. Involvement in the programme has included attending intensive residential workshops, taking part in action learning sets and working alongside a mentor to identify personal development goals.

Bethan described the benefits of the course, stating that “participation in the programme has helped me to develop both personally and professionally. I hope that this will in turn have a positive impact on the work of Head4Arts and potentially on the broader arts sector in Wales”.

To find out more about the National Leisure and Culture Forum Leading Learning Programme please visit the website



Exhibition in a Box

Head4Arts is pleased to announce that the creative work produced by community groups who took part in Exhibition in a Box will be displayed at Community Showcase events over the next few weeks.

Over 300 community members from across the eastern heads of the valleys region have contributed to this reflective collection of work that explores the theme of silence in connection to the First World War.

Using Exhibition in a Box as the inspiration for their artwork and working alongside professional artists, community groups have chosen to interpret their findings and represent the themes that resonated with them through a range of artforms.

Some examples include:

  • Adhoc Theatre have produced a short film that portrays the silence of those who were “Shot at Dawn”, exploring this topic from different perspectives (Click here to watch the film)
  • Youth groups from the Hwb Blaenavon and Willows Youth Club Troedyrhiw have worked with musician Rufus Mufasa to write and perform poetry that explores the impact of war on all aspects of society (Click here and here to listen to the poems)
  • Pupils from Sofrydd Primary wrote letters, made clay “deepa” lamps and painted batik flags to represent the silence of soldiers from other countries, with a particular focus on the experiences of Indian soldiers during WW1.

The Exhibition in a Box Community Showcase can be viewed at the following venues:

Winding House, New Tredegar between 16th – 19th April

Gwent Archives Ebbw Vale between 23rd – 30th April

Merthyr Tydfil Central Library between 1st – 9th May

Entry is free of charge, normal venue opening times apply

Exhibition in a Box is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Objects and stories that feature in the exhibition have been gathered with the support of heritage partners Gwent Archives, Glamorgan Archives, the Winding House, Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery, and Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales.