Arty Parky 2019

Can you feel it yet? There’s a change in the air. The sun still shines but ’tis a trick! We have all been deceived into leaving the house without a jacket only to realise one thing – summer is over! Rid yourself of those blister inducing flip flops, it’s time for wellies and boots and those hats with far too many dangly bits. All over Wales people are wondering “Is it time?”. And I am here to tell you that it is. The children are back at school, the supermarkets have launched their Christmas adverts signalling the official start of Autumn. Only a proud few in Autumnal denial are still donning their summer shorts and insisting that they “don’t feel the cold”.

But do not fear, we at Head4Arts have the answer to your burning question; “Just what are we going to do when the trees shed their leaves? When the conkers start to fall? When the twigs hit the ground?”. And our answer is the same answer we have for everything in this world, We Make Art! Arty Parky is back for another year where we will be scavenging the parks, forests and fields for hidden beauty and arranging our finds into giant land drawings. Join us in 4 locations across South Wales – plus one extra special event with Menter Caerffili which will be all in Welsh! Help us give the weather a well chosen digit on both hands and let’s make stuff!

Arty Parky is a free family friendly event and you can join us from 10:30am – 3:00pm on:


Earth Hour 2019

Four creative and community events across the Eastern Valleys will encourage people to turn off the lights for one hour to show their concern for the planet. Head4Arts is spearheading activities on Saturday 30th March.

Earth Hour community activities

Parc Bryn Bach
Merthyr Rd, Tredegar, NP22 3AY

Saturday 30th March 2019

10am – 12 noon

Head4Arts: crane making, floating gardens, storytelling and lantern making.

Partners: H4A, Aneurin Leisure, Blaenau Gwent CBC, WWF Cymru
To get involved go to, email or phone 01495 357816


Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Church Rd, Blaenavon, NP4 9AS

Saturday 30th March 2019

12 noon – 2pm

Head4Arts: crane making, world diet and eco-friendly foods, storytelling and lantern making.

Partners: H4A, Torfaen CBC, Menu for Life, WWF Cymru

To get involved go to, email or phone 01495 357816


Cyfarthfa Park and Castle

Brecon Rd, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RE

Saturday 30th March 2019

3pm – 5pm

Head4Arts: crane making, duck food making, penguin trail, storytelling and lantern making.

Partners: H4A, Wellbeing@Merthyr, Parent Network Merthyr Tydfil, WWF Cymru

To get involved go to, email or phone 01495 357816


Parc Penallta
Penallta Rd, Ystrad Mynach, CF82 7GN

Saturday 30th March 2019

6.45pm – 8.30pm

Head4Arts: crane making, lantern parade, live music, storytelling.

Partners: H4A, Caerphilly CBC, Caerphilly Parent Network, WWF Cymru

To get involved go to, email or phone 01495 357816


Photo credit : Mark Lewis, WWF Cymru

The Exhibition in a Box is now on the road

After four years of thoughtful commemoration of the First World War, we have distilled the memories into a travelling trunk which opens up to reveal a series of keepsake boxes. Each box contains authentic artefacts such as postcards, service records, a horse shoe and a whistle.

These objects can be handled and have been carefully chosen to promote a deeper understanding of the conflict. A heritage specialist is on hand at a series of community events, to provide background information such as an explanation of the Death Penny, a bronze memorial plaque sent to the families of men and women who had lost their lives between 1914-18.

Some of the objects have zapcodes attached so that the viewer can have a multi-sensory experience. By using a simple phone app, participants can watch digital stories about people from the Valleys, listen to WW1 music, read online articles and experience remembrance services.

“The theme of the boxes is the different types of silence,” said H4A project manager Bethan Lewis. “There’s silence as an act of remembrance, silence as a form of protection, silence as a consequence of trauma and silence of dissent. We hope that the boxes will stimulate discussion and spark the imagination.”

The project has been supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Objects and stories 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.

Workshops led by the historian have been held with community members and school children. These have produced creative work which will be exhibited at the end of the project and will be available online in a digital format to help others learn about the far-reaching aftermath of the conflict.

“This is amazing if you don’t really know or understand what they went through in the war.”
“A very thought-provoking exhibition.”
Comments from participants.

Celtic Cafe Merthyr

We are happy to let you all know that starting 7th February we will be running another Celtic Cafe in Merthyr library every Thursday from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. For those who don’t know Celtic Cafe is a music session that started in Blaenavon to introduce people of all ages to traditional music that in this day and age we feel often gets overlooked.

It is a free family friendly event and anyone is welcome to come and join in. It is a great place to meet new people, bond over music and also enjoy a nice cuppa tea and a bit of cake!

When: Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30pm

Where: Rhydycan Leisure Centre

Bring your own instrument or borrow one of ours

Learners welcome!

Head4Arts’ WWI Centenary project showcased at Westminster


On Wednesday 31st October, Head4Arts attended a House of Commons event hosted by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), celebrating the contribution made by communities across the UK to mark the First World War Centenary.

Head4Arts was one of 12 organisations invited to attend the event out of over 2000 of those who received Heritage Lottery Funding over the First World War commemoration period.

At the event, Head4Arts showcased the Who Do I Think I Was project which was delivered across the South East Wales valleys region in 2016.  Working in partnership with Gwent and Glamorgan Archives, the project enabled community groups from all ages and backgrounds to encounter primary resource material that helped them to imagine what their lives might have been like during the First World War.

The event also provided an opportunity for Head4Arts to discuss plans for Exhibition in a Box, the final project in their series of activities linked to the First World War Centenary.  Exhibition in a Box, an arts and heritage project that will explore the theme of silence, has recently received funding through the Heritage Lottery First World War: then and now fund.  The project will be delivered across the boroughs of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen in early 2019.

Attended by the Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright MP, Head4Arts joined other National Lottery funded projects showcasing their First War Centenary projects.

Ros Kerslake, HLF’s CEO, said: “The First World War was a truly global conflict, stretching out across oceans and continents. But its impact at home was huge. Communities, families and society were forever changed by this war. National Lottery funding has empowered people to discover and share the thousands of stories of the First World War that matter to them. And the response from communities has been an inspiration.”

In 2012, HLF launched a community grants programme called First World War: then and now, offering grants are available between £3,000 to £10,000. Over the Centenary, HLF awarded more than £14million to community projects.

In addition, HLF awarded larger grants to First World War projects. Projects include Imperial War Museum’s First World War Galleries; HMS Caroline and the home of First World War soldier and poet Hedd Wyn. Total HLF funding in the First World War Centenary comes to almost £100million.

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