CultureStep Investments 2015-16

Summary of CultureStep Investments 

July 2015 - March 2016

Projects Addressing One CultureStep Priority:

ARTS & KIDS - engaging socially disadvantaged young people with the arts, making a tangible difference to the lives of some of the hardest to reach young people in Wales

A&O Studios & University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD) & S4C
UWTSD and S4C are sponsoring A&O Studios to devise and deliver a creative summer school for children in Communities First areas of Carmarthen which will culminate in an exhibition at the 2015 National Eisteddfod. The collaborative project aims to encourage and motivate young people to pursue a career in the creative industries through the medium of Welsh. CultureStep will contribute towards the running costs of the summer school.

Chainworks Productions & Otley Ltd
First time arts sponsor Otley Ltd is supporting Chainworks to deliver a series of workshops for young people in Communities First areas of the Valleys. The project will culminate in a showcase at the Factory in Porth as well as at Otley Pubs. Both partners hope to encourage a new generation of theatre goers and promote local pubs as a place to enjoy culture. CultureStep will contribute towards the costs of the workshops.

Katie Scarlett Howard & Llaeth y Llan Village Dairy

Llaeth y Llan (Village Dairy), based in Denbighshire, uses traditional Welsh tapestry designs on its packaging.  The business is extremely proud of the quality of its product.  The partnership between the business and Katie Scarlett Howard has been formed to spark creativity and engage communities while promoting Llaeth y Llan’s brand values.  It includes 3 aspects:

  • Educational workshops promoting the dairy industry.  Pupils in 6 schools will each produce a tapestry inspired ceramic wall installation for their schools. 
  • A touring exhibition of the pupils’ work alongside a new body of Katie’s work inspired by Llaeth y Llan and Welsh tapestry.
  • A commissioned sculpture produced by Katie for the business’ soon to be opened visitor centre. 

CultureStep is contributing to the artist’s fees to deliver the workshops in schools. 

Katie Scarlett Howard & Llaeth y Llan Village Dairy

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council & Orchard Media and Events Group Ltd
Orchard Media and Events is sponsoring RCTCBC Arts Services’ SONIG initiative, using music to support young people into education, employment and training. The partnership will enable disadvantaged young people to engage with SONIG’s Young Promoters Network, providing them with skills, confidence and opportunities within the music sector, and the opportunity to learn from various Orchard professionals. CultureStep will contribute to transport costs for the participants.

Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) & Edwards Holidays
Edwards Holidays wishes to work with WMC to engage 40 young people aged 8-11 from Communities First areas of Merthyr Tydfil. The children will participate in a day of workshops celebrating Roald Dahl. Edwards aims to secure positive community exposure and increase its CSR activity in the area. CultureStep will fund the workshops and tickets for the children to see a production of Annie.

ARTS & HEALTH - working with the arts to aid mental, emotional and / or physical wellbeing

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (CGWM) and Pendine Park
Pendine Park is one of the main sponsors of the 2016 Wales International Piano Festival organised by CGWM. The business is supporting the opening recital given by distinguished pianist Peter Donohoe. Doniau Cudd/Hidden Talents is CGWM’s pioneering project for young people and adults who have learning disabilities. CultureStep investment will enable festival director and international concert pianist Iwan Llewelyn-Jones to work with one of the Doniau Cudd groups on a special creative piece to be performed during the festival.

Live Music Now (LMN) & Hospital Innovations
LMN has partnered Hospital Innovations to raise awareness of its work and improve the quality of life patients in hospital. Former Royal Harpist Hannah Stone will be embarking on her final tour for LMN alongside Anne Denholm, who has recently been appointed to the royal role. CultureStep will enable the tour to be extended to 5 hospitals across South Wales. It will last 5 days and cover 4 wards in each hospital - dementia, mental health and children. With an average of 20 people on each ward, the tour will reach a total of over 400 beneficiaries.


Projects Addressing More Than One CultureStep Priority: 


NoFit State & United Welsh Housing Association
United Welsh originally commissioned NoFit State to deliver a Silver Circus session at its sheltered accommodation. This partnership is now being extended. United Welsh, with the assistance of Caerphilly Communities First, will host 4 performances of NoFit State’s newest outdoor touring production, BLOCK, in 4 of their most deprived communities. CultureStep investment will enable a 10 week programme of participatory activity for 80 young people in the four locations.

Pippin’s Designs Limited & Monmouthshire Housing Association
Monmouthshire Housing Association has partnered Pippin’s in order to engage with residents in venues in Monmouth, Chepstow, Abergavenny and Caldicot, particularly vulnerable young women and young mums, in order to improve their quality of life and community. The workshops will engage vulnerable young people who may have suffered physical and mental abuse and domestic violence and young mums learning to cope with bringing up a child in isolation. Each will be supported to achieve the Bronze Arts Award, a National level 1 qualification from Trinity College London. For some, this is the first time they have engaged with learning, providing them with a sense of pride, confidence and self-esteem. They will create family portraits to take home and treasure. CultureStep funding has been granted to contribute to the overall project costs.


The Aloud Charity & ScottishPower Foundation, Snowdonia Cheese Company, Principality Building Society
Following a 6 month pilot project, ScottishPower Foundation, Snowdonia Cheese Company and Principality Building Society are jointly sponsoring the roll-out of Only Boys Aloud in North Wales. A 12 month project for 100 boys will build on the progress made to date, engaging more deeply with beneficiaries to raise aspirations and life-chances. CultureStep will contribute towards the overall project, which will include a high profile performance at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, in June 2016.

Conwy County Borough Council (PromXtra) and View Creative Agency
View Creative is sponsoring the Creative Zone at PromXtra in order to raise awareness of its brand and enhance the arts offer for local children. The Creative Zone will be an allocated area on the beach. CultureStep Investment will provide free sand art workshops delivered by Sandy Kidz Creations. Children of all ages would be able to produce fridge magnets and bookmarks that they can take home. View Creative will also host a drawing workshop in which children contribute to a 5 metre wide abstract illustration. This will be on display at Porth Eirias post event (an impressive new building development at the heart of the new promenade improvements in Colwyn Bay.

FOCUS Wales and The Leader
The Leader has been supporting FOCUS Wales for a number of years. In 2016, the partners would like to strengthen their relationship by offering work experience and training to young disadvantaged individuals in their community. CultureStep investment will enable the Festival to offer 10 placements in sound engineering, lighting and stewarding and a further 20 performing slots (band member, singer etc). In addition, 2 free music and 2 free art workshops will be offered as part of the main programme at the festival.

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) & Western Power Distribution (WPD)
WPD is sponsoring RWCMD’s Santa’s Stressful Day, an interactive concert given by brass students that will introduce children to classical music. CultureStep will enable 5 schools in disadvantaged areas to each receive 2 half day workshops, as well as subsidised tickets to the concert. WPD is also providing a prize of a beginner’s instrument for a competition that will run alongside the concert. The College also endeavours to provide bursary funding in the future and will encourage children to join the RWCMD Junior Conservatoire.


Hijinx & Western Power Distribution (WPD)
Hijinx has trained 10 learning disabled actors in Role Play techniques so that they can help contact centre staff to improve their communication skills when dealing with vulnerable customers. This will include people who have a learning disability, special needs or suffer from anxiety and stress. The actors have already successfully worked with junior doctors and the police force in this way and, in 2015, piloted a tailored session for WPD staff in Cardiff. With support from CultureStep, Hijinx will extend this opportunity to every member of the WPD Priority Service Team. As part of the project, a film of the training will be created for future use by both the business and arts partner. CultureStep investment will fund the rehearsal and filming costs.


Music in Hospitals & Western Power Distribution (WPD)
WPD is sponsoring Music in Hospitals to deliver 6 live music concerts for vulnerable and isolated elderly people in West Wales. The project will provide WPD with the opportunity to further promote its Priority Services Register while engaging new vulnerable and elderly customers. CultureStep will contribute to fees and expenses.


The VC Gallery, Arts Care Gofal Celf, Torch Theatre & Port of Milford Haven 
The Port is working in partnership with The VC Gallery, Arts Care Gofal Celf and Torch Theatre to address the anti-social behaviour of local young people on its land. It wishes to fund an arts club to take place every Friday night during the school holidays. It is hoped that providing the teenagers with motivating and engaging artistic activities, will discourage them from becoming involved in crime and vandalism. CultureStep will fund the involvement of The VC Gallery in the project.


North Wales International Music Festival (NWIMF), Cartrefi Conwy & Pendine Park Care Organisation
Cartrefi Conwy is sponsoring the festival’s community tour which involves Live Music Now taking high quality performance to isolated and less able individuals. Pendine Park also sponsors this work and hopes to commission a new piece of music for the festival. CultureStep will contribute to the outreach work, helping the festival to reach a total audience of 6,000 individuals during the tour.


Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (CGWM) & Roberts of Portdinorwic Limited
Roberts of Portdinorwic is one of the main sponsors of the 2016 Wales International Piano Festival, organised by CGWM. It is a 4th generation family business which employs over 80 people. The local community is therefore very important to the company and CultureStep investment is funding an educational project for local schoolchildren. Festival director, international pianist and teacher Iwan Llewelyn-Jones will visit 2 local secondary schools, giving a workshop and concert to children. In addition, a number of students from each school and a parent / guardian will be offered tickets to attend the festival’s evening concerts – A Celebration of Welsh Music Concert and the Fiesta Night.

Pippin’s Designs & Bron Afon Community Housing
Bron Afon Community Housing has partnered Pippin’s in order to engage with Torfaen residents, particularly vulnerable young women and young mums, in order to improve their quality of life and community. The workshops will focus on two particular groups - those living at Tŷ Cyfle, an independent living facility for vulnerable young people who may have suffered physical and mental abuse and domestic violence and young mums learning to cope with bringing up a child in isolation. Each will be supported to achieve the Bronze Arts Award, a National level 1 qualification from Trinity College London. For some, this is the first time they have engaged with learning, providing them with a sense of pride, confidence and self-esteem. They will create family portraits to take home and treasure. CultureStep investment will contribute to the overall project costs.


Rubicon and Principality Building Society and University of South Wales (USW)
Principality and USW are committed supporters of Rubicon’s full time pre-vocational dance course. The partners wish to deepen this relationship and CultureStep funding will enable an exciting new project with an international dimension. Two renowned choreographers, with links to an American University, will undertake a 2 week residency in Cardiff. They will work with prospective and current students, as well as alumni and elderly people, developing a new work entitled Unravelled. It will explore the human lifespan, viewed from adolescence, early adulthood and the senior years.


Menter Caerdydd and Cardiff University
Cardiff University and Boom Cymru are sponsoring Menter Caerdydd’s Tafwyl festival in 2016. The partners are working together to make the festival environmentally responsible and wish to do this primarily through the arts. CultureStep will introduce 3 new aspects to the project:
1 Commission Re-Create to deliver big upcycled art workshops for disadvantaged children during May half term. These would culminate in an exhibition during the festival;
2 Fund Pedal Emporium’s delivery of a pedal powered disco & a pedal powered paint spinning session during the festival;
3 Employ Band Pres Llareggub to deliver brass workshops at the Kids Zone & around Tafwyl. They would also hold pop up performances between workshops.

Spectacle Theatre & Cardiff Harbour Authority
Cardiff Harbour Authority has commissioned Spectacle Theatre to create an immersive, participatory theatre production on Flat Holm Island. The business wishes to provide visitors with an interactive, engaging tour showcasing the island’s unique history and lifestyle. It will focus on the Victorian era, WW2 and Marconi, through to the present day and the environmental work carried out on the island. CultureStep investment will fund Spectacle to adapt the piece and tour it to Cardiff schools. 20 half-day sessions would be delivered, reaching 600 pupils within the city’s Communities First Areas. The piece will be offered in both English and Welsh.


Avant Productions & Principality Building Society, Town and Country and Baguette-u-like
Principality has committed to sponsor Avant productions for 3 years. The Tonyefail based theatre company has also secured in-kind support from 2 local businesses, Town and Country and Baguette-u-like, for its upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Loves Labours Won. CultureStep funding will provide workshops based around the production in local schools, in both English and Welsh. In addition to this, CultureStep will enable local children who split their time between foster parents and their parents to attend Avant’s classes free of charge for 24 weeks. This will provide them with routine and stability while developing their confidence and social skills.