The Art Party is a new initiative to help put Grangetown on the culture map as a centre for arts and creativity.

The aim of the group is to connect artists and share their skills in community workshops. We hope to attract artists with a range of skills from graffiti, calligraphy, painting or drawing, textiles, printing, making sculpture from junk, nail art, as well as many other art forms.

The Art Party has been formed by Grangetown and Butetown artists Deborah Aguirre Jones, Paul Edwards, Jane Hubbard, and Kyle Legall.

In summer of 2019 we benefitted from seed funding provided by Cardiff University’s Community Gateway project and ran two pilot community art projects to bring residents and park users closer to the construction project to redevelop Grange Pavilion and better engage them with the happenings behind the hoarding.

Over 50 park users designed and sprayed artwork on the hoarding around the Grange Pavilion construction site with whole families taking part who prior to the project had no idea about the construction project taking place right on their doorstep.

Following this, a series of portraits were drawn of people who live or work in the neighbourhood and posted up onto the hoardings. Doing this, we realised from the enthusiastic response that there is an appetite to develop more creative projects in the neighbourhood.

From small beginnings we can grow!

Moving forward we hope to run activities from the new Grange Pavilion, Covid-19 regulations permitting.

Firstly, the agenda is to have fun exploring art and developing our talents. Secondly, we know that creativity improves wellbeing, helps foster community ties and stimulates our right brain thinking!  Ultimately, we want to make ourselves visible, strengthen our voices and increase confidence in our skills and ourselves, through working with others in a positive atmosphere of support and encouragement.

The Grangetown Art Party aims to create an economy for artists, through art fairs, markets, summer and Christmas events. Giving the community visibility is key to the success of the project, as we want to celebrate the area’s culture, diversity, and energy, and to create a vibrant art community. Having opportunities to buy and sell, and to be seen exhibiting and sharing our work will feed into the local economy and small business growth.

Lynne Thomas, Community Gateway Project Manager, will support The Art Party as we connect with local groups and individuals, helping build creative opportunities in Grangetown via the Pavilion.

Look out for community art at Grange Pavilion and further art workshops in the future!

For the next phase of the project, the group has initial funding from the National Lottery Awards for All programme and Cardiff Bay Rotary Club to begin community engagement and we would like to hear from you about the types of ‘art’ you would like to explore.

We have created an online survey to help us understand what people would like, which is available here.

Please complete the survey and help us kick-start our Art Party!