A day of Emergence events looking at sustainable creative practice in Wales at the World Stage Design Festival, Cardiff, Friday 13th September 2013.
The World Stage Design Festival comes to Cardiff from 5th to 15th September 2013. Hosted by Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama WSD2013 is a celebration of international performance design from the world of theatre, opera and dance. This international festival includes performances, talks, seminars and exhibitions from individual artists, companies, designers and organisations all exploring sustainability and creative practice.
Following on from the Emergence Summit in 2012 and as part of WSD2013, Emergence is hosting a day of events looking at sustainable creative practice in Wales on Friday 13th September.
Tickets for the festival are available via the World Stage Design Festival website.
9.30am Creu Cymru Emergence (presentation)
The Creu Cymru Emergence project is working in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle, Cardiff University and Cynnal Cymru to support a network of eighteen theatres and arts centres across Wales. The project aims to effect behaviour change and enable the participants to become more resilient by considering the challenges and opportunities of making sustainability intrinsic to their thinking and practice.
This session is designed to look at the way networks and collaboration can enhance sustainable practice, it will be an opportunity to share best practice, find out more about the Creu Cymru Emergence project and discuss some of the specific challenges facing theatres and arts centres.
1.30pm Doin’ Dirt Time (performance)
Emergence presents a performance of Suzi Gablik’s Doin’ Dirt Time. This provocative performance raises questions about the traditional role of the arts in society, as two artists dedicate themselves to a radical new art form: living life as a sacred act. An experiment in future-oriented, stripped-back theatre by Fern Smith, Philip Ralph and Rhodri Thomas.
2.30pm World Café (participatory inquiry)
Emergence facilitates a ‘World Café’ conversation which focuses on the role of the arts and artists as change-makers. This will be an invaluable opportunity to meet and share with other designers, theatre makers, producing and receiving houses and to follow a line of enquiry in an open, honest and structured manner.
4.30pm Walking to the Summit (film)
Shot in mid Wales at the 2012 Emergence Summit and the Centre for Alternative Technology, Walking to the Summit is a beautifully-composed film which captures the movement and the stillness of a journey, and the breathtaking beauty of the country through which it moves.
The Emergence Summit brought together artists and pioneers to ‘create the future,’ visioning a world in which people and the planet matter as the top priority. Walking to the Summit is a fascinating document of the group of forty artists who made a commitment to stand up for sustainability by walking the Emergence Land Journey, traversing some of the most challenging and least-inhabited areas of Wales.
“I love the fact that when we talk about what inspires us we always start with the very personal”
World Café participant
“Watching the film of ‘Walking to the Summit’ made me feel as though I was right there. It takes you on such a journey”
Fern was born in London and now lives in Swansea, South Wales. After studying for a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Industrial Relations she formed Volcano Theatre Company with Paul Davies in the 1980’s.
Since then Fern has performed, directed and taught workshops for Volcano and as a freelancer nationally and internationally for 25 years. Fern is co-initiator and creative producer of Emergence.
fern [at] emergence-uk.org
Director and founder, Culture Colony
Born in Bangor 1963, grew up in Dyffryn Ardudwy and attended Ysgol Ardudwy Harlech. He was educated through the medium of hitch hiking around Europe at the age of 17. Pete took the foundation course in Bangor (with tutors Paul Davies and Peter Prendergast) and then studied Fine Art/Painting at Maidstone Art College until 1984.
After two years as photography teacher at a secondary school in London Pete became a freelance photographer until he joined BBC Wales’ new Arts Department in 1992. He left BBC Wales to become a Freelance television director in 1995.
He has worked for all the main independent television production companies in Wales, working in many countries around the world. He has made a lot of TV in all genres including over 70 documentaries. In 2001 he set up his own production company ‘Pixel Foundry’ and they have made programmes for BBC Wales, S4C, ITV1 Wales, Channel 4 and BBC 4.
Over the past six years Pete has been involved in developing and setting up the on line cultural network ‘Culture Colony – Y Wladfa Newydd’. This network runs cultural conferences, events and exhibitions and operates from a web site (see below) where content and ideas can be shared by its membership. Culture Colony also creates content for the web site and for other cultural organisations and individuals who may require a video production service.
Culture Colony supports the documentation of Emergence and provides a platform for the projects’ films.
Cynnal Cymru / Sustain Wales
Catherine is one of the partners on Creu Cymru Emergence, representing Julie’s Bicycle on the project. She was also on the initial advisory group of Emergence.