06/10/2017 | Development & Building, Community, Learning
Writing this article in early October 2017 we are getting close to making the first changes to the Maindee Library building. Everybody asks why things seem to take such a long time to happen? The honest answer is that as we explore this building we sense that it has its own personality and that there are many complex relationships between all the different processes [not least human behaviours] needed to make the refresh happen.
This piece of writing explores how changing one part of the building will have knock-on effects in other parts [see real image above taken of the library boiler room]. We also deliberate embracing renewable heating systems… the upfront capital price versus the lifetime running costs. In many respects we hope that other small charities will be able to read this account and benefit from our little adventure...
30/09/2017 | Development & Building, Community, Library
Another year in the history of Maindee Unlimited, the charity which supports the library, was celebtrated on the evening of Monday September 2017. This meeting was both a chance to present the year to date, including the finances, and also to hear from some other groups in Newport that are taking on creative community-led projects: the Cwtsh and Le Public Space.
This blog provides some detail about the evening, with links to the other presentations.
19/09/2017 | Finding Maindee, New Paths, Arts, Development & Building
Since the summer of 2017 architects and artists KHBT have been working on design proposals for the triangle-shaped land at the junction of Chepstow Road and Livingstone Place. In July they made a first visit and then came again the present initial proposals to the New Paths Gathering in August. Since then views and ideas have been sought; there have been changes to the design and we now have more detailed proposals and a hand-made scale model in the library [see below].
14/09/2017 | Street Media, Finding Maindee, New Paths, Arts
The first Newport Photomarathon comes to Maindee Library on Chepstow Road to start at midday on Saturday 28th October. Over the following 24 hours the photo marathon entrants will be going around the city taking photos and also sampling some of the 6 workshops on offer.
This blog article gives an insight into the collaboration behind the scenes, not only between artists but also from businesses and organisations ranging from the Camera Centre to Newport Transport and Coleg Gwent.
- Practicalities of the Maindee Library Refresh - 06/10/2017
- Celebrating Maindee Unlimited at the 2017 AGM - 30/09/2017
- Update on Maindee Triangle at Livingstone Place - 19/09/2017
- Newport Photomarathon - Maindee Sat Oct 28th - 14/09/2017
- Maindee Library Refresh - Can you Help? - 07/09/2017
- Evaluation of Finding Maindee - 04/09/2017
- Maindee Unlimited developing as a charity - 03/09/2017
- Getting views first changes to Maindee Library - 30/08/2017
- First Phase of Library Makeover - 23/08/2017
- NONSENSUS - 13/08/2017