Maindee Unlimited

We love Maindee - but it needs a boost. So a group of local residents and partner organisations formed Maindee Unlimited in 2015 to pool our resources and skills. 

More and more local residents and traders are getting involved... and by working together we are now starting to see real change (check out this website to see what's going on).

You can download our constitution and current policies by clicking here

Here's some of the highlights:

  • Commissioned a mural (see above) to brighten up Maindee Square
  • Secured over £0.5m project finance

Latest Blog Post

Finding Maindee in Financial Terms

Finding Maindee is Maindee Unlimited's main project in financial terms. This financial year (April 2016 - March 2017) is Year 2 of the work and we will have spent just over £117,000, compared to just under £50,000 in Year 1. The project is funded by a grant of £365,000 from the Arts Council of Wales alongside money from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the Garfield Weston Trust, Big Lottery Fund and Newport City Council combined with a lot of voluntary effort and support from the Maindee community.

This blog article gives a little information about where the money has been spent and what our plans are for Year 3.

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Huw Meredydd Owen writes about his Maindee experience

As part of our commitment to sharing the experience of the Finding Maindee project we try to give voice to some of the tensions and difficult situations which arise from the projects we are involved in.

In this article we consider the experience of being involved in two externally-funded programmes. Though we could not do large amounts of our work without money from our funders, we also want to explain the impact of external demands on the 'socially-engaged' work of not just our volunteers and artists, but also on other professionals. In this article Huw Meredydd Owen [pictured below] reflects on his experience between 2014 and 2016 of working with Maindee Unlimited as lead creative on the Library and Triangle Project.

Huw Meredydd Owen on the Triangle

It is also worth pointing out that Huw and his wider team will not be bidding for the commission to complete the design work at the library that we are currently advertising with Addo (deadline 23 April 2017). In this respect we hope that this account will be of interest to anybody applying for the commission.

 

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What happened to the Maindee Map Room?

One of the original plans for Llyfrgell Maindee Library + was to have a dedicated area of the library ( to be called “The Map Room”) as the nerve centre for this. The  intended focus of use would be on community engagement though literal and metaphorical mapping activities. Using data, research methods, artist led activity and signposting initiatives The Map Room will produce a series of multi-layered maps of the area.

Portsmouth WWII Map Room

The Map Room concept is based on WWII map rooms, such as the one illustrated above in Southwick House, Portsmouth, which formed the information  hub for the D Day landings.

Now that we have had time to develop the Finding Maindee project, through many New Paths projects and are also in a position to proceed with the library redevelopment, it is worth looking back at what we considered in the original Map Room workshop in January 2016.

 

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Plans for Maindee Triangle

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