08/03/2018 | Finding Maindee, New Paths, Arts
On Tuesday 27th February over 30 people squeezed into the Holbrook Studio on Chepstow Road to meet Stuart Farnsworth as he explained the story behind the 188 pages of raw data found in the 2017 Maindee Nonsensus.
According to his clipboard Stuart met 12.85% of the householders [and homeless] living within Maindee. Some of the responses to his 3 questions were short, but some people shared personal experiences about their lives and one lady recited poetry. At one property Stuart’s singing technique was tested. All of these words, including the ‘yeahs’, ‘ha has’ and ‘innits’ are faithfully recorded in the book.
This blog is account of the Q&A session. Although Stuart recorded the whole conversation - and could potentially type if out two-fingered as he did for the book - we have had to interpret and group together some of the conversations. If you want to get a copy of the book there will be some copies for sale at £10 in the Maindee Library and the pdf can be downloaded here.
01/02/2018 | Finding Maindee, Arts, Development & Building
In mid December 2017 we went up to the Kickplate Project’s 76m2 exhibition space in Pontypool to have a chat with Dafydd Williams. Dafydd spent a week in October as an artist in residence in Maindee - taking portraits next to the toilets at the Triangle on Livingstone Place.
This blog article recalls how art projects help us sense whether towns and settlements of all sizes have a centre - or not. What are the conditions that change relationships with places? How does Maindee in Newport compare to industrial valleys towns like Pontypool and Abertillery where populations have more than halved in 100 years.
We also also talked about Warsaw in Poland, where the majority of the city had been destroyed in WWII. What happens when people have to think again about what they want from their town or city. Above all we confirmed in our minds that arts activities help to bring people together and help us make conversation.
30/11/2017 | Finding Maindee, Development & Building, Learning
For the last couple of years we have been trying to find Maindee. To be honest this is hard as the people living in this place keep on changing and there are other names which confuse the geography... like Corporation Road, Victoria and even Beechwood. Last week we went to the end of X24 bus route from Newport - to the town at the top of the valley called Blaenavon.
This article mostly centres on what we learned from Jayne Skyrme [pictured above left], who lives and works in Blaenavon. What we found were some lessons about facilitating enterprise and understanding what it means when a place has a strong sense of its own identity.
Finding Maindee Blog Posts
- Stuart Farnsworth - Maindee Nonsensus Q&A - 08/03/2018
- Reflections on Maindee Triangle Winter 2017-18 - 01/02/2018
- Finding Blaenavon & learning about Enterprise Facilitation - 30/11/2017
- Library Refresh about to get real! - 29/11/2017
- New Paths November 2017: Creative Ways of Making Money? - 23/11/2017
- Responding to Toilet Debate: 3 Questions for Localities - 10/11/2017
- Toilets, Public Space... and Social Justice? - 03/11/2017
- Update on Maindee Triangle at Livingstone Place - 19/09/2017
- Newport Photomarathon - Maindee Sat Oct 28th - 14/09/2017
- Evaluation of Finding Maindee - 04/09/2017
- NONSENSUS - 13/08/2017
- New Paths Gathering - July 2017 retrospective - 09/08/2017
- Drawing, Space and Articulation - Workshop with Stephanie Roberts 10th August - 26/07/2017
- Introducing KHBT to Maindee Triangle - 19/07/2017
- Maindee library is having a make over. Maggie and Kim need your input. - 11/07/2017
- Selecting Creative Practitioners for Llyfrgell Maindee Library + - 18/05/2017
- May New Paths - Focus on the Library - 14/05/2017
- New Paths 4th Gathering: Evaluating the Arts - 18/04/2017
- Countdown to Creative Practitioner Project - 07/04/2017
- March New Paths Gathering & Looking Forward to April - 01/04/2017
- Sounds of Maindee - New Project - 23/03/2017
- Finding Maindee in Financial Terms - 23/03/2017
- Huw Meredydd Owen writes about his Maindee experience - 13/03/2017
- Evaluating Art and Culture? - 07/03/2017
- What happened to the Maindee Map Room? - 28/02/2017