Where we started
Valley and Vale came into being during the miners’ strikes in South Wales in the early 1980’s. At that time the organisation was offering Community Arts as a way of helping people in the Garw Valley document their lives at a time of hardship and great change.
Where we are now
In the years since, our organisation has experienced great change too, but we have gained immensely from the journey and we have reflected very carefully on what we have achieved. As a result we feel that we have ‘grown up’ as an organisation. We are now more experienced and skilled at what we do and we are thriving. Looking at the highlights of last year’s work there is much to celebrate:
‘2008/09 has been a highly successful year for Valley and Vale. An Arts Council Beacon Award recognised the organisation’s pioneering role within the community arts field in Wales, and provided additional funding for it to take on challenging new work. Two films were nominated for ZOOM Cymru Awards and Back2Back Theatre was declared winner of the Diana Anti-Bullying Award in London. Valley and Vale’s acclaimed production of A Long Way Down continued to tour successfully and connect with youth audiences whilst new sources of funding were secured to underpin two large-scale future projects.
Throughout the year, Valley and Vale continued to create and deliver tailor-made community arts workshops, training programmes and projects across all its art form areas including dance, drama, film, animation, photography and the visual arts. In parallel to the project activity, the Valley and Vale team engaged in an in-depth Business Planning exercise, which has revitalised many areas of the organisation’s work and fine-tuned the organisation’s overall vision.‘ (Arts Council of Wales Annual Review Report 2009/10)