Nick Clements – PCC Development Worker

Founded The Pioneers, a Community Arts organisation based in South Wales, in 1981. From that time through to 2002 he worked with over 60,000 people to create more than 500 projects – from painted murals, through mosaics into stained glass and ceramics; from Infants Schools to Comprehensive, to residents groups and large corporations. The work was mainly based in South Wales, but also went as far as England, Germany, America, India and New Zealand. Has taught and trained those interested in the arts on large scale Community Arts training programmes, for Art Colleges and with Care and Community workers from all over Europe.

Present work:

Part of the Art of Change development project at Valley and Vale. The work for this project has included:- the completion of two documentary films which detail the relationship between fathers and their children within the South Wales Valleys. How this has changed over the last 50 years, and the positive benefits ‘committed fathers’ bring to their children, their relationships and the wider community.

The creation and delivery of an extensive training course for the artistic staff at Valley and Vale. The course included counselling, training and the development of individual practice, as well as undertaking a 10 day Summer Playscheme for children in Betws, and a residential weekend at the Stackpole Centre.

Published two books in 2004:

‘The Pioneers – Murals, Mosaics, Madness and Myths’ – this book has the pictures, the anecdotes and the myths. It will inspire people to use their creativity in the community and to share their skills with others.

‘Creative Collaboration’ – is, at long last, a theory of Community Art practice, discussing why such work is of value, and how to use it wisely in order to bring about change in society.

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