We are lucky to share a life full of colour, creativity, and very special moments connecting with people and being part of positive things happening all over the world in our work at Valley and Vale Community Arts.

This is where you can share some of that journey with us in pictures and slide shows from some of our projects, workshops and events.


We brought exciting African Dance workshops to children at Blaengarw Primary School in the Garw Valley in South Wales in December 2015, facilitated by our long-standing dance partners Addisu Demissie Kifle from Ethiopia and Jessie Brett from Wales.


‘Up and Over’ is a project based in two Valleys north of Bridgend (the Garw and the Llynfi). This Community Arts and Heritage project is part of the Cynefin Project, which is mapping Wales’ sense of place by digitising the Tithes maps of Wales and using these maps as a source of inspiration for a wide range of community projects across Wales. These projects will give communities the opportunity to explore and interpret their own collective histories and intertwine them with their personal recollections.

During the first two weeks of the summer holidays, we held our annual Summer Arts Project for children and young people living in the Garw Valley, offering creative and free activities during the long school break. The project was really successful, with a big numbers and keen children that came to many of the sessions.

Over the course of the day we worked with 180 young people from Year 8. Whilst the other sessions covered race equality, bullying, cyber-bullying and by-standing, we offered creativity workshops which looked at the importance of friendship and valuing others. Using drawing, painting and creative writing we asked the young people to look at those in their lives that they can trust, to describe themselves and their qualities, to draw each other and then to work together in a large group to produce a piece of art that combined all of these exercises.

Betws Community Choir took part in Sing for Water Cardiff, 2015, joining forces with hundreds of voices and choirs from Cardiff and beyond.

An exciting new project has begun at Glanogwr House in Bridgend with a group of older ladies and a couple of gentlemen that meet every Monday morning. This project is aiming to get everyone moving/dancing to music, concentrating on exercises using different parts of the body, and using sequences and ideas the participants have for moving their bodies. So far the sessions have been fantastic and everyone involved has really really enjoyed it. As the weeks have gone by we have been developing the session together and have introduced scarves, hand massages and relaxation techniques.


Our Festive Community Celebration at Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall was a real delight. The night started with the choirs (Betws and Canton) led by local children with the lanterns they made singing ‘This Little Light of Mine’. The choirs continued with other christmas themed songs such as ‘Carol of the Bells’ and ‘There Must be an Angel’ to name a few and that set the atmosphere for the rest of the evening.

A great night at The Gate in Cardiff, fundraising for Destino Dance from Ethiopia.

Funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Barnardo’s Cymru Seraf Service and Valley and Vale Community Arts, launched the exhibition entitled ‘Hear our Voice’ at the Wales Millennium Centre. This exhibition is about young people’s experiences, their relationships, the dangers of sexual exploitation and how through the therapeutic arts they have been able to explore, process and overcome traumatic events. The Seraf Service and Valley and Vale Community Arts have been working alongside TAN dance in using dance as not only an art form but as a educational tool for raising awareness around Child Sexual Exploitation. The dance group opened the event with a powerful piece about sexual exploitation.

This new film is a 5 minute documentary made by young people aged 14-16 years old from the EU Roma community in Cardiff. The project took place at Eastmoors Community Education Centre, where the group worked with our Film Development Worker Tracy Pallant. The project was funded by Film Nation UK and was supported by The Arts Council of Wales. The film reflects the passions and interests of the young filmmakers at an important transition time in their lives.

Our 'Family Fun Day' for the local community to help raise funds for the choir. There was a raffle, a huge tombola, coconut shy, cake and tea stall, Bouncy Castle, jewelry-making workshop, white elephant stall, face painting, choir performance, and countless other stalls as well as a community Dog Show!

‘I am a Woman’ is a new integrated dance collaboration between Dance Development Workers Jessie Brett (UK) and Meseret Girga (Adugna, Ethiopia). This pioneering project has been supported by Wales Arts International and donations from a Crowd Funding campaign UK, as well as support from Valley and Vale Community Arts.

Taking Flight Theatre Company brought Shakespeare’s classic comedy of disguise and deception to the village of Betws this summer, working in partnership with Valley and Vale Community Arts and The Arts Council of Wales’ Young Promoters scheme.

This course was aimed at people that were keen to find out more about the possibilities of outdoor learning, and using creativity in natural outdoor environments. We had a good turn out and great feedback from everyone that came and we enjoyed our two days with this mixed and enthusiastic group. Based on the success of this new creative training programme we are now planning to facilitate more courses like this in the future, so if you missed out this time, don’t worry and watch out for new creativity courses which we will post on our website.

The idea behind our Art Bus project came about because we felt that it was difficult for people in some rural communities in the Bridgend Borough to access our creative opportunities at our location in Betws. In addition, there is often a lack of suitable spaces or Community Centres for us to work from in some areas locally.

Our recent Youth Drama piece ‘Up for It’ was commissioned by Healthy Schools for presentation at a Substance Misuse Training Day for young people in Bridgend. Co-written by Brandon Ashford, Doug Gray and Tamse Preece, directed by Ali Moloney and performed by Brandon Ashford and Doug Gray, ‘Up For It’ charts the impact of substance misuse on the friendship, aspirations and physical and mental health of best friends Jimmy and Dan.

Our Film and International Development workers, Tracy Pallant and Amy Peckham, have just returned from Kenya having kicked off a new Girls' Talk initiative building skills, cultural connections and positive role models for girls across the world. This was the first exchange visit for Valley and Vale Community Arts and Gem TV to Maji Moto in Kenya. Together we aim to research and learn about each others’ communities, and explore the possibilities of developing mutually beneficial projects.

Over the past few months Betws Community Choir, facilitated by our amazing facilitator Laura Bradshaw, has really developed in its independence, creating their own sense of direction as well as supporting the celebrations and charities of different groups of people. Check out what they've been up to...

Christmas 2013 saw the return of the much celebrated ‘Betws Christmas Play’, which for Valley and Vale has become as much a part of Christmas as turkey and tinsel. This year’s production, entitled ‘It Just Ain’t Christmas Without You’, was written by Valley and Vale worker Tim Smith based on the children’s ideas, developed during drama workshops. This year’s play involved Santa being turned into a mean grumpy old man by a dream puppet.



2013 – The Llan Project