Up an Over Mapping the Valleys Project

‘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.

The aim of our Up and Over project is to recreate the beauty and history of Tithe maps through the medium of textiles, using the Tithe and other historic maps as an inspiration. Each group is working with our Visual Arts facilitators Alison McGann and Becky Adams, creating Community Arts and personal records of shared routes, which represent either physical or emotional journeys, or a combination of both.

The textiles will include, among other things, photographs with colour and stitch lines added by participating volunteers, creating individual pieces encapsulating significant moments in their lives such as family occasions and sporting events, mundane everyday journeys to school and work, or inspiring walks with favourite views. Historical landmarks and people from the communities that the groups feel need to be mentioned will also be included.

This project is creating new community partnerships through these artworks by linking the two pieces, and the Garw and Llynfi Valleys, as they have always historically been linked, via routes Up and Over the mountains since before the Tithes Maps were created.

Cynefin is a project run by a partnership led by Archives Wales, and also includes the National Library of Wales and the People’s Collection. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Welsh Government through CyMAL, the National Library of Wales and Archives Wales, and for Up and Over we have support from The Arts Council of Wales and Bridgend County Borough Council.

For more information on the Cynefin Tithes maps project visit http://cynefin.archiveswales.org.uk