June 19 2012

Boat-Building, Film, Voice, Dance and a Great Journey…

Build a Currach

From the Mountains to the Sea

Boat-Building, Film, Voice, Dance and a Great Journey …

Camping Workshop by the River Wye – July 14th-17th 2012

“To make a great journey in a vessel of your own making is no small thing. To make that journey alongside other vessels made by people from other communities, within the broad embrace of the mountains, the river and sea has even greater potential …”

Valley and Vale Community Arts, in partnership with Wales-based artists and other Arts and Youth organisations, is offering a ‘Beneath the Mountain’ Workshop from July 14th to 17th 2012.

This project will offer participants Currach-building workshops and gathering the team and planning sessions for the trip in 2013. We are hoping that interested people and/or organisations will join us, bringing young people that will enjoy this unusual experience, and developing the plan for the big voyage next year.

The Voyage in Spring/Summer 2013 will involve building 6-8 Currachs, learning to sail them, and then making an extraordinary journey 150 miles by river and sea down the River Wye and along the Severn Estuary to St Donats Arts Centre in The Vale of Glamorgan (accompanied by a team of experienced river and marine/sea professionals).

The first workshop will take place on the banks of the River Wye at Glasbury near Hay-on Wye. We will build two Currachs with Rory Macphee, designer and boat builder who lectures at Falmouth Marine School. This initial workshop is aimed at individuals, organisations and group leaders who would like to take part in the project and voyage in Spring Summer 2013. There will also be places for people interested the making, craft, history and use of traditional boats.

The costs of the 4-day Workshop including camping will be £200 per person. Concessions available (contact us for details).

Alongside building the Currachs there will be daily planning sessions and workshops exploring the practical and creative potentials of the voyage. Visiting ecologists, marine historians, artists, educators and poets will offer their insights into this extraordinary landscape. Evenings will include campfires, shared meals, music, films and wild stories.

For more info or to book a place on this exciting summer project for you or your group, please contact us:

John Whitehead and Lynette Margerison (Lead Arts project facilitators) – on 07951 315821 or email [email protected]

Alex Bowen (Director, Valley and Vale Community Arts) – on 01656 729246 or email [email protected]

This project has been funded by The Arts Council of Wales, Bridgend County Borough Council, and is supported by Valley and Vale Community Arts and Arts Alive Wales.