Behind Closed Doors - June

Our building may be closed but that doesn't mean we've stopped being creative or planning for the future. Here's what we've been up to in June 2020.

Our Chairman - Peter Swinburn wrote an insightful blog entitled Keeping the Lights On -  about the current crisis and the creative work we are continuing to do during lockdown, some of which has been reflected here...

Peter Swinburn
Peter Swinburn

Our Voices of Change community art project is still going strong. We're working closely with Butetown Carnival and will have some exciting videos to show you in August. In the meantime we'd still love you to be involved in Voices of Change. Please email your work to us at community@wmc.org.uk

#BlackLivesMatter was on everybody's minds and we stood firm in solidarity in the fight against injustice, inequality and racism. More on this coming soon.

Our Senior Community Engagement Officer, Gemma Hicks gave an insight into the amazing work she's been doing with local community groups and the fabulous community-led events that have taken place over the past year. More community banquets coming too! Read Gemma's blog.

Gemma Hicks (left) at one of our community events
Gemma Hicks (left) at one of our community events

For World Environment Day, Dave Bonney from our Operations Team wrote a blog about sustainability - from installing LED lighting to using energy from waste. Find out more here.

Our youth-led station, Radio Platfform also got involved too - playing out environmental messages from some of the main political parties such as this one from the Wales Green Party.

Our Radio Platfform team continue to go from strength to strength broadcasting from their homes. And Molly our Studio Co-Ordinator helped arrange a successful and peaceful #BLM protest in Merthyr Tydfil.

The team also got on board with BBC Radio 1 presenter, Huw Stephens first-ever #WelshBandsT-ShirtDay and have been busy working on their own shows. Luke Davis' show 'Youth Talk' featured interviews with Plaid Cymru’s Siân Gwenllian, Conservative MP, Fay Jones and Professor of Politics, Roger Awan-Scully to discuss affairs in Wales.

Cardiff-based charity Grassroots celebrated #YouthWorkWeek by highlighting some of the great work our Radio Platfform team have done with them.

The Boy With Two Hearts featured in a blog written by the author, Hamed Amiri and Emma Evans, a Senior Producer from our Arts and Creative team. We're thrilled to be bringing the book to the stage sometime in 2021 and you can listen to an interview Hamed did with Ed from Radio Platfform here

Listen live to our Radio Platfform shows from Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm or catch up on Mixcloud.

On June 12 we sadly announced that we remain closed until at least January 2021, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Full details are here.

And on June 17 - we announced our support for the Freelance Taskforce and having the brilliant Gavin Porter on board to help us support that.

For this year's Windrush Day on June 22 we highlighted the incredible work of one of our Community Ambassadors, the legendary Roma Taylor. You can read the blog about her remarkable story here.

Roma - image courtesy of Race Council Cymru
Roma image courtesy of Race Council Cymru

Our Artistic Director, Graeme Farrow appeared on the BBC Radio Wales Art Show with Nicola Heywood-Thomas to discuss venue closures, arts funding and the future of creativity in Wales. Listen again on BBC Sounds.

Many of the activities we're still able to carry out are a direct result of your kind donations, membership renewals and grant funding. We's also like to thank the Arts Council of WalesMoondance Foundation and Garfield Weston for allowing us to continue supporting the creative talent, young people and communities that need creativity now, more than ever.

We also wanted to say a massive 'Diolch' to everyone who has praised our incredible staff, shared their memories of the building and supported us. it's great to know you are all behind us.

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