From the Station to the Sea

An Ideas People Places Project, supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

From the Station to the Sea is a project about Swansea High Street. It is about the idea of the High Street, the lived reality of the place, and the possibilities of its transformation. The consortium, led by Coastal Housing and Volcano Theatre, has devised a programme of diverse yet connected projects, each of which addresses particular perceptions or concerns and focusses on the needs and desires of specific constituencies. Working with residents, traders, schools, workers, commuters, visitors and socially excluded people, the project aims to disrupt the prevailing power relations through imaginative interventions in the material and social realm of the street.

An earlier phase of the project saw the consortium transform a large empty space on the High Street into a temporary public space with a mini-beach, inflatable play zone and woodland area, which hosted a range of free events and activities from June 2014 to January 2015. The project partners used the various activities on the site as an opportunity to observe and record people’s responses to the High Street and changes within it.  

The next phase (running until Autumn 2018) sees the team bringing artists together with local organisations, schools, residents and traders to produce creative responses to issues identified in the previous phase, making imaginative longer-term transformations of buildings, street features and facilities, and of people’s experiences of the High Street. Projects that are already underway include:

JAMBORÎ!
Family Fun on the High Street - 28 & 29 April 2018. A mini-festival of creative things to see and do.

BESIDE OURSELVES
With a team from the Wallich and a handful of Wales-based professional performers, Volcano leads a project working regularly in a professional theatre setting with a group of vulnerably housed people in Swansea, based on improvisation, teamwork and creative expression. Supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

SWANSEA STREETWRAP
Transforming utility boxes in the HIgh Street with bold new surface-pattern designs by students at UWTSD. In partnership woth Swansea City Centre

COME RAIN OR COME SHINE
Striking awnings or canopies designed by artists to meet the needs of independent traders, improve the environment for visitors and shoppers, and help create a distictive visual identity for the street. We are working with Glasgow-based design studio Bespoke Atelier and a number of High Street traders.

MAES PARCIO
Guerilla transformation of parking space into pedestrian-friendly pop-up parks. Featuring artist Sean Browne.

THRESHOLDS
An artist commission to develop and create a fully accessible and inclusive community leisure installationon Swansea High Street, designed collaboratively with pupils and staff of Ysgol Crug Glas, a nearby school for 3 to 19 year olds, all of whom have profound and multiple or complex learning difficulties. Supported by The People's Postcode Lottery.

TROUBLEMAKERS' FESTIVAL
Thu 13 Jul 2017 to Sun 16 Jul 2017
The central event of the 2017 programme - we closed the High Street to traffic to create a festival of fun, performance, art and activism driven by grassroots local movements. With guest appearances by Mark Thomas, Stella Duffy and more.

STORYOPOLIS
A children's literacy and storymaking initiative, which has increased children's access to high-quality literature experiences through workshops and events with authors and illustrators, and which aims to help make the High Street a more inclusive, family-friendly environment. Co-ordinated by Tim Batcup of Cover to Cover Books.

TUNNEL VISION
A project bringing together local graffiti artists, infrastructure owners and artists to transform and maintain a key underbridge route between the river and High Street levels. Led by Higher Street International.

PIANOS FOR HIGH STREET
A spin-off project from Troublemakers' Festival 2017, proposed by young local musician Rowena Griffiths. Unwanted pianos are given bold new life by teams of artists and community groups, and placed in HIgh Street locations for people to play.

STORY STREET
A digital stories project for residents and local traders, aimed at building relationships, making connections and highlighting the diversity of people and experiences in the street. Led by Prue Thimbleby. Participants created their own digital stories using video, photo and audio techniques. These stories are shared via various media in locations within the street.

I'M NOT FROM ROUND HERE
An artist residency with Mark Folds, supported by elysiumgallery, exploring new types of relationships with High Street co-inhabitants and bring new voices into the conversation about what it’s like to live, work and play round here.

 

 

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