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It's art but it's not

What is ‘It’s Art But It’s Not’

‘It’s Art But It’s Not’ is a community regeneration project in the villages of Penygraig, Trebanog and Porth.

Based in Rhondda Cynon Taf, this project is a three year partnership between Trivallis (one of Wales’ largest registered social landlords), Valleys Kids and Artes Mundi, with the aim of putting art at the heart of community regeneration.

The project has invited artists to work with communities to explore their surroundings in creative and interesting ways; this has led to the development of public art as well as new ways to implement regeneration and environmental improvements.

What difference can the project make?

The project changes the way people perceive their community and contribute to a long term cultural strategy for their area.

It has already meant:

  • Art being used to highlight the area’s assets and identity
  • Physical improvements in the participating towns
  • Nurturing community cohesion by bringing people together in shared celebrations
  • Developed Vocational skills
  • Raising aspirations by providing access to the best local, national and international artists

On the Well-being Checklist: Prosperity ✔ Resilience ✔ Equality ✔ Community ✔ Culture ✔ Global ✔

It's art but it's not | Photo: Rabab Ghazoul
Photo: If I could speak, A community conversation with artist Rabab Ghazoul and young people from Penygraig with families at the RCT Homes Fun Day , Tonyrefail, 31 July 2015. Photo courtesy of Michal Iwanowski

  • Trivallis are a local social housing landlord based in Pontypridd.
  • Valleys Kids are a local community development charity based in Penygraig & Porth.
  • Artes Mundi are an international contemporary art organisation based in Cardiff.

Photo below: Walk with the Lucy + Jorge Orta, exploring Trebanog, Penygraig and Porth 22 November 2015. Photo courtesy of Jorge Orta

It's art but it's not
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