Vale of Glamorgan Council supports local artists
02 August 2017
OGMORE artist Ingrid Walker has been recognised with a commission to create awards for a prestigious event as the Vale of Glamorgan Council continues to support the local arts scene.
Ingrid was selected from a number of artists to design the trophies handed out at the Arts and Business Awards Dinner, an evening that celebrated the best creative partnerships between business and the arts.
Rather than mimic more conventional prizes, Ingrid’s trophies featured stained glass set inside driftwood picked up from nearby beaches.
Image02She is part of a group that run Crafts By the Sea, a shop in Ogmore that opened three years ago, sells work by a range of local artists and is soon to launch a new website www.craftsbythesea.co.uk
Coastal Community Arts, a group made up of four who run the shop (https://www.facebook.com/coastalcommunityarts), will hold a festival on September 9 at the Heritage Coast Centre in Dunraven Bay, Southerndown showcasing a range of arts and crafts, which the Council helps fund.
Ingrid and another artist, Clare Revera, also received support from the Council to participate in a scheme to develop coastal activities.
And Clare was given a grant to develop her Out to Learn Willow initiative, a scheme that runs courses and workshops helping people produce art with the wood.
The Council is also planning to set up a craft network in the Vale, offering artists the opportunity to find such things as places to work, opportunities to exhibit and sell their work, marketing assistance and business support.
Art Central, the Council-run gallery, also provides local artists with an opportunity to showcase their work.
“Every year Arts and Business Cymru commission an artist to design the trophies for their awards night because they like to have something individual. I work with stained glass and I like collecting driftwood because it comes in interesting shapes and people love it,” said Ingrid.
“They wanted 11 trophies, ten of which could be the same with one different. But I suggested doing 11 different scenes from all around Wales.
“It’s really helpful to get funding from the Council for our upcoming festival – it will help us produce things like marketing materials. We’re getting a lot of other crafts people involved. We should have about 30 stalls this year.
“Leading up to the festival and the week after we’re having skills sessions with different craftspeople at the Heritage Coast Centre.
“We’ve also had an offer to display our work at the Council’s Art Central gallery so we’re going to have a look at the space and sort that out for the future.
“We’ve been asked by Creative Rural Communities, the Council’s rural regeneration initiative, to link up with other craftspeople so there’s more of a forum for the Vale. That’s something we’re looking into at the moment.”
Cllr Bob Penrose, Vale Council Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture, said: “I’d like to congratulate Ingrid on her recent commission. Her success is an example of the thriving creative scene we boast in the Vale.
“As a Council, we are keen to support initiatives involving the arts as we appreciate what a vital role they play in the community. Innovative projects like Crafts by the Sea and the upcoming Crafts Festival can create long-term social and economic benefits for the Vale.”