We support people to enjoy being creative. We believe everyone can be an artist!

ACE Arts

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ACE Arts offers a wide range of art workshops and activities, open to anyone who would like to develop existing art skills or learn new ones! We strive to support everyone involved in our project to enjoy being creative. We believe everyone can be an artist!

Our Projects

Explore Collective

Explore Collective’ is a 2 year art project funded by Arts Council Wales ‘Connect & Flourish’ fund, bringing together a range of wonderful creative organisations including ACE Arts, Valleys Kids, Disability Arts Cymru, Straeon Research, Wales Millennium Centre and two freelance artists.

Thank you to our partners and funders

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Our project is a creative exploration, working together with participants, project artists and partners. We will inspire and support each other and respond creatively to needs within our communities.

We aim to share artistic techniques and processes and learn new creative skills, along with offering trips and showcasing exhibitions that will help us connect and share our artwork and achievements with a wider audience.

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Regular Art Workshops

As part of this project we currently run free weekly art workshops for adults on Mondays and Thursdays at the Dusty Forge, where community members can try lots of different types of art such as drawing, painting, ceramics and more.

Our Art Workshops aim to:

  • Help more people enjoy the arts.
  • Develop existing creative skills and learn new ones!
  • Provide an opportunity to create artwork for exhibitions
  • Improve mental health, confidence and general wellbeing
  • Provide opportunities to develop social skills and make new friendships
  • Develop strong creative partnerships with fellow art organisations and individuals
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Participant Quotes:

“It’s a place if you’re vulnerable you don’t feel afraid. It’s a place where, if my mental health is not so great people don’t pressure me or ask me questions, you’re just allowed to sort of be yourself, and that is SO important. It’s good for my mental health and gives me a chance to switch off.”

“I think I have progressed since being here, mentally and physically. I have done pottery and lino printing for the first time! I was really proud of my mug I made. I’ve never done pottery before.”

“I just can’t wait to see the result of my printing next week! When I see the end piece I feel proud – I didn’t think I could do it!”

“‘I felt at rock bottom when I arrived today and he session has lifted me right up”’

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Like to join in?

All ages and abilities 16+ are welcome to join our regular groups. We invite anyone with an interest in being creative to get involved. All workshops and trips are free, we just ask that you are committed to attending a block of weekly daytime workshops. Sign-ups will be on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact:
nicolap@aceplace.org
T: 029 20003132

Creative Grief Space

Creative Grief Space is a series of art workshops exploring ways we might use creativity as an emotional support tool for grief.

It is a chance for participants to explore and focus on special memories to express within your artwork, which can sometimes feel overwhelming to talk about.

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During feedback participants said:

“Having permission to feel those feelings made it special. There’s a link between sharing stories, being given creative opportunities, viewing and making artwork – acknowledging that you feel a certain way and letting the artwork tell a narrative – I love the process of it all, art helped me a lot’’

We are planning to run a series of Creative Grief Space workshops starting in December 2022, so please get in touch beforehand if you would like to participate in these.

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CAER Heritage Art

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Caer Heritage Hidden Hillfort is an ongoing project funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund aiming to explore the history and archaeology of Caerau Hillfort and the surrounding area.  We help to connect communities with their heritage and develop educational and new-life opportunities.

As part of the project we regularly run pop-up creative workshops involving sculpture, clay, and drawing, exploring the theme of Ely and Caearau’s rich heritage and our local Iron Age hillfort. You can visit our new heritage centre on Church Road, Caerau, Cardiff, CF5 5LQ to find out more about the project or contact below for more information of up and coming creative events!

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Volunteer Opportunities

We have a number of exciting volunteer opportunities at ACE Arts. Whether you are looking for work experience, to build your confidence or make a positive change within the community we would love to meet you!

Opportunities include:

  • Supporting the art team to prep art workshops and materials.
  • Sharing your own art skills at our workshops.
  • Supporting participants in our weekly workshops.
  • Helping plan and install exhibitions and support trips

How to get involved…

For information on current ACE Arts workshops and events please contact nicolap@aceplace.org or phone the Dusty Forge on 029 2000 3132.

You can also keep an eye on our ACE Arts Facebook page and Twitter (@elycaerauACE_Arts) for information on exciting opportunities and to see the fantastic work being produced!

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