Townscape Heritage Initiative Projects
reFrame: On March 14th 2013 a week long exhibition of art projects took place as part of the Pontypool THI. The art works were displayed in and on various buildings within the THI area. A group of 43 second year photography students from Newport University were commissioned to create art work to decorate hoardings on buildings in Pontypool Town Centre and to complement the exhibition a colour supplement was published and distributed with the Pontypool Free Press.
The brief given to the students was that the art hoardings created would depict historical images of Pontypool which could be attached to scaffolding during the repair of the buildings. As part of the project the students engaged with local residents and community members to ask what Pontypool means to them and to enable them to express their memories and aspirations for the town. The students spent time researching their artworks and then pitched them to a panel of judges who then decided which works to take forward to be used in the project and exhibited around the town.
Pontypool THI have joined with Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare THI projects in the South East Wales area to pool resources and to run training projects for local firms who could benefit from the scheme. Some of the courses so far run by the group have included heritage construction skills, lead work, lime rendering and a day for architects and surveyors at Beechwood House in Newport. By combining resources the opportunities for training are increased and businesses from a wider geographical area can become involved.
Last Modified: 03/07/2019
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