Extraordinary Stories in Extraordinary Places

Wednesday 26 September 2012

Extraordinary Stories in Extraordinary Places

Extraordinary Stories in Extraordinary Places

Huw Lewis, the Minister for Housing Regeneration and Heritage, yesterday launched Cadw’s Heritage and Arts Framework, at a celebration of the Cauldrons & Furnaces project at the Senedd.

For the last three years Cadw has been working in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales to develop and deliver Cauldrons & Furnaces – part of the Power of the Flame Cultural Olympiad celebrations in Wales -funded by Legacy Trust UK.

Cadw and the Arts Council have also developed an Arts and Heritage Framework to support the legacy work from Cauldrons & Furnaces and to ensure that arts projects will continue in the future. The framework sets out Cadw’s vision for working with the arts to enable us to connect with new audiences to increase the appreciation and understanding of the monuments within our care.

The Minister said, ‘Cauldrons & Furnaces has brought together 184 local artists, more than 17,000 young people and over 200 volunteers in a creative fusion of enthusiasm and talent to look afresh at what their history means to them.

‘These include people who in the past may have thought that history and heritage was boring, old fashioned and not for them, but who now have a different perspective and take ownership of and pride in their heritage.’

Chair of the Arts Council, Dai Smith said, ‘The aim of the framework is to develop projects, activities and events that will use the arts to inspire others, creating new perspectives and ways of appreciating Wales’s rich and diverse heritage through interpretation that can be provocative, enjoyable and enriching.’

At the event at the Senedd, a film of the project and an exhibition showing the work that has been undertaken during the showcase of events which were held at eight Cadw sites across Wales during June and July will be displayed.

Cauldrons & Furnaces is part of a Wales wide project – Power of the Flame - which has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

The final year of the project showcased a major event at each of the eight sites.

The events included installations at Laugharne Castle and Caernarfon Castle, four promenade performances at Harlech Castle, Blaenafon Ironworks, Denbigh Castle and Flint Castle, a three day Festival of the Arts at Caerphilly Castle and a 22 day Pilgrimage across Wales finishing with a celebration that embraced the entire city at St Davids.  

The project has raised awareness to attract new and diverse audiences to develop Welsh arts, culture and heritage for future collaboration and to support the development of the Heritage and Arts Framework, to ensure that Cadw has a sustainable legacy and future programmes following the completion of  Cauldrons & Furnaces in July 2012.