As part of the ongoing Celebrating Chartism Legacy, Newport Live is proud to announce the artistic team that will deliver the ChARTism on the Hill project.
From left to right: Richard Parry, Ned Heywood and Dylan Moore
Writer Dylan Moore, teacher George Gumisiriza, ceramicist Ned Heywood and artists Parry&Glynn have been commissioned to lead the creation of work of art along the route of the Chartist march on Stow Hill, Newport. It will celebrate Newport’s role in the development of democracy and the journey of human rights around the world today. The artwork, ‘In their Shoes’ will be placed from St Woolos Cathedral down to Westgate Square will be unveiled on a day of celebration in spring 2017. Find out more about the project here.
The project provides an opportunity for the public and community across Newport and the Gwent valleys, and especially on Stow Hill, to become actively involved in the making of these works of art in ceramic and stone. The team is inviting the institutions, businesses and residents of Stow Hill to consider the possibility of hosting either a temporary or permanent work and will be conducting a series of workshops to allow schools, workplaces and community groups of all kinds to become involved in creating the art.
The project was launched on Friday 4th November, at St Woolos Cathedral in Newport. The event also saw pupils from Millbrook Primary School perform readings of their fantastic interpretations of John Frost’s iconic Chartism speech. Newport Live also spoke about the new Celebrating Chartism Literacy Bursary, which is open to pupils in Key Stage 2 (years 3-6), and is co-sponsored by Western Power.
The launch of the ChARTism on the Hill artwork trail was followed the Newport Schools Chartists Uprising Walk at the Westgate Hotel. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Newport City Council and The Chartists Commission and is delivered by Newport Live.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Dylan Moore is a writer, journalist, teacher, editor and activist. He spent 14 years teaching English at secondary schools in Newport. He now works for the Institute of Welsh Affairs, editing the flagship political magazine the Welsh agenda. He serves on the executive committee of Wales PEN Cymru, which campaigns for freedom of expression and human rights and also works at the Sanctuary Project on Stow Hill, which provides practical and emotional support to asylum seekers and refugees. He lives in Newport.
Ned Heywood MBE is based in Chepstow, and has for thirty years created heritage ceramics - plaques, photo and text tiles, illustrated paving slabs and pottery - for a huge number of small, medium and large scale commissions and community projects. As well as London’s blue plaques, his work includes the 541 individual tiles commemorating the miners killed in the two Universal Colliery Disasters and the National Mining Memorial. He is currently working on a heritage trail in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Parry & Glynn are South Wales based artists. Chris Glynn is Senior Lecturer in Illustration at Cardiff Metropolitan University; Richard Parry’s background is in acting and classical singing. They have come together recently to make the works A Walk on the Edge of Providence in Rhode Island, USA, Antemasque at the French Embassy in London and Ymateb (response) in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. They are the artistic directors of the ongoing cross-Wales and international Coleridge in Wales project and this summer made a public art work in the Gorsedd stone circle at the National Eisteddfod, New Shepherds.
George Gumisiriza is an educator and spoken word artist. He came to the UK as a refugee from Uganda, where he was Deputy Principal of a large high school and worked with the British Council as coordinator of a DFID Global Schools cluster partnership. Since coming to Newport in 2014, George has taught English to asylum seekers and refugees at the Sanctuary Project, run by Bethel Community Church on Stow Hill. He has also volunteered with the British Red Cross, Race Equality First and the Community Health Champion Network.