neptune, amphritrite, sea monsters and fish procession, pembroke festival, june 2008

For this project we worked with five primary schools involving 200 children in Pembroke and the surrounding area to create sea monsters and fish using recycled materials for the festival opening procession.

The procession headed from Pembroke Castle along the main street, along the mill pond walk, culminating at the South Quay with music from the One Voice Choir.

The sea monsters and fish accompanied two giant figures of Neptune and his mermaid wife Amphritrite that were made by the members of Sand Palace Arts.

This project was funded by The Arts Council of Wales.

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butterfly and moth procession, pembroke festival 2006

The aim of the project was to raise awareness of the many local species of butterflies and moths especially those species identified in the local biodiversity action plan.

Sand Palace Arts ran workshops in June and July in five local schools. The workshops began with an introductory talk by Kiri Howells from the National Trust. Children then chose a butterfly or moth to make using willow and tissue paper.

Further workshops were held weekly during the summer holidays in Pembroke and Monkton for children and adults. During these workshops, four giant and over 100 smaller butterflies and moths were made. The giant structures represented the Silver Studded Blue.

All the work came together in a spectacular procession on the Commons, Pembroke as part of the towns’ festival accompanied by the lively sounds of ‘Wonderbrass’.

The project was supported by Environment Wales and Awards for All Wales.

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pembroke dock midsummer festival 2006

Sand Palace Arts was commissioned by the Pembroke Dock Festival committee to create a large processional piece and, working with the local primary school, to create hand-held pieces based on myths and stories surrounding midsummer's day. The project was undertaken in collaboration with writer Anita Flowers from Pater Arts.

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pembroke festival dragon procession 2005

This procession enacted the battle between two dragons, Llud and Llefelys, a battle that takes place in the ancient Welsh stories of the Mabinogion.

Sand Palace Arts worked with local musicians to create a very successful scrap-band. The huge dragons (4 metres + long and needing about 6 people to carry them into battle mode), were surrounded by cohorts of mythical and scary creatures made by children and their parents in Monkton.

The parade began from Monkton estate and swayed and samba’d through the town’s trees and parkland to finish the festival off with a roaring battle, bought to life by members of the Clonmel Youth Training Centre who were over on an exchange from County Tipperary. The dragons and cohorts made spectacular props for the closing gig.

The Artists that worked on the project were: Louise Midgley, Kath Levell, Pip Lewis, Charlotte Cortazzi, Robert Jakes and Josie Coggins.

Sand Palace Arts was successful in applying for and being awarded substantial funding for this project; from the European Union Regional Development Fund and the National Assembly for Wales Local Regeneration Fund delivered through the Pembrokeshire Keyfund.

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clonmel junction festival 2005

In September 2004 links were made with the town of Clonmel, in County Tipperary which resulted in a number of projects in the summer of 2005 including:

- The Magic Fishbowl, by Robert Jakes working in collaboration with Clonmel Youth Training Enterprise and the Clonmel Junction Festival

- the loan and display of Flags by Sand Palace Arts, which were exhibited on the streets of Clonmel during the junction festival

- an Exhibition of paintings by Pip Lewis and Charlotte Cortazzi at the Narrow Space Gallery in Clonmel.

Funding support was provided by Cultural Co-operation And Touring (CCAT), an Interreg IIIa programme designed to develop relationships between cultural practitioners on both sides of the Irish sea and to raise the profile of the arts of Wales and Ireland both at home and internationally.


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