New arts centre, Canolfan Morgannwg, opens in Swansea’s High St
Great news for artists, shoppers and community groups. A new and exciting community arts centre, Canolfan Morgannwg, launches on April 27th in Swansea’s rapidly changing High Street. The fully accessible art space, run by “On a shoestring” will offer a range of services, including a variety of rooms providing spaces for people to use for their community groups or events.
There will also be plenty on offer for both creatives and shoppers. Director of “on a shoestring” Geraint Couch said:
We aim to offer creative courses to hundreds of Swansea residents in the coming few months.”
Located at 32- 36, High Street in the centre of Swansea, Canolfan Morgannwg will be throwing its doors open for the first time on the 1st of June.
The opening events come thick and fast with according to Geraint;
a paint making workshop led by the amazing Sue Mann. We are then having a welcome reprise of our Snip with Pip event, one which packed our Sketty shop and proved to be very popular.”
Canolfan Morgannwg will also be holding the first of it’s regular makers markets directly outside the building, starting on Saturday 3rd June between 1.00pm and 6.00pm. Geraint tells Swansea News Network
a selection of local artists will be manning the pumps to provide us with some delightful locally made artisan items. Designed to give an opportunity to local makers and artisan crafters, our regular markets will take place under cover in our specially dadapted, repurposed and recycled marquee.”
The building has three flexible hire spaces for groups, two discipline aligned rooms and studios for those who are involved in the project. Geraint added;
Our aim is to spread the creative vibe that is happening on the High Street across the whole of the City.”
The new space is the result of the resounding success of a shop called “on a shoestring” run by a community interest company of the same name. Geraint Couch is the Director. He decided to open the earlier shop venture back in mid-2016, having returned unexpectedly to Swansea from abroad.
Many of you may have already visited or noticed, the “on a shoestring” shop in Sketty, which has rapidly grown in popularity, having only been open for around 9 months. The shop at 96, Gower Road, situated almost opposite to the similarly well-known Square Peg Cafe, in the centre of Sketty, was the result of Geraint’s passion for two seemingly different passions. As well; as being creative himself, Geraint developed an expertise in selling teas whilst living abroad and appreciated that there was considerable demand for local artists in and around the city to showcase their work. Geraint set about combining both his interests in teas and art in one “hub” in Swansea. He decided to open an affordable art shop and space that offered small and intimate classes and one-off events coupled with perhaps the best selection of loose leaf teas in South Wales.
After great success all summer serving the residents of Sketty, he rapidly made some brilliant connections with the Swansea community, particularly with those with a desire for a creative outlet.
Geraint Couch said:
After securing our little shop in Sketty we soon found a massive demand for place where people can share and learn new skills.”
The message came loud and clear from the community that there was a considerable need for an affordable and accessible space to provide a range of services. Having successfully searched for larger and longer term premises “on a shoestring” is now launching in Swansea’s High Street. Be sure to check out On a shoe string’s new art centre Canolfan Morgannwg and book a course or shop till you drop!
For more details visit Canolfan Morgannwg – Facebook. Also see poster below.
Geraint Couch, Director – On a shoestringCanolfan Morgannwg
32 – 36, High Street,Swansea
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