FOR Cardiff and Creative Cardiff join forces to support buddings artists and performers hit hard by the pandemic
Today, in a bid to support the capital’s young creative community, FOR Cardiff in partnership with Creative Cardiff, has launched a campaign calling for emerging creatives to be part of a paid-for project to celebrate the city centre this St. David’s Day.
Applications are open to creatives aged 18-25, to create concepts that ‘tell a story about Cardiff city centre’. Ten successful applicants will be commissioned to develop their concept, ready to reveal to the public in a digital exhibition on March 1.
Open to any artistic sector – painting, song, dance, poetry to name a few – the campaign will champion the variety of talent in Cardiff’s young creative community and support an industry hit hard by Covid-19.
The commissioned artists will each receive £500 to develop their work and will be given three weeks to complete the piece before the digital unveiling.
The campaign follows on from a successful project run by Creative Cardiff last year which saw 14 artists commissioned to tell their story of Cardiff in a digital story wall. This year, the idea has been extended specifically to creatives aged 18-25 to help kickstart careers.
Creative Director of the iconic Butetown Arts and Culture Association, Keith Murrell, who was one of the winning commissioned artists last year will be joining the panel of judges, along with representatives from FOR Cardiff and University of South Wales.
Adrian Field, FOR Cardiff’s Executive Director, said: “Young people in Cardiff have suffered tremendously this year, and particularly those in the creative industry who rely on venues and audiences to get their foot in the door.
“FOR Cardiff is committed to protecting and strengthening culture in our city centre. Cardiff is one of the youngest cities in the UK so it’s incredibly important that we advocate for our aspiring creatives. We cannot think of a better time to celebrate their work than on Wales’ national day.”
Creative Cardiff’s project manager, Vicki Sutton, added, “Following the success of our digital story wall last year we are delighted to get behind FOR Cardiff’s campaign. The level of young talent in the capital is phenomenal and we can’t wait to see what creative concepts come in over the next week and the Cardiff stories that they tell.”
Creatives of all ability (aged 18-25) can submit their concepts to ‘Celebrating Creatives of the Capital’ from 23-29 January. The ten successful creatives will be notified on Tuesday 2 February and will have three weeks to produce their work of art.
The ten commissioned pieces will be revealed on St. David’s Day in a ‘digital exhibition’ celebration across FOR Cardiff’s social media channels.
Creatives can find out more about the ‘Celebrating Creatives of the Capital’ and apply by visiting the FOR Cardiff website: www.forcardiff.com/celebrating-creatives