The 9to90 Creative Community initiative was devised to reach creative’s that might not even know they ARE creative! The challenge was set by Fusion Swansea for GS Artists to devise a project especially for those that wouldn’t normally visit a gallery. The aim was to create an exhibition with a similar standard that we maintained as a professional gallery. Community art is so often marginalised, in venues with bad lighting, or not displayed well.

So 9to90 was born, the idea based on popular tv talent show formats.  An open submission, free to enter competition with lots of categories, so that everyone could feel part of it.  We exhibit all the works entered, to make it as inclusive as possible, we have 3 age groups with 2 prizes per group. The judges are carefully picked, experts in their field and well known in the local community. The categories are; Painting, Drawing, Craft, Prose and Poetry, Photography, and a very special ‘Paint a Portrait Category’ in 2018 it was Peter Blake, and in in 2019 it was Michael Sheen. 2020 see’s Rob Brydon as subject, to be judged by his parents.

All of the categories have been explored in workshops, which gives the opportunity to explore making artworks to enter into the open submission show. During this intense period we have taken all the workshops online, and creativity has been flourishing.

 

Works have been displayed so far.

Participants have been reached through an extensive sharing of inforamtion.

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Entries created through our workshops with free materials and tuition.

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Have never been to a gallery let alone exhibited at one

The organisations involved in 9to90 over the last 2 years have included Dylan Thomas Community School, Ffynnone House School , St Helen’s Primary School, Gower College, Lifelong Art Class, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Crisis Swansea, Gowerton Primary, Sew Swansea, and Swansea Community Workshop, and we are so grateful for all of their enthusiasm and support.

Follow the 9to90 Creative Community Blog for more details, and our Facebook Page for updates.