TEAM is NTW’s approach to engagement.
Through TEAM, we have broken new ground by working inclusively with communities and theatre-makers. By connecting people and creativity within their own localities and landscapes, we reimagine what theatre can be, while creating transformative opportunities and experiences that deepen its impact and value.
In 2018, TEAM embarked on its biggest project to date – one that, over four years, engages the communities of Pembrokeshire and Wrexham in a bespoke programme of empowerment, leadership, creative activism and long-term engagement, leading to a full-scale, co-created NTW production in each location.
- In Wrexham, communities have chosen to explore the theme of homelessness/home.
- In Pembrokeshire, communities were inspired by climate change and the environment.
Our work in Wrexham and Pembrokeshire is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Everywhere we go, we collaborate with, support and champion an ever-growing network of creatives: from theatre makers and artists, to dedicated enthusiasts and local influencers – anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to be a part of our free network.
Head over to our Facebook page for opportunities, events, skill-sharing, invitations, as well as news from NTW TEAM and more. If you’ve got an idea, creative project or event that you want to share or discuss, or if you’re looking for some support from a friendly arts community, just let us know. You can also follow us on Instagram and keep up to date via Twitter #ntwTEAM.
TEAM Panel is a group of inspirational people who work with NTW to support, question and advise us on issues such as recruitment, programming, marketing and training. TEAM Panel forms a central part of our thinking and approach, make decisions with us on the future of NTW, and are our representatives at events and performances.
Our TEAM Panel members are leaders in their communities who create, inspire, perform, teach, write, organise, run projects and give feedback – they are our eyes and ears across Wales. We recruit annually, and are always keen to hear from people based in Wales with a diverse range of skills, knowledge, views, experience and backgrounds to join us. If you are interested, get in touch. You can meet our current Panel below.
Education sits at the heart of TEAM and runs throughout all of our work. This is our way of reaching out to, and engaging with communities throughout Wales, the UK and across the World. We develop specific projects for young people which respond to the Welsh curriculum, and provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn creatively through workshops, networking, idea-sharing events, talks and discussions.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. Its mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. PHF have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.
National Theatre Wales’ TEAM programme has been awarded £400,000 of funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF), one of the UK’s largest independent funders. The grant will support the next, four-year phase of the NTW TEAM’s work, in Pembrokeshire and Wrexham.
TEAM is NTW’s worldwide, diverse network of people who collaborate with the company, create work in their communities, give feedback about NTW work and inform its decisions.
PHF has approved a £400,000 ‘More and Better’ grant from its Arts Access and Participation Fund, to be allocated to NTW TEAM over four years.
Focusing on two areas in Wales – Wrexham and Pembrokeshire – NTW TEAM will use the grant and their expertise to engage both communities in a bespoke programme of empowerment, leadership, creative activism and intensive long-term engagement. Above all, the intention is to enable those communities to decide on their own course of action, as determined by their own needs and ambitions.
It will close with an NTW theatre production in each area, in 2021 and 2022, created in collaboration with the community.
Announcing the grant, National Theatre Wales’ Head of Collaboration Devinda De Silva said: “I am thrilled and very grateful to Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their continued belief in our work, as it will ensure that Wales continues to lead the way in the field of arts engagement. We feel there’s a real urgency to develop new approaches, partnerships and the next generation of leaders, and this grant will be a huge boost to our efforts.”
Ushi Bagga, Senior Grants Manager at Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “The arts play an important role in enriching lives and we hope that this grant will enable NTW TEAM to continue to transform individuals and communities in Wales. PHF’s long-term support of this programme has helped grow and enhance our own knowledge and understanding of engagement in the arts. We look forward to continuing to learn from NTW TEAM over the next four years as it adopts new ways of working that focus on giving power and agency to communities in Wrexham and Pembrokeshire.”
Read Devinda de Silva’s blog post on the value of long-term funding for the TEAM programme.