About the project
Located Residencies are at the centre of NTW’s Creative Development programme. Throughout 2020, eight artists selected in an open call – from designers to poets to artist-activists – are developing early-stage performance projects on location across Wales, with NTW’s Emerging Producers, Chantal Williams and Shane Nickels.
From the rhythms of Welsh protest movements to the future sustainability of the Wales Coast Path, the Located Residencies explore urgent questions about Wales and our changing world in visionary ways.
The (Future) Wales Coast Path
The (Future) Wales Coast Path responds to the urgent threat of sea level rise. Wales is shrinking and it’s hard to imagine our seaside communities and even our capital reduced to myth.
Alison, a scenographer and theatre-maker from Newport who took part in 2019’s Egin residency with NTW, will walk the route of the predicted future coastline between Chepstow and Newport. The intention is to bring the flood maps to life, to help audiences physicalise the enormity of what we are facing, through walking.
Against the backdrop of a major redevelopment project in the heart of Pontypridd, The Bridge seeks to re-connect the town’s residents, local organisations, businesses and community groups.
The people of the town will be invited to share their own off-the-beaten-track places of significance, which Becky and her collaborators will map, re-animating these spaces through multi-sensory exploration, visual arts and performance.
Women (of Colour) and Nature
Women (of Colour) and Nature explores the ways in which we define and create our identities within nature, and the safe spaces we seek out in an increasingly unsafe world. This project will add perspectives of women of colour to an often explored topic.
Durre will also explore how nature embeds in us a sense of home, particularly for those from migrant backgrounds. The project will culminate in a short public performance and a digital recording.
Datod/Datgloi (Unravel/Unlock) explores the intersection of several historical threads: the history of Welsh wool transported to colonies in the 17th and 18th century to clothe slaves; a moment of sustainable utopia in early 20th century Welsh textile production; and today’s extractive modern textile and garment industry.
Emily Laurens, who took part in 2019’s Egin residency with NTW, will work with a group of collaborators and the National Wool Museum to interrogate these ideas with a practice-driven and decolonising mindset. In re-examining these histories, the artists will unpick the forces of colonialism, ecocide, racism, sexism and capitalist power.
Decolonising Faith: Rituals For an Emancipated Futures
“Without inner change there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” – Angel Kyodo Williams.
This project seeks to reframe what our diverse spiritual traditions might tell us about how to address the roots of our present state of crisis. If institutional religion has largely served to deepen colonial and patriarchal frames of control, what does it mean to ‘decolonise’ faith? What is the relationship of this to culture and the radical imagination? What might unfold if we radically approach the stories, metaphors, parables, allegories, and rituals of our religious and spiritual texts – as artists and performers?
Of the Earth
Of the Earth questions how we might preserve a sense of positive Welsh identity as we progress to more ecologically sustainable modes of living.
As a spoken word artist, particularly of interest to Natasha are the rhythm and rhetoric of protest movements. Her project draws associations between the UK Miners’ Strikes of 1984-1985 and today’s Global Climate Strikes.
Back to the Land
Back to the Land explores community farming in Pembrokeshire, creating a deep map of people’s relationships to the landscape through creative writing. Gathering words and sounds from participants, the collaborators of Back to the Land will narrate how people form connections with the natural world, when for many in our Western cultures this connection has never been weaker. These stories will add to discussions about the environment and our place in it.
Phil is a musician and writer who spends his time in Pembrokeshire and Cardiff.
This project takes inspiration from the work of queer anti-fascist writer Federico Garcia Lorca, to explore relationships between women in a Welsh-Pakistani family. This work unpacks questions of morality, language, gender, colonialism and community resistance in today’s Wales.
Yasmin Begum is an activist and artist born and raised in Cardiff, and will be collaborating with artist and writer Laolu Alatise and playwright Saqib Deshmukh.