NAWR launches their website

NAWR, the Arts & Education network for Mid and West Wales, launches their bilingual website today.

The website is a resource available to support teachers, artists and arts organisations. It includes  an active database of Welsh Artists, cultural events and opportunities across the Mid and West Wales (ERW) region. You can now sign up to the network via the website, accessing information about professional learning opportunities related to exciting ways of delivering Creative Learning and Expressive Arts in schools for children from 3 to 16.

You can find the website at: www.nawr.cymru

NAWR is one of four regional networks, funded by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales; it is a collaborative partnership between University of Wales Trinity Saint David and ERW regional consortium. The Network seeks to generate confidence and creativity in teachers, learners and arts practitioners through inclusive, collaborative, process-driven, arts-based projects and professional learning opportunities. Our reach stretches over the ERW educational consortia (Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Ceredigion), while being rooted in UWTSD’s Swansea campuses.

The Network is based on a shared commitment to the provision of fertile creative learning environments for all children in school, now and into the future. We have a particular focus on the application and value of Expressive Arts across the curriculum. Our professional learning programmes include practical workshops, digital engagement of shared effective practice, peer-led knowledge transfer, resource production and dissemination which reaches a local, national and international audience.

The network acts collaboratively across Mid and West Wales to strengthen the provision and activity of cultural organisations as they relate to schools. Situated within UWTSD’s faculties of Education and Communities, and Art and Design, a collaborative approach to professional knowledge transfer and expert research enables NAWR to deliver high quality material with a long-lasting impact. NAWR also has dedicated programme of impact assessment to support sustainability, legacy and an ongoing audit of need across the regions.

“Research and studies from the UK and Ireland highlight the vital role of culture and creativity in providing a more rounded overall education that develops creative and entrepreneurial qualities, confidence and wider skill sets in the learner”
Professor Dai Smith, September 2013

For further information contact Rhian Jones, Executive Project Officer
rhian.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk 07375 540 503

Article submitted by: NAWR

Local Authorites Swansea-Abertawe Neath Port Talbot - Castell Nedd Port-Talbot Ceredigion Carmarthenshire - Sir Gaerfyrddin Pembrokeshire-Sir Benfro Powys

ERW is an alliance of 6 local authorities governed by a legally constituted joint committee. Its aim is to implement the agreed regional strategy and business plan to support school improvement.