Cartref Creative held its first event on Wednesday the 24th of January at the Urban Kitchen in Swansea. Cartref Creative is a new network for creatives that was born out of conversations at the 4theRegion conference in 2023.
The network is a home for creatives that aims to create spaces – both digital and physical – where creatives across the region can meet, socialise, learn and collaborate. It was founded by digital creator James Dovey, graphic designer Alice Jones, writer and producer Roger Williams, filmmaker James Owen of Stori, creative problem solver Lee Bazalgette and director of Waters Creative, Rachael Wheatley.
The team have wrestled with how a network for creatives across west Wales should operate and have designed Cartref Creative to be a movement that will evolve to meet the needs and desires of the creative community over time.
Cartref Creative is run by creatives. This is one of the principles that makes Cartref Creative different. Creatives will set the agenda and realise the initiatives. Live events will happen in different locations across west Wales and across creative disciplines.
The digital platform will offer a place for individuals to promote their work and there will be a library of resources to inspire and educate.
At the Urban Kitchen event, three creative leaders from west Wales spoke about their experience of running a creative initiative. Richard Davies of Parthian Books, Brigid Loizou of art gallery Studio Cennen in Llandeilo, and Alun Jones of the digital agency Libera, shared the story of how they started and grew their operations and spoke of the challenges and opportunities of running their businesses in west Wales.
The event was sponsored by Sky Ad Smart, and Peter Roberts and Huw Potter spoke of how their operation works and how creatives might be able to work in partnership with them to create content for advertisers.
The Cartref Creative team invite creatives living in south-west Wales to sign up to the mailing list by going to www.cartrefcreative.cymru and would like to invite individuals interested in becoming an organiser of events to get in touch.
Rhwydwaith i bobl greadigol sy’n byw yn ne orllewin Cymru yw Cartref Creative. Bydd y grwp yn creu gofodau – digidol a go iawn – ar gyfer crewyr sydd eisiau cyfarfod, cymdeithasu, dysgu a chydweithio. Bydd y platfform digidol yn safle we sy’n hyrwyddo gwaith yr aelodau ac yn cyhoeddi adnoddau addysgol ac ysbrydoledig.
Yn y digwyddiad byw cyntaf yn Abertawe ym mis Ionawr buodd y cyhoeddwr Richard Davies o Parthian Books, Brigid Loizou o Studio Cennen yn Llandeilo ac Alun Jones o’r asiantaeth ddigidol Libera yn trafod eu busnesau a’r heriau sy’n eu hwynebu nhw. Noddwyd y digwyddiad gan Sky Ad Smart.
Mae Cartref Creative yn awyddus i drefnu digwyddiadau yn y Gymraeg. Os hoffech ymuno â ni yn y daith ewch at www.cartrefcreative.cymru