Creative Collaborations

The St Helen’s Road/Sandfields area hosts Swansea’s most culturally diverse community. Residents include generations of Welsh families and a local school where children speak over 20 languages.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Swansea’s ‘city’ status and as a collective of artists, educational and community partners we seized this opportunity to explore and celebrate the rich cultural heritage and diverse communities at the heart of Swansea.

Through discussions with the pupils of St Helen’s Primary, the children decided that the best way to share a 50-year exhibition with the community would be through their artwork and a neighbourhood street party.Working with local cultural partners, we will helped facilitate the creation and delivery of a creative arts programme, supporting pupils to explore and respond to their local heritage as well as looking forward to the next 50 years to consider what kind of city they hope to create.

The project enabled the school to celebrate their cultural diversity and assisted the children to define themselves and their families as an integral and valued part of the city’s context: past, present and future.