Artists, community groups and politicians will gather to launch ChARTism on the Hill; a new ‘democracy trail’ on the route the Chartists walked on 4th November 1839
ChARTism on the Hill, a project commissioned and managed by Newport Live, and co-funded by the Chartist Commission and the Heritage Lottery Fund, will officially launch at St Woolos Cathedral at 9.30am on Friday 19th May 2017.
Members of the public are invited to come along to the event and join the trail down Stow Hill to see the project’s artworks, before the unveiling of The Chartist Milestone outside the Westgate Hotel in Newport city centre at 11am.
As part of the project, artists Dylan Moore, Ned Heywood, Julia Land, Parry&Glynn and George Gumisiriza worked with schools and community groups to generate ideas and create artworks inspired by the story of the Newport Rising.
One of the projects, ‘What they were about, we are about’, will feature many hundreds of clay shoes that have been created by schoolchildren and members of community groups, and can be viewed inside the cathedral. Other artworks on the trail also take the theme of footwear and walking, as the project is titled ‘In Their Footsteps: Loss and Contribution’, seeking to explore the steps taken toward greater democracy today as well as in the past.
Outside Bethel Community Church, attendees will be able to view a pair of ‘open sandals’. Designed by refugees who have fled persecution by undemocratic regimes elsewhere in the world today, the sandals have been created by Elin Hughes of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s School of Art and Design. Near St Woolos Primary School, ceramic wall tiles will be unveiled and the entire route is marked by footsteps lightly carved into the paving slabs by Knighton-based stonemason Will O’Leary.
Other works include two collaborations between ceramicist Ned Heywood and illustrator Chris Glynn: Chartist Boots and a replica of shoes belonging to Lady Rhondda, the famed campaigner for women’s suffrage who lived near Newport and was jailed for planting explosives in a post box on Risca Road.
The artworks will be celebrated with a range of performances from local school pupils who contributed to the project, as well as representatives from Our Chartist Heritage and other community groups that have been involved in generating ideas toward the final artwork trail.
Newport Rising: Documentary and App to tell the story of the Newport Uprising and Chartism
Another Chartism-themed project has seen University of the West of England Film students Gareth Croft and Hannah-Jane Churchman develop a Chartist-inspired online documentary and mobile phone App. The mobile project, which is partly funded through Newport Live, will allow users to listen to the story of the Newport Uprising while walking around the city centre.
The online documentary will be live at newportrising.com from Saturday 13th May, and will tell the story of the Newport Uprising with content created by both the University students and local schools and community groups.
The students will be in the pop-up area of Newport Market from 10:30am – 5pm on Saturday 13th May, where they will be displaying their project and asking members of the public to give important feedback for its future development.
For more information about Newport Live community arts projects, visit newportlive.co.uk, facebook.com/NewportLiveCreatives or @PortCreatives on Twitter.