Creative Economy and Community Regeneration

Date 02 December 2015
Time16.15 - 19.20
OrganiserRSCW, CREW & RTPI
Phone029 2049 8215
Venue The Factory, Porth

The Creative Economy is vitally and increasingly important to the processes of economic, social and environmental regeneration in Wales. This is particularly the case at the local community level, where creative industry can be a catalyst for wider community cohesion; a basis for greater engagement and confidence building through education and training; and securing access into economic activity and jobs.

In joint partnership with others, the Regeneration Skills Collective Wales has sought to examine how the “creative sector” can contribute to regeneration through discussion and engagement with practitioners. This particular event will focus on the ways in which communities can meet economic, social and environmental challenges through creative industry activities at the local level. In this context, it will look at the experience of different organizations in the South Wales.

Valleys Creative Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, incorporated in 2012, is the social enterprise trading arm of Valleys Kids that covenants profits back to the parent organisation. It has it’s own board of directors who are responsible for overseeing the management of all the affairs of Valleys Creative. They are subject to fixed-term appointments and election or re-election according to procedures set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association. The day-to-day management of Valleys Creative is devolved to a senior member of Valleys Kids’ staff. Valleys Creative Ltd is led by Elise Stewart, and is based at The Factory building in Porth, the original home to Corona pop. It actively supports the development of a cultural hub with digital ability for the creative industries, with hot-desk, office and conference spaces, rentable art spaces, meeting rooms and venue hire for events and conferences; as well as recently opened Attic Art Gallery and functioning art studio.

An optional guided tour of The Factory is available prior to the seminar. The seminar will be led by a presentation by Elise Stewart, who will outline the activities of Valley Kids and Valleys Creative Ltd. in relation to their communities and people. This will be followed by short contributions from practitioners in creative industry / economy and the community regeneration sectors. Representatives from Bron Afon Housing; Indycube; and Time Banking Wales are anticipated. It will then be opened out to all attending to contribute their experiences and participate in a wider discussion. The overall objective will be to ensure that community regeneration isn’t ignored in the current growth of the creative economy in Wales.




16.15 – 17.00 Tour of The Factory Hub. Please indicate in your registration if you wish to join the tour.

17.00 Registration for the seminar / discussion, with tea and coffee.

17.15 Introduction

17.20 Valleys Creative Ltd: Addressing community regeneration issues – Elise Stewart, Valleys Creative Ltd.

17.50 Responses by practitioners from creative economy & community regeneration sectors, with an outline of their experiences, led by
Barbara Castle, former director of Community investment and Involvement, Bron Afon Community Housing

18.20 Practitioner contributions and Panel discussion.

19.20 Close


This event is free of charge, but contributions towards coffee and tea would be appreciated.

Regeneration Skills Collective Wales wishes to thank Valleys Kids and Valleys Creative Ltd. for providing the premises and organisational support for this event; and RTPI Cymru for providing administrative assistance



RSCW is a network of six member professional institutions (CIH Cymru; ICE Wales-Cymru; LIW; RICS Wales; RSAW; and RTPI Cymru) which was esablished 11 years ago to support the delivery of integrated and sustainable regeneration in Wales. It supported the establishment of the Centre for Regeneration Excellence in Wales (CREW)

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