L♥VE OUR HILLFORT! LOGO COMPETITION

The Wandsworth Shield, Iron Age Shield boss, La Tène style, circa 2nd Century BC, British Museum.

A fun competition that the whole family can get involved in over the summer holidays!

We need a striking and effective logo to show the world how much we LOVE our Hillfort!

Our Love Our Hillfort logo needs to be designed around a strong and easy to recognise emblem that we can use across all media to promote our work, help us stand out – and be noticed!

We need YOUR creativity and ideas to help us! All entries will be placed into a competition for a personal 2 hour VIP guided tour of Caerau Hillfort with a chance to meet the project’s archaeologists and artists, experience unique archaeological finds hands-on and find out about our plans for the future with FREE cake, tea & coffee!   

When designing your logo think about:

A) Visibility: Is it easy to recognise? Will the logo work at a small size and be visible at a distance?

B) Meaningfulness: does the logo say (communicate) something positive about Caerau Hillfort?

Think about the origins of famous and easy to recognise logos e.g.

… The McDonalds logo references the golden arches from the 1950s restaurant building – joined to make an M …

… The Nike logo is a ‘swoosh’ – indicating speed …

… The Apple logo represents Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree etc.

C) Style! Is it cool? Does the logo look good, has it got … class?

For inspiration either:

A) Visit Caerau Hillfort!

B) Check out the CAER Heritage Project: Learning pages on our website …

C) Watch one of our amazing films: e.g. CAER HEDZ and lots more from our archives

D) Pick up a Hidden Hillfort leaflet from Our Place Dusty Forge, 460 Cowbridge Rd W, Cardiff CF5 5BZ … or download the CAER Colouring Book which features some great designs developed with our partner schools …

E) Check out Iron Age Celtic Art on Wikipedia – the picture of the shield above is a great example.

Please send sketches to Kimberleyj@aceplace.org – mark your e-mail ‘Love Our Hillfort’.

The chosen sketch will be digitally recreated by our professional graphic designer.

We will be sharing images of the best sketches over the next few weeks via social media:

Twitter: @CAERHeritage

Instagram: #caerheritagehiddenhillfort

Facebook: CAER Studio @CAERBC

NB Competition closing date September 30th 2019. Competition entries will be judged on the basis of the three criteria outlined above by a panel of local residents and CAER Heritage project artists/representatives.

The History Path

The History Path Mural (detail) Trelai Youth Centre, Ely, Cardiff. Photo © Vivian Paul Thomas

You don’t know history until it’s gone …

Sue Hamblin

In Summer 2018 CAER Studio was approached by Cardiff City Council to record the ‘History Path’ mural created in 2007 by young people from Trelai Youth Centre and Cardiff-based graffiti collective Illustrate Project. Initally the idea was simply to capture a photographic record of the mural which, at the time, was threatened with being lost beneath a new coat of paint!

The mural has now been safely documented – to his usual exceptional standards – by local fimmaker/photographer Viv Thomas, but discussions amongst the CAER Studio team suggested that something new, creative, and powerful could be brought into existence using the mural as inspiration.

So we approached local poet Sue Hamblin and were absolutely delighted when she accepted our commision to write a poem about the mural. We then asked Viv Thomas to film Sue performing the poem, which he did in the Community Garden at Our Place, Dusty Forge – this wonderful film can be seen via the YouTube link below.

We’ll leave you with some thoughts by Hidden Hillfort Director Dave Wyatt, written a few days ago, at the close of 2019’s community dig:

As this year’s dig comes to a close, here is an amazing performance by local poet Sue Hamlin of a poem she penned about the history mural at Trelai Youth Centre (pictured). But it’s about much more, it’s about the awesome community spirit of Ely and Caerau, the talented young people and incredibly rich heritage… lovingly filmed by the ever mighty Viv… please watch, enjoy and share!

The YouTube link is here

Sue Hamblin reading her poem ‘The History Path’ at the launch of the HLF CAER Heritage Hidden Project, July 2019. Photo © Vivian Paul Thomas

CAER Heritage Hidden Hillfort at the Urdd National Eisteddfod

A young visitor ‘makes a find’ at the 2019 Urdd National Eisteddfod. Photo © Nicola Parsons

Cardiff Bay was the venue of the 2019 Urdd National Eisteddfod. On May 28th, the CAER Heritage Hidden Hillfort team were fortunate enough to be invited to have a stall, within the Cardiff University tent, in the Roald Dahl Plass. The CAER team, consisting of university staff and students, ACE staff and volunteers arrived bright and early to set up, but already The Maes was buzzing with activity and visitors.

Although I am born and bred in Wales, this was my first experience of an Eisteddfod, and I was amazed at the sheer number of visitors and the vibrant atmosphere.

It was very quickly all hands on deck for us. We set up our stall, and were immediately welcoming people, eager to engage and find out more about the project. We knew we would have to be prepared for all age groups, so whilst it was sufficient to chat to adults, and let them handle the artefacts, we also knew we would need something easy, interesting, and most importantly, messy, for the children. Luckily, one of our CAER Studio artists, Nicola, who is a mum of young children herself, arrived, armed with a big plastic tub, filled with soil from her garden and complete with live earthworm for authenticity! In the mud, she had buried various items for children to ‘excavate’, including a pot she had broken up and buried, ready for the children to discover and rebuild.

The activity proved incredibly popular, and its success has ensured that it is an activity we will be using at future engagements. Throughout the day, we successfully engaged with many dozens of people, both local and from further afield. It was a real pleasure to be able to spread the story of our local treasure, our hill fort, which by the end of the day was a little less ‘hidden.’

Helen McCarthy, June 2019

The CAER Mosaics at Cardiff West Community High School

CAER Mosaics at Cardiff West Community High School

On Tuesday 19th February CAER Studio lead artist Paul Evans, along with staff from Willmott Dixon, installed 60 individual mosaics into the Cardiff West Community High School (CWCH) new build school on Penally Road, Ely.

Working with mosaic artist Andrew Heath and CAER Studio artists Becci Booker and Imogen Higgins, pupils from Hywel Dda, Trelai, Pencaerau and Millbank primary schools – along with two groups of young people from Cardiff West Community High school – created these individual pieces at CWCH on Michaelston Road over three days in November 2018. The mosaics are all informed by a personal understanding of heritage – some of the young people decided to use the examples of Iron Age art that they were provided with as inspiration, some chose to draw on personal memories and references including family heirlooms and figures from the past. The outline of Caerau hillfort is represented as a negative space in the centre of the arrangement, the choice of mosaic as a medium is informed by the fact that a Roman villa lies beneath Trelai Fields, overlooked by the new school.

This visually stunning installation represents not only the 60 young artists who took part (many of whom will be heading to the new school when it opens) but the community as a whole and the exemplary partnership working that has led to the creation of this extraordinary building.

We hope that the installation will serve as a constant reminder to pupils and staff of the outstanding heritage of Caerau and Ely – a vibrant, living legacy that will be present in the mind each and every day.

 

CAER Studio November Review

CAER Studio Christmas Market Stall featuring CAER Times, ceramics by Dylan Sutton and lino-cut prints by residents of Caerau and Ely. Photo by Nicola Parsons.

November was another exceptionally busy and productive month for CAER Studio with a number of fresh creative workshops for local young people and our fantastic Christmas Market Stall in central Cardiff – read on to find out more!

Iron Age illustration workshop at Coed y Goff with Mark Alexander and Nicola Parsons. Photo by Nicola Parsons.

Illustration workshops with Mark Alexander and Nicola Parsons

November got off to a great start with a series of fantastic illustration workshops with illustrator Mark Alexander and CAER Studio artist Nicola Parsons. Mark and Nicola worked with Coed Y Goff Primary school and a separate group of young people facing mental health challenges.

During these workshops our young artists made drawings based on iconic Iron Age imagery and designed a lively ‘Iron Age Alphabet’ – further developing a theme that we originally trialled at the Hidden Hillfort Ideas Jam at Cardiff West Community High School (see July Review).

Cob ‘Roundhouses’ by pupils from Coed Y Goff. Photo by Becci Booker.

Cob ‘Roundhouses’

In mid-November CAER Studio artists Becci Booker and Imogen Higgins led this great little ‘messy-play’ workshop with Year 3 pupils from Coed Y Goff primary school. Using cob – a natural building material made from a mixture of clay, earth and straw – the young artists modelled engaging little sculptures based on our iconic ’roundhouse’ theme. The huts even had a realistic topping of straw!

We were very lucky to have beautiful bluebird skies on the day of the workshop, which allowed Becci to take this fantastic picture of the children’s roundhouses.

‘Roundhouses for Bees and Bugs’ by Dylan Sutton – on display at the CAER Studio Christmas Market Stall.

The CAER Studio Christmas Market Stall

On 20th November the CAER Studio Christmas Market Stall opened to the public. On sale was our full range of CAER Studio products – brainstormed, designed and developed over the course of the year. This included our artists commissions: charming soft axes by Becci Booker, powerful ceramic pieces by Imogen Higgins and Dylan Sutton and the beautiful ‘Iron Age Weave’ by Nicola Parsons.

Also on sale were a fantastic selection of lino-cut prints created by local people during our workshop with guest artist John Abell, ‘Iron Age’ finger puppets, terracotta ‘Roundhouses for Bees and Bugs’ by Dylan Sutton, and some charming little ‘Roundhouse Tea Lights’.

Along with CAER Studio artists the stall was manned by ACE staff, Cardiff University historians and community/university volunteers who gave out FREE copies of our special publication CAER Times – and engaged visitors in lively discussions about the amazingly rich archaeological and historical heritage of Caerau and Ely.

The stall was open for 5 days and during that time we had an astonishing response – over 230 people visited and we sold over £130 worth of stock!

Many thanks to our Cardiff University volunteers Stella and Kaitlin, community volunteers Helen, Frankie and Chantelle and ACE staff Caroline, Stacie and Dave for manning the stall and helping to make this such a huge success.

A small selection of the 60 mosaics created in our workshops at Cardiff West Community High School.

Mosaics Workshops at Cardiff West Community High School

We finished November on a very colourful note with a series of 6 mosaics workshops at Cardiff West Community High School.

Working with mosaic artist Andrew Heath and CAER Studio artists Becci Booker and Imogen Higgins, pupils from Hywel Dda, Trelai, Pencaerau and Millbank primary schools – along with two groups of young people from Cardiff West Community High school – created individual pieces informed by their understanding of heritage. Some of the young people decided to use the examples of Iron Age art that they were provided with as inspiration, some chose to draw on personal memories and references including family heirlooms and figures from the past.

The workshops resulted in 60 individual small mosaics that will be installed in the new build school at the site of Glyn Derw High School, Ely in February 2019. This visually stunning installation will represent not only the 60 young artists who took part (many of whom will be heading to the new school when it opens) but the community as a whole and the exemplary partnership working that has led to the creation of this extraordinary building.

We hope that the installation will serve as a constant reminder to pupils and staff of the outstanding heritage of Caerau and Ely – a vibrant, living legacy that will be present in the mind each and every day.

 

 

CAER Studio October Review: Part 2

October has been an exceptionally busy and productive month for CAER studio – so much so in fact that we’ve had to spread this review across two blog posts! Here’s the second of these, which covers the CAER Art Prize exhibition (part of Youth Voice at St Fagans) and several workshops that took place between 27th and 31st of October.

If you missed the first post then you can catch up here!

Eve Callard, winner of the CAER Art Prize with Rt Hon Lord Daffyd Elis-Thomas AM at Youth Voice, St Fagans.

27th October: CAER Studio Art at Youth Voice

All 12 entries to the CAER Art Prize were displayed at St Fagans National Museum of History | National Museum Wales as part of the fantastic Youth Voice event. Eve Callard, winner of first prize, helped CAER Studio Director Paul Evans and the artist John Abell to curate the show, directing the final stages of hanging the exhibition. Eve also attended the event on Saturday 27th October where she received lots of praise for her winning painting and met Minister for Culture Dafydd Elis-Thomas. The Youth Voice event was co-curated and delivered by young people, working with cultural bodies including Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, Arts Council Wales, Cadw, Literature Wales and others. Youth Voice movingly demonstrated the powerful impact that actively designing and participating in cultural and heritage events, exhibitions, and projects can have.

Further information on the CAER Art Prize (including a full list of winners) can be found here and here.

Shadow puppet making workshop at Dusty Forge – puppet created by Charlotte Taylor.

30th October: Shadow Puppet Workshop at Our Place: Dusty Forge

Led by CAER Studio guest artist Charlotte Taylor, young people visiting Our Place: Dusty Forge created scenery and characters to feature in our forthcoming film ‘Hidden: A Puppet Guide to Caerau Hill Fort’. The shadow puppet scenes will undergo further development with participants from People’s First group and regulars at the Monday morning art sessions at Our Place: Dusty Forge over the next few weeks.

Creating artefact-inspired jewellery at Cardiff Story Museum.

31st October: Halloween Happening at Cardiff Story Museum

CAER Studio artists Nicola Parsons and Imogen Higgins worked with visitors to the Cardiff Story Museum, creating archaeologically inspired jewellery in air-dried clay. Their work drew inspiration from a display of locally discovered artefacts – dating from the Bronze Age, Iron Age and the period of Roman occupation – that have been chosen and curated by students from The Hidden Histories of Caerau and Ely, a free course run by Cardiff University’s Live Local Learn Local programme in collaboration with the CAER Heritage Project.

 

CAER Studio October Review: Part 1

An entire clan of ‘Iron Age’ finger puppets!

October has been an exceptionally busy and productive month for CAER studio – so much so that we’ve had to spread this review across two blog posts! Here’s the first post, which covers several workshops devised and led by CAER Studio artists between 8th and 21st of October.

The second post will follow soon so please stay tuned

Iron Age weaving at Pencaerau Primary School.

October 8th & 18th: Iron Age Weaves at Pencaerau Primary School

CAER Studio artists Nicola Parsons and Becci Holmes led a fantastic workshop with the Pencaerau Primary School parent group in which participants were led on a journey of discovery into Iron Age spinning, felting and weaving. Participants created their own beautiful weaves using traditional methods, fibres and natural dyes including woad!

October 8th: Finger Puppet Character Workshop at Our Place: Dusty Forge 

Becci Holmes also led a wonderfully imaginative workshop with regular participants from the ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely) Arts Group, creating incredibly cute ‘Iron Age’ finger puppet characters.

CAER Studio Linocut Print Workshop – work in progress at Made in Roath.

October 21st: Linocut Print Workshop at Made in Roath

On October 21st CAER Studio went on tour to faraway Roath Park!

CAER Studio artists Becci Holmes and Imogen Higgins were joined by special guest artist John Abell, collaborating on a lino-cut printing workshop based on heritage themes and patterns from Caerau and Ely’s extraordinarily rich past. John Abell is an artist and print maker who grew up in Caerau and Ely and who has since become an artist of national repute. He was runner-up for Welsh Artist of the Year in 2013 and his work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions and represented in important private collections in Wales, England and the USA.

John also led a fantastic workshop with the ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely) Arts Group – he was extremely impressed with the creativity and talents of the artists who participated. It has been a real privilege to have John involved in our project!

Special guest artist John Abell busy at work with the ACE Monday Art Group at Our Place: Dusty Forge