Artists and creatives from across south Wales have come together to produce an interactive digital story map.
The Our Creative Place project covers the local authority areas within the Cardiff Capital Region, which includes Caerphilly County Borough.
What is the Cardiff Capital Region?
The Cardiff Capital Region is made up of a number of local authorities in south Wales, including Caerphilly County Borough, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Newport, Monmouthshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan.
This area has around 1.5m people – roughly half of Wales’ population.
The Cardiff Capital Region City Deal aims to bring investment to the area to boost the local economy.
Creative Cardiff – an arts group set up by the Wales Millennium Centre, BBC Cymru Wales and Cardiff Council – is behind the map, alongside the Arts Council of Wales and 11 freelance creatives who have been commissioned to work on the project.
The story map includes a variety of short films, covering a range of themes such as the past and future, myths, identity and our local communities.
Vicki Sutton, project manager at Creative Cardiff, said: “The depth and honesty of their stories is hugely inspiring and demonstrates to me how richly creative our region is.
“Through the process many of the creatives forged or strengthened connections with each other at our online workshop sessions – helping out with supplies, ideas and motivation – and for Creative Cardiff those connections and collaborations are just as important as the final storymap. We’re looking forward to building upon this placemaking work in the future.”
Professor Jon Anderson, from Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning, said: “Through their combination of imagination, creativity, and geography these works story us into the lives of others – and story others into our lives too.
“They remind us of the diversity that constitutes our communities, the different ages, genders, the various pasts and presents, all with a range of values and ideals which compose our region.”
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