We are proud to announce that we will be launching our soon to be touring interactive exhibition at a very special Strictly Cinema event showing the classic film about the Welsh mines called The Proud Valley taking place Wednesday 29th of March 11am – 2:30pm at Maesteg Town Hall. Tickets will sell fast, so book now!
Not only will you be able to have a sneak preview of our exhibition, watch a great movie, but you will also get to hear our own band The Shed Heads perform a ‘sing along’ set. Yes, you are invited to sing along with us as we will be giving out song books for the occasion.
If you have missed our Mining Special on Celtica Radio last year or you want to see and hear some more videos and audio we have created on the subject like our radio play Blue Scare, the music video of the song that was written bout our own John Gates by singer song writer Bryn Phillips, the atmospheric field recordings made during the unveiling of the Natural Resources Wales‘s lead project The Keeper of the Colliery with our Roy Meredith reading the poem written by local poet Dan Lock or the short documentary with Garw ex miner turned artist Gordon Farmer then head over to our MEDIA PAGE right now!
Mimetic what?! Yes, that could be your reply when first reading the heading of this post.
One of our members did an online course all of last year called Mimetic Academy devised by André and Mary-Anne Rabe last year. The course was based on the ground breaking work of René Gerard that passed away in 2015.
André van Wyk presented the talk to the group as he felt it would help all of the men navigate being part of the group as well as their wider personal lives outside of the shed, but in particular because ShedQuarters are embarking on a very challenging and innovative project called Men At The Centre.
Grab a cuppa coffee (or what ever your drink of choice is) and settle back in your chair as this a long (30 minutes) talk, but we hope you enjoy it as most did. Also, below the audio of the talk is the presentation that accompanies it.
Thursday the 8th of December was a very different day for out for the men of ShedQuarters and probably not something many of us have ever done before. The occasion was the first ever OlympAge event to be held by Bridgend County Borough Council and the Active Bridgend Team in the Prevention and Wellbeing Service.
The aim of the event that they hope will become an annual event is to encourage older people to stay active both physically and mentally. It took place at Bethlehem Life Centre and what we did as men was to inject some spirited rhythms into the event couched by Aaron Meli from Slapping Skins.
We played a mix of African drumming and Brazilian influenced rhythms and chants all inspired by the recent Olympics.
The media was there and captured it all, so have a look HERE.
It was a rainy bleak day in the Llynfi Valley on Tuesday 15th of November, but a light was shining in the darkness. It was the light from the lamp of the Keeper of the Coegnant Colliery being a nine foot tall wooden sculpture that was unveiled on the former colliery site as part of Natural Resources Wales‘s Spirit of Llynfi Woodland project.
Geminie Drinkwater from Natural Resources Wales lead the project with Dan Lock writing the poem and Chris Wood creating this truly breathtaking piece of public art.
Have a listen to field audio recordings we captured of the event with Roy Meredith reading the poem. Very powerful indeed!