#AOTH2021 The Riverfront

We’re really excited about what’s happening at  The Riverfront for AOTH 2021 this year – here’s a whistle stop preview:

Friday 26th 6-10pm: Live at the Riverfront: L@TR – FREE live music event supporting supporting local talent from the area.

Performers will include fiddle player Kat Batchelor Music (@katbatchelormusic) who originally trained in England on violin, and moved to Cardiff to study Music. During Uni, Kat fell in love with traditional Irish music and traditional Welsh music, and now performs a variety of British Celtic and Irish dance tunes.

Also in the line up for this great evening are acoustic folk singer songwriter Ronnie 3 Chords who has been writing and performing  his own material for around 8 years. His music is mainly fingerpicking, country-folk blues based around real characters, past and present – some with a little humour.

Recent graduate and winner of Open Mic UK 2021- Josh Hicks, who performed at the prestigious Castle Roc Festival at Chepstow Castle and Newport County FC Stadium, will also be performing..

Whilst you’re listening to the tunes, you can also see CONSUMERSMITH’s iconic artwork ‘May love be what you remember most’ on display on the first floor. Created in 2020, the piece stands as a memorial for life lost in recent times. The Riverfront is currently selling prints of this artwork in order to raise funds for future community art projects. (@CONSUMERSMITH)

In the Mezzanine Gallery, you can see the RED SHOES Poster Archive – Educate Agitate Organise: Posters for Change. RED SHOES Poster Archive is a not-for-profit, artist-led radical poster collection based in South Wales, curated by Shaun Featherstone. 

The archive consists of over 1000 posters which represent a wide variety of social justice issues like climate justice, civil and human rights, equality, poverty, industrial disputes, international solidarity and peace.  The aim of the archive is to help preserve the social history of people powered movements and campaigns by collecting and displaying inspiring images which reflect both contemporary and historical struggles for progressive social change and equality. (RED-SHOES-Poster-Archive)

There is also artwork from Art on the Hill Artists in the windows and around the building:

Urban Fridges – Kate Verity

The Show Must Go On – Alix Edwards

A Selection of Landscape Paintings – Vincent Dyke

Wedi Magritte – Meurig Watkins

Saturday 27th: 11am-4pm: Art on the Hill Craft Market – a showcase of artists and crafts people throughout the foyer with a selection of handmade and lovingly crafted Christmas presents! 

There’s still time to book a stall. If you would like a stall to share your wares, please contact:

There will be workshops on Saturday and Sunday including felt making, Christmas card prints, Introduction to Playwriting Workshop, plus a Mindful Movement Workshop with Katie and Anna (

Anna and Katie have a wealth of combined experience in dance, art and theatre, as well as creative therapeutic practice for wellbeing and restorative exercises to soothe, relax and unwind. Designed especially for the day, Anna and Katie will lead you through a series of gentle, guided movement and visual art practices, incorporating the elements that are in tune with the seasons and nature.

Book ahead, via The Riverfront, to avoid disappointment:

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Arts on the Hill Newport is a weekend of art and creativity on the west side
of Newport featuring open houses, events and exhibitions. Artists can open
their homes to share their work or work with partner venues and
organisations to show in other places. There’s room for all art forms with
events over the weekend to be included on a printed trail map that will be
available from partner venues from mid November each year.