Art On The Hill Newport is a project that promotes the work of local artists in their own communities by making homes and other venues art spaces for the weekend. AOTH also works with local partner venues to put on events and act as information points for visitors to the area over the weekend.
Created by local artists Sarah Goodey and Kate Mercer, Art On the Hill Newport began in 2017 in the NP20 area of the city, based around the micro art-centre and partner-venue Cwtsh. Featuring open houses, events and exhibitions, they are a small group of volunteers wanting to contribute to the cultural profile of the area. We welcome expertise and energy from anyone interested in promoting and managing this event.
Anyone can open their homes to share work. Artists are also invited to collaborate with other residents or partner venues and organisations to show outcomes in other places. This event is dependant on the voluntary contribution of people offering space and to creatives of all mediums to showcase work in this community.
All participants and/or partner venues are asked for a small contribution towards print costs, with events over the weekend featured on a printed trail map that will be available from partner venues from mid November.
Kate Mercer is a photographic artist based in Newport. As well as her own practice, she has worked on a number of community projects in Newport such as The Project Space on Commercial Street.
Sarah Goodey is an artist who also works for Gwent Arts in Health (ABUHB) and Art Council Wales, and is also a volunteer for Maindee Festival.
Participants can be from any art form: visual arts, crafts, design, theatre, dance, performance, creative writing, time-based media, film, photography, music, sound, etc. Participants can either be artists opening their own home to showcase their work OR residents working in partnership with an artist or artists, offering a platform for them to show work to audiences in the area.
Each venue showing work is the responsibility of the artist / resident or business to supervise and curate within boundaries that they themselves are comfortable with. Locations do not have to be open over the whole weekend – you can elect to be open for a specific period within that time frame, but you must commit to the times you advertise to take part.
Venues, Businesses and Organisations:
We are encouraging any organisation that would like their creative activities included in the Arts Trail to get in touch – if we can include you on the trail we will, and if not we can link to you in our ‘Elsewhere in Newport’ section. Please contact Kate and Sarah for more information on how to get involved.