Past Projects & Events

Women Dancing VI

Women Dancing VI

Join us for the 6th Annual ‘Women Dancing’ to Patti Smith’s album ‘HORSES’ Sunday March 22nd 2020 at DawnCastell y Bere, Wales Download information ...
Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

“Are you an artist? Are you a shape-shifter? Are you in transition? Are you welcoming or resisting change? Are you stepping into the unknown? Are you proceeding ‘as if,’ with no sense of certainty or security? If so I’d like to invite you to join me” ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ was an invitation ...

7 Conversations Before The End Of Time: Re-enactments and New Dialogues

Over the course of one week at Small World, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacted a series of ‘Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal’. These dialogues originally published 25 years ago in the ground-breaking book ‘Conversations Before the End of Time’ by American author Suzi Gablik are as ...

COParty (22) Swansea

The world leaders came together in October 2017 at COP 22 in Marakech. To show our support for the process and keep the engagement with climate issues going on at a local level we organised COParty (22) Swansea. ...

Being an Earth Pilgrim

Being an Earth Pilgrim is a landmark documentary series of six, hour-long conversations that chronicle and celebrate the life and work of teacher, peace activist and leader, Satish Kumar. ...

COP 1, 2 & 3 Swansea

In November and December 2015 Emergence organised three events that represented a creative local response to the historic Paris climate talks: COP21. ...

Culture Shifters

‘Culture Shifters: Artists Making Change’ tells three stories of how artists in different parts of Wales are leading on regeneration, sustainability and social activism. Image credits: Mr & Mrs Clark (“Smash It Up” project) The three case studies chosen are representative of the kinds of socially engaged projects being undertaken by artists working in Wales ...

The Gower Harvest Walk & Talk

The Harvest Walk & Talk on 27th September 2015 marked the ‘turning of the year’ on Gower celebrating the traditional seasonal festival of Harvest and a significant local landmark and Neolithic burial chamber – Arthur’s Stone. ...

Station to the Sea Peace Walk & Talk

The Peace Walk & Talk was designed to mark the 75th anniversary of the first bombs dropped on Swansea during World War 2 on June 27th 1940. ...

The Walk That Reconnects 2014

Walking the 56km of The Gower Way for four days, inspired by Joanna Macy’s change and empowerment process ‘The Work That Reconnects’. ...

Culture Shift / Newid Diwylliant

“Culture Shift/ Newid Diwylliant” is a strategic document commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales that gives a glimpse of the many pioneering sustainable arts initiatives currently operating across Wales. It situates these initiatives within the context of a UK wide paradigm shift happening within the arts whose core principle is to support the creation ...

Creu Cymru Emergence

Emergence collaborates with Creu Cymru to integrate sustainability into the management and infrastructure of Wales’ venues and arts centres. ...

Talking About Emergence

Key contributors to Emergence discuss the ideas and inspiration which led to their involvement with the project. ...

Retracing Our Steps 2013

Emergence revisits the 2012 Land Journey North route with a small group of participants inviting reflection on personal and professional developments since the last journey, and continuing the dialogue with the land begun in 2012. ...
Emergence at World Stage Design Festival

Emergence at World Stage Design Festival

Emergence curates a day of events, film shows, discussions as part of the biennial WSD Festival held at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. ...
Doin’ Dirt Time

Doin’ Dirt Time

Emergence presents Suzi Gablik’s “Doin Dirt Time”, a performed transcript of an interview with two artists who decide to stop making art and start living it as a creative response to the ecological crisis. Performed at arts and ecological gatherings during 2013. ...
Bringing It All Back Home

Bringing It All Back Home

Emergence hosts a smaller Summit back at home in Swansea. Contributions from Lucy Neal, Gary Anderson and the One-Eyed-Man. ...
The Summit 2012 – Artist Commissions

The Summit 2012 – Artist Commissions

Emergence commissioned artists thanks to Arts Council Wales: Sarah Woods & Richard Gott, Ansuman Biswas, Fern Thomas & Owen Griffiths, Ben Stammers, Culture Colony, Simon Whitehead and Touchstone Collaborations. Simon WhiteheadSarah Woods & Richard GottFern Thomas & Owen GriffithsTouchstone CollaborationsBen StammersAnsuman BiswasPete Telfer Simon Whitehead Simon Whitehead was invited to design and curate the Emergence Land ...
The Summit 2012 – Creating the Future

The Summit 2012 – Creating the Future

If we cannot imagine a positive future, how can we create it? A Summit of arts, environment and sustainability at Wales’ pioneering sustainability hub the Centre for Alternative Technology. The Emergence summit was really two events in one – a five day Land Journey and a conference held over three days. During the planning, our dream for ...
The Summit 2012 – Land Journey

The Summit 2012 – Land Journey

A five-day Land Journey tracing two elliptical routes across mid-Wales, inviting a deepened dialogue, concentration and reflection on the things we take for granted. Two elliptical walks across the beautiful and varied terrain of mid-Wales, facilitated to engage participants in a deepened dialogue with the land and their place within it. Curated and designed by ...
Case for Optimism

Case for Optimism

Emergence invites the Case for Optimism team to Swansea, creating spaces for cultural leaders and arts practitioners to deepen their creative response to global challenges. A collaboration between Emergence and Case for Optimism at Volcano Theatre in Swansea. C4O is a programme of workshops for leaders in the field of arts and culture, to explore ...
Emergence Document

Emergence Document

Launch event at the Wales Millennium Centre for the bilingual Emergence Eginiad report. Arresting ideas, practical advice and useful contacts from the 20 pioneering talks featured at the Emergence conferences in 2010/11. ‘Emergence has worked from the ground upit has been a creative catalyst’. Louise Wright, British Council WalesEmergence launches a legacy document after three ...
Caernarfon Conference – Resilience

Caernarfon Conference – Resilience

The third Emergence conference from the Volcano & Sustain Wales partnership held in March 2011 at Galeri, Carnarvon. ‘What art does clearly is engage with our emotions; it connects to the emotions andthe spirit and can build images of the future that can both frighten and inspire’. Jean Boulton. 21st March 2011Galeri, Caernarfon The third ...
Swansea Conference – Connection

Swansea Conference – Connection

The conversation continued in January 2011 at Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea attracting arts practitioners from Swansea and beyond. ‘If you really want to experience emergence you have to just trust, trust in your heart, trust in people, trust in the universe’ – Satish Kumar January 31st 2011Volcano Theatre, Swansea The response to the first ...
Cardiff Conference – Context

Cardiff Conference – Context

The pioneer Emergence conference at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. The arts sector in Wales came together to share ideas, ask questions and get practical tools for more sustainable practice. “Are we anywhere near the sort of carbon descent that science demands?” Paul Allen Emergence launches with a conference in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, October ...
The Emergence Arts Survey

The Emergence Arts Survey

Emergence conducts a survey of practising artists in Wales about their attitudes and understanding of sustainability in relation to their practice and the arts industry. “We asked artists what they thought their role was in imagining and shaping the future. The Emergence Arts Survey intended to find out by sending a survey to arts contacts across ...

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