Since launching in the Spring of 2015, it’s been non-stop for the work on regenerating Haverfordwest through creative engagement with the community, as one of seven projects in Arts Council Wales’ Ideas: People: Places programme (IPP).
The three-year arts and regeneration programme is based in The Lab (formerly Ocky White’s Travel Bureau), and is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Pembrokeshire County Council.
A partnership between PLANED, community arts company spacetocreate, architectural practice iDeA, Transition Haverfordwest, and Pembrokeshire County Council, Confluence is working towards developing Haverfordwest as a model for arts led regeneration of small towns in Wales.
Having consulted local people for their reflections on the town currently and ideas for its regeneration, through a series of thought-provoking and engaging public events, now half way through the programme Confluence will be continuing this dialogue and helping to develop these ideas.
And where better to start than the Ideas Lab? Starting in February 2016, The Lab has been hosting a monthly drop-in event between 3pm and 7pm on the first Wednesday of the month. At these sessions local residents, businesses and decision makers can build on the ideas that came out of the Making Connections event in October, or pool their skills, ideas and knowledge to develop new initiatives to make positive changes in the town. Confluence has also set aside a budget of £5,000 to seed-fund potential projects and pilots (up to £500 each) that come out of these sessions.
The ‘Peoples Plan’ is another ongoing Confluence project. Since Summer 2015 Chris Evans and Kevin Thompson of iDeA Architects have been actively consulting the local community on the design and planning of Haverfordwest, with the Big Map. The findings from these public workshops have since informed planning consultants Nathaniel Litchfields’ recommendations for the County Council’s master planning process for the town.
With the arrival of a 3D model of Haverfordwest at the Lab, the Big Map is developing into the Big Model this Summer, continuing the programme of public sessions to visualise people’s ideas for the town in collaboration with Confluence partners, spacetocreate.
The partnership has also been busy working on a new commission (following Serena Korda’s Black Diamond last Summer) with Laugharne-based artist Karen Ingham, whose conceptual multimedia project Pembrokeshire Drover explores the historic droving tradition associated with the former market town, and the shifts in the use and mapping of Haverfordwest with the arrival of droves of tourists.
Although only a three year programme, Confluence’s vision is that in ten years’ time the ancient port of Haverfordwest will have been re-imagined as a vibrant and distinctive market town, reconnected with its river in full flow and charged by the creativity of its people. With new events and updates regularly added to the programme you can keep up to date with Confluence’s progress on the website, and via Facebook and Twitter.
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