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Sculpture by the SeaSculpture on the Coast Project – Year of the Sea 2018

We are pleased to announce the start of our exciting new project – a special way-marking sculpture trail along the Gower Coastal Path. The sculpture trail will coincide with our annual Beach Sculpture Festival and will showcase contemporary Welsh arts in an adventurous, inspiring way. The project will give a distinctive cultural visual arts experience for all and encourage active lifestyles.

Five site specific way-marking sculptures in total are being created especially for the trail between Mumbles and Rhossili by our artists using concepts inspired by the 2018 theme Year of The Sea. The artists involved are Ami Marsden, Tina Cunningham and Sara Holden. The first sculpture of our special way-marking sculpture trail for the Gower Coastal path has been installed at Horton Beach, Gower – a Surf Arch designed and made by Sara Holden.

The special sculpture trail along the coastal path will educate, involve, inspire and motivate people of all ages, abilities and cultures from both the tourism and community sectors. The aim is to showcase the beauty and diversity of the Welsh coastal sea and landscapes by encouraging people to discover, view and explore Gower using the interconnecting coastal path with its stunning views and breath-taking proximity to the ocean. Through creating this special sculpture trail, we wish to bring visual arts into the public domain making it possible for everyone to have the opportunity to understand, enjoy, and actively engage with the arts. We anticipate that that this will be an exciting, interesting, thought provoking, adventurous project. As a major cultural feature in the Wales Tourist calendar, it will inspire visitors to visit beautiful Wales and take part in our fantastic open air event.

The project will incorporate educational, adventurous, fun and discovery aspects with a trail quiz that can be solved by following the sculpture trail map and revealing the secrets behind the artworks. This inspiring activity will give the opportunity for everyone to enjoy a healthy and fit lifestyle as they enjoy beautiful scenery and engage with culture and history along the trail. The sculptures will be placed on different places along the coastal path so people could follow the trail over several days if they wish, leisurely stopping off at various points to visit the many lovely Gower beaches or other scenic beauty spots. The trail will link in with our annual Beach Sculpture Festival which will be run for the fourteenth year in July 2018 at various beaches on Gower, including Bracelet Bay, Caswell, Oxwich and Port Eynon. As the project unfolds, we will be posting all new developments and details about the sculpture trail including designs and locations on our website www.artandeducationbythesea.co.uk

The sculpture trail will link in with our annual Festival –

WHAT: Beach Sculpture Festival 2018 / Gwyl Cerfluniau Traeth 2018

WHERE AND WHEN:

Wednesday, 25th July – Caswell Beach

Thursday, 26th July – Oxwich Beach

Friday, 27th July – Port Eynon Beach

Saturday, 28th July – Bracelet Bay

Sunday, 29th July – Blackpill Beach (by Lido)

TIMES: Between 10.00 am and 4.00p.m. FREE Drop in workshop (all ages and abilities welcome).

The project has been part funded via the Welsh Government’s Tourism Product Innovation Fund which aims to encourage new innovative product ideas working in partnership which will have a greater impact and attract more visitors

Mae’r prosiect wedi cael ei ariannu drwy Gronfa Arloesi Cynnyrch Twristiaeth Llywodraeth Cymru sy’n anelu at annog syniadau cynnyrch arloesol newydd trwy weithio mewn partneriaeth er mwyn cael mwy o effaith a denu mwy o ymwelwyr

Other sponsors include AONB, City and County of Swansea, Mumbles Community Council, Wales Coast Path / NRW and National Trust, UWTSD, SCVS, Beach House, Oxwich Bay Hotel, Castellamare and MDT. Project Photography by Phil Holden

All Press Enquiries to Sara Holden Tel: 01792 367571, sara@artandeducationbythesea.co.uk

Santander CyclesMumbles Community Council are proud to announce that the fantastic Santander Bike Scheme is coming to Mumbles and the Swansea Bay Area.

This forms a part of our strategy to improve the health and wellbeing of the community and visitors to our beautiful part of the world. In conjunction with this, the Bike Hubs will play a part in reducing congestion, encourage greater connectivity along the frontage of Swansea bay and showcase strong brand name support for the thriving Village of Mumbles.

With the improvements announced to Swansea City Centre and the Events Arena, Mumbles will play a huge part in supporting the development of the Swansea City Deal and maintain its role as a community that will never rest on its laurels.

Santander Cycles Swansea will launch on 5 July at Swansea University’s Fulton House Refectory on the Singleton Park Campus.

From 5 July, 50 bikes will be available for the whole community and visitors to the city to use. The hubs will be situated at the following locations across Swansea Bay:

Swansea University’s Singleton Park Campus
The Fabian Way Park and Ride
The Civic Centre
The National Waterfront Museum
Swansea University’s Bay Campus

A sixth hub in Mumbles will follow shortly and is due to be in place later this Summer.

Gower Walking FestivalLooking for an opportunity to try something new, revisit a much loved haunt, or simply stroll along the water’s edge?

Gower Walking Festival returns  Saturday 2nd June – Sunday 10th June 2018 , providing guided walks by people who are passionate about Gower.

Exploring castles, churches, local industry and beautiful scenery, there are walks for all abilities, people with dogs, poets and photographers. With easy walks on the Mumbles waterfront, moderate walks to Pwll Du and strenuous walks to cover the four peaks of Gower. There will also be specialists to provide Tai Chi, mountain boarding, parkour and coasteering.

For more information and to book a walk, visit gowerwalkingfestival.uk.

Preparation work to restore Mumbles Pier to it’s former glory has now begun.

Construction Crews have started removing some it’s period Victorian features as part of the reconstruction. The original structural supporting columns installed in 1898 however, have survived the test of time and will remain in place.

The £3.2 million project is scheduled to begin in earnest on the 1st June, with completion by the end of 2018.

Foreshore development designs and plans have been released, which is intended to finance the pier’s restoration. The designs are to be submitted this week as part of a final stage in the planning process, following approval by Swansea Council.

The development plans include a hotel and apartment scheme, which could include holiday lets. There are also plans to transform the former lifeboat house into a restaurant.

The foreshore development is scheduled to begin early 2019, subject to planning, with the construction of a new coastal sea-wall.

Mumbles SkaterampLast Monday, Mumbles Community Council hosted a public meeting at The Ostreme Hall in Mumbles to discuss ideas for a potential skatepark based in Mumbles.

The idea came about following a PACT meeting, where it was recognised there was a need for better provision for young people in the area.

A survey was carried out on the current skate ramp in Blackpill, and feedback showed that the ramp is now coming to the end of it’s life.

Mumbles Community Council have received more than 400 responses to a survey about a potential skatepark, which were overwhelmingly positive. Community councillors have also visted local schools to see what young people wanted to see in the area.

The location of the skatepark has yet to be cofirmed, although the preferred option is alongside the existing skateboard ramp on Mumbles Road.

Mumbles Community Council is asking for representatives to volunteer to help take the project forward. If you would like to get involved please visit the Skatepark Mumbles Facebook page.

The skatepark has also been backed by Olympic BMX rider James Jones. Originally from Sandfields, he moved to Corby in England because of a lack of facilities in the local area.

“For me, biking is my job. I got through to Team GB, but I’ve had to move to be near decent facilities.”

“I go to a venue in Corby, called Adrenaline Alley. I know the proposal being talked about would not be the same scale, but it would be something where skaters and riders could go.”

“That’s why I’m here to give my support.”