Sustainable Practice in Arts, Culture or Sport 2017

BBC Roath Lock Studios – Sustainable TV Production Certificate

Television production produces significant carbon emissions and involves potentially environmentally damaging working practices around energy inefficiency, resource use and waste management.  Sustainable TV production engagement aims to raise awareness of these issues amongst television production and their suppliers.  The Albert Sustainable Production Certification scheme addresses environmental risk management.  A publicly facing Albert logo on the end credits also aims to raise awareness of environmental and climate change issues amongst TV audiences, thereby engaging them in carbon cutting behaviour. Three drama series produced at the BBC’s Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff have taken part in the Albert Certification Scheme which embeds greener ways of working amongst TV production teams and their suppliers.  The productions are Dr. Who, Pobol y Cwm and Casualty have been awarded the Albert Sustainable Production Certificates which focuses on different areas of the television production process: leadership, production office, studios & stages, travel, energy on location and post-production and encourages the production team to reduce their carbon emissions. Each of these three dramas display the Albert logo on their end credits, communicating this initiative to their audiences. The purpose built building that houses BBC Wales drama at Roath Lock was awarded a BREEAM Outstanding Award for Sustainable Design and Construction and solar PV panels as well as efficient water supplies deliver a benefit to all three productions and the three TV programmes have achieved many “green wins”.


‘It Doesn’t Have To be That Way’ – Breaking the cycles of abuse, violence and control – Glyndwr University

This was a two part project that aimed  to raise awareness about issues surrounding child abuse, violence and control, as well as the design and implementation of a workshop model that would facilitate a cathartic experience with participants who were  affected by past emotional issues.  The first part of the project involved the design and creation of a four part glass and ceramic 3D installation that was based on confessional art works and included highly emotive experiences. The second part of the project was a workshop which identified the key factors needed to create a safe environment for a cathartic experience through art. Four research workshops were held at various venues, with both artists and non artists, with survey data collected via  quantitative and qualitative feedback.

The project was run by an MA student from Glyndwr University  with support from the university department, CSGlaziers – sponsors and suppliers of the glass display plinth and Kellectrics – sponsors and providers of the Electrical Installation.


Arts from the Armchair – Theatr Clwyd / Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board

arts from the armchair workshop

Project Partners: Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board (BCUHB) and Arts in Health and Wellbeing

Arts from the Armchair (AFTA) is a partnership programme funded, managed and delivered by Theatr Clwyd and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB). Its aim is to provide additional support for people with mild cognitive impairment and their carers. Participants are clinically assessed and referred to the group from Mold Community Hospital Memory Clinic.  AFTA meet weekly at Theatr Clwyd, Wales’s largest producing theatre, to engage in a wide range of arts-based activities inspired by the theatre’s current programme of work. Led by a Creative Producer, the participants are drawn into the many different art forms housed at the theatre.  Actors, musicians, costume makers, scenic artists, lighting and sound technicians spend time with the group to share and encourage active involvement with the process of creating theatre.  Just as importantly, sometimes time is spent simply walking through the art gallery and talking about the pictures they see. Each session at the theatre is designed by the creative producer, who engages the participants in a wide range of arts based workshop activities, inspired by the current theatre programme.

The project funded by the Arts Council of Wal as part of Creative Well Programme has been run in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Arts in Health and Wellbeing Creative Well Programme and Theatr Clwyd as the lead partners. Participants and their carers hav been referred from the Memory Service East Team. This project grew out of a relationship between Sinfonia Cymru and Theatr Clwyd. Sinfonia bring their orchestra to the theatre once a year and in 2015 were keen to take a quartet to play in  community hospitals. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) Arts in Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator responded enthusiastically and delivered performances in Mold, Holywell, Denbigh and Ruthin Community Hospitals. The feedback was tremendous from staff, patients and relatives. The BCUHB Creative Well team saw the huge potential opportunity to undertake more projects with the theatre. They gathered a team of key players in the Mold Community Hospital, South Flintshire GP Cluster and the Community Mental Health Service Memory Clinic to meet the theatre for initial discussions. This coincided with Theatr Clwyd opening its doors to further raise awareness of dementia friendly environments and striving to be a cultural hub that is outward thinking and welcomes inclusive participation by all.


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