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Wild Hack Haverfordwest

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Presented by bloc in association with The Lab Haverfordwest.

bloc brought together an amazingly diverse group of 35 people from the fields of art, technology and the outdoors for our first ever Wild Hack on Saturday 24th October.

Wild Hack Haverfordwest was established to kick start bloc’s concept of Wild Technology (inspiring people to get outdoors using art and technology imaginatively) and to begin to invent new tools and/or resources to inspire people to use the wonderful wild spaces on Haverfordwest’s doorstep.

Wild Hack Haverfordwest saw computer scientists working alongside artists, local residents and outdoor experts from the fields of archaeology, adventure, hydrography, foraging and much more.

Participants ranged from organisations such as Cardiff School of Art & Design, National Trust Wales, Field Studies Council, TYF Adventure Group and Forest Schools Wales etc.

It was a wonderfully fast and energetic event and we hope that we have built the start of a Wild Technology Network to take this concept further.

We want to thank everyone for their valuable input and time and are happy to share the following images from the event.

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Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography

9:17 am in Festivals, What's Exciting by bloc

22 September 2015

Ffotogallery and its partners are delighted to announce the second edition of Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography. With over 20 separate exhibitions Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography will take place in diverse venues across Cardiff city centre, Cardiff Bay and Penarth. Displays will occupy disused shops, the former National Express ticket office, a cinema and bowling ring complex and derelict Victorian buildings that were once used by coal merchants. In addition the festival will take over Cardiff’s key arts venues from Ffotogallery and Chapter to the Wales Millennium Centre and the Norwegian Church. Featuring a number of new commissions and premieres as well as work by up and coming artists from both sides of the Atlantic, Diffusion is both a celebration of the power of photography and an exploration of the many different aspects of ‘The American Dream’. Images from 50 international, UK and Wales based photographers will make up the programme for Diffusion 2015, many of whom will be in Cardiff to discuss their work and take part in a Portfolio Review on October 29th, followed by cialis pas cher an International Symposium at Chapter on the 30th. Festival Director David Drake explains: “The American Dream still holds an important place in the public imagination, and Diffusion will explore different aspects of contemporary American experience and influence, from both sides of the Atlantic. We are especially interested in exploring Wales’ relationship with the Americas, North and South, including of course Patagonia, for which 2015 marks the 150 year anniversary of the Welsh presence there”.

Opening Weekend Celebrations start now! visit diffusion for more details.
1-3 October.

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Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales

9:06 am in Funding, What's Exciting by bloc

Arts Council of Wales are pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Innovation fund for the Arts in Wales. The Digital Innovation Fund is a new strategic partnership between Arts Council of Wales and Nesta, following on from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales. The programme aims to encourage arts organisations to undertake innovation projects, using digital technology as a tool to help improve audience reach and engagement or develop new business models. This new programme builds on the lessons learnt from the original R&D Fund, providing grant funding at different levels, alongside additional support in terms of a comprehensive workshop programme and external business support from a pool of experts in the arts, digital and entrepreneurial fields. To start with, we’re keen to hear about the challenges you face or the opportunities you’ve identified that you think may benefit from a digital approach. Applications are now open and will close on the 11th December 2016.

To help you build a solid proposition for your project we’re running application workshops later in October – you can find out more information and sign up here