bloc // January 2, 2006

Southern Bloc Project ⁄⁄

Date: September 2005 – February 2006
Venue:Southern Bloc Office
Partner: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council | http://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
Partner: Welsh Development Agency | http://www.wda.co.uk

Southern Bloc is a six month pilot project in Blaenau Gwent. The project will identify and bring together individuals and clusters from the creative industries working with new technology and assist in the creation of a network for participants.

The project initially focussed on Blaenau Gwent County, later expanding its remit to neighbouring counties in the Heads of the Valleys region.

Outline:

Southern Bloc activities over the next 6 months include:

• Identifying current provision, needs and examples of best practice in the region through a survey within the new media creative industries in the Heads of the Valleys region;
• Developing networks to provide real opportunities for collaboration, alliance, and partnership between Wales-based organisations, enabling cross discipline exchanges between business and industry, science and technology, education and creative practices;
• Acting as a source of expertise on new media and the visual arts in Wales, advocating and lobbying for resources and profile for the creative technology sector;
• Promoting activity in new media online through Bloc’s e-bulletin and website;
• Arranging 3 monthly themed seminars during late 2005 / early 2006 ´ these will showcase local talent and offer examples of best practice from Wales and the rest of the UK. The events will offer professional development opportunities for the creative industries in the region.

Information on the seminar programme will be posted on this website under Activities / Seminars.

Sponsors:

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Welsh Development Agency and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)

Area: southern bloc