Art on the Hill

Art on the Hill | What’s on at the Newport festival?

The award-winning Art on the Hill is back in Newport for the fifth consecutive year, turning the west side of the city into an arts trail to be explored and discovered.

Art on the Hill returns to Newport for the fifth year running this weekend, bringing with it its usual range of artistic experiences at venues across the west side of the city. The festival, which was the Wales winner at the 2020 Epic Awards for community and volunteer-led creative projects, runs from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th November.

Bringing together the visual arts, live music, spoken word and film events, the weekend kicks off with free live music at Live at the Riverfront from 6pm to 10pm on Friday evening. St Marks Church will also be hosting live music acts on Saturday and Sunday, as will the Cellar Door at 4pm on Sunday. There will be an array of visual arts to explore over the weekend, including Nathan Sheen’s A Spoonful of Love, Kate Verity’s Urban Fridges and photographyexhibited at St Marks Church. Some of the art will even be on the move, with Temmah’s Little Space Gallerytraveling around the venues on the back of its curator.

Le Public Space will play host to film shorts and CARPET SPOKEN WORD, while there will be a screening of Lost in Time, the story of the Newport Clock, at Unit 9 in Friars Walk on Sunday afternoon. There will also be opportunities to get involved with workshops – both in person and online – including with Newport’s ‘rebel’ poet Alison Bielski on Saturday, arts and crafts at the Riverfront Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, and a Vitality of the Spine movement workshop with Marega Palser on Sunday. The full lineup for the weekend can be found on Art on the Hill’s website.

People are encouraged to explore Newport via an art trail, a map of which is available to download online or pick up at participating venues. This year, Art on the Hill has expanded to three new venues, bringing the total number of locations to visit to 18. The venues, ranging from established arts centres to the window’s of peoples’ homes, can be found all across the west side of Newport.

Sarah Goodey, co-director of Art on the Hill Newport, said: “We are thrilled to present such a rich programme this year, after scaling back last year due to the pandemic. Newport has a rich artistic life and Art on the Hill is a brilliant way to showcase that. I encourage people to grab a map and get out and about and explore what’s on offer. There’s so much to see and so much to celebrate!”

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