In this special episode of the Wales Arts Review podcast, photographic artist and Review contributor Kate Mercer puts on her walking boots and journeys with artists and public alike on the 27-mile trek from Merthyr to Cardiff for Made in Roath‘s annual Red Route march.
Made in Roath is an artist-led initiative that aims to take art out of the gallery and into the community through an exciting programme of events and activities. Made in Roath’s focus is on showcasing the huge creative talent from within the local community, as well as bringing exciting and inspiring art and culture to Roath from further afield, and Red Route is part of their year-round series of events that culminate in the October Made in Roath Festival.
Over the two day journey Kate speaks to contributing artists, organisers, and people just along for the adventure. The conversation touches on many subjects, from Welsh history and politics to the role art can play in a healthy community, and reflects on just what a positive experience it is to be a part of Made in Roath in whatever capacity.
Among others, Kate talks to folk singer and poet Cara Gwen Cullen, artist and one of the Made in Roath organisers Dai Howell, artist Erin Rickard, this year’s Red Route lead artist Nia Metcalfe, and finally to the Red Route lead organiser, artist Becca Thomas.
This podcast is produced with the support of Arts Council Wales