Creative Activism in Llandudno, Ailie Rutherford

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An art project based in Llandudno is looking at how culture and heriage can benefit the local economy and community. CALL (Culture Action Llandudno) CIC, a Social Enterprise, is bringing  artists to the town, in a project named ‘Shape My Town’.

‘Shape My Town’ project lead, Ailie Rutherford, is exploring “Llandudno Below the Surface” in her project ‘Undercurrents’, with two new events in Llandudno in January.

Ailie says:
“I am looking for participants to become part of a new and exciting ‘Creative Activism’ group. We would like to invite people, from all walks of life, to take part in an initial conversation. I hope to bring together artists, creative thinkers and local activists to look at how we can work together.”

Recently Ailie has been prompting discussions in Llandudno by taking an ‘Iceberg’ out and encouraging people to chat and write messages.

Ailie says:
“The model is the underside of an ‘Iceberg’. It is a beautiful mass, we know exists, yet it goes unseen. I use this as a prompt to discuss the economic undercurrents that we all experience. I was surprised how quickly my conversations in Llandudno became political. I have discussed inequality, homelessness, food banks and the use of the sea.
I hope my upcoming events will find new ways to combine our skills to instigate the changes we want to happen, strengthen connections and re-imagine Llandudno as a centre for creative activism in North Wales.”

The first ‘Creative Activism’ meetings will take place on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 at the Craig y Don Community Centre, Llandudno, 5.30 to 7.30pm and Wednesday, 17 January 2018 at Tedder House, 26 Augusta St, Llandudno, 2.00 to 4.00pm. To take part book a session online at

Sabine Cockrill, Director at CALL says:
“We have developed our artists’ residencies to be collaborations with the local community.
We see this project as an opportunity to do something original and exciting, which could lead to the town becoming a key cultural destination in North Wales, benefiting the local economy and attracting cultural tourism.”

This project has been made possible by the collaborative initiative and financial support of the Arts Council Wales Ideas:People:Places grant and Mostyn Estates Ltd. For more information about the Creative Activism sessions and all the artists taking part in the Shape my town project please go to

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