Notes from Wales Issue 1: Autumn 2014 - Page 11

North Wales - The place to be In the six years I have been in north Wales, I have seen a lot of growth in the art community. There are some great venues, with new organisations forming and expanding rapidly. What I am most excited about, though, is that artists are starting to take control of the community themselves and self-initiating, forming groups and starting projects. ‘Power in the Land’ is one project that I’m involved in with Axisweb members Jessica Lloyd-Jones, Helen Grove-White, Tim Skinner, Robin Tarbet, Bridget Kennedy and four other artists. Through Pŵer yn y Tir, we will engage with the relationship between nuclear energy and the land, and have timed the project to come to fruition just as the last nuclear power station in Wales shuts down at the end of 2015. North Wales has become an environment that nurtures such projects; there are challenges to the artistic community but the benefits of being here are continuing to multiply. Despite having to contend with long distances and potential isolation, artists in north Wales have a lot of advantages: beautiful and inspirational landscape; worl