Valley and Vale was founded during the miners’ strikes in the early 1980’s. At that time our organisation was based in The Vale of Glamorgan and we moved into the Garw Valley to offer Community Arts as a way of helping people in the Valley document their lives at a time of hardship and great change.
Valley and Vale Community Arts is a registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. We are a Community Arts for Development organisation. We actively seek to bring people together in groups and within communities to involve them in creative activities, releasing their potential and helping them to positively change their lives.
It helps to understand that because of this we are different from other Arts organisations.
At Valley and Vale Community Arts we care just as passionately about engaging people in creativity as we care about the quality of the art that we help them to produce. In short we value both the creative process and the end result.
Whilst our projects might be highly diverse in nature, there are some fundamental features that are consistent across all our work:
We facilitate rather than dictate the process.
We offer a Person-Centred approach.
We engage with people and ensure that all participants are involved in decision- making.
We endeavour to pass on our skills and expertise to those people with whom we work.
We strive for excellence in all that we do.
We try to ensure that the ownership of the final product is with the people who created it.
We reflect on what we’ve done in order to refine our approach and improve the service we can offer.
At Valley and Vale we believe that creativity is an essential human right and that it is fundamental to our physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves creatively.
We believe that through creativity we can create opportunities for individual and community development and that we can stimulate social change.
We approach our Community Arts work with a respect for others, a commitment to people, empathy, integrity and the ability to provide participants with a safe place for sharing creativity.
These are the core values that underpin our work.