A digital arts project to deliver social and cultural activity across Pembrokeshire has been awarded funding by Arwain Sir Benfro. The Span Digidol project will pilot new ways of delivering cultural services with digital technology over the next two years.
Arwain Sir Benfro – the Local Action Group (LAG) for Pembrokeshire, administered by PLANED have provided funding of £62,000 to Span Arts. This is funded through the LEADER programme, which is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, Funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
Kathryn from Span Arts said: “This project will pilot services that will open up culture across the whole of Pembrokeshire. We are really excited to be working in new ways with our partners, applying new ideas and using new technologies in order to test new ways of providing art and culture in rural communities.
“The funding from LEADER has also helped us to lever match funds of £30,000 from The Arts Council of Wales towards the project. We are very grateful to our funders for their support in making it possible for Span Arts to explore imaginative new ways in which we can reach out, inspire, excite and engage more people from Pembrokeshire in art and culture”
Buddig Meredith, Project Officer said: “This is just one example of the great projects being delivered in the county. PLANED, now celebrating its 30th year has helped communities in Pembrokeshire to access over £25m worth of funding during that time.
“Arwain Sir Benfro is currently supporting project ideas from local community groups, organisations and businesses. As the Local Action Group for Pembrokeshire, we bring together a mix of local community representatives, business, third sector, local authority partners.
“We designed and are now implementing the Local Development Strategy for Pembrokeshire. The group is supporting projects which test new ideas that benefit the county and contribute to a competitive, productive and sustainable local economy.”
LEADER is supporting all kinds of activity: mentoring, training, feasibility studies or pilot projects that test an innovative new idea. It can also be used for projects that improve local skills, make better use of a local resource or realise the economic potential of part of the locality leading to a ‘new’ outcome or product.