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(Not blowing my own trumpet here, but this is what I said to him when he visited or United Valleys Action Group meeting 11months ago 😎)

Michael Sheen has called for people to be given the power to run communities instead of “career politicians”.
The actor delivered a rousing speech on St David’s Day in Tredegar where he criticised “disconnected” politicians.
Now he is calling for people in Wales to “believe in their potential” and have more of a say on how their communities are run.
Sheen said:

“Many people have become alienated by career politicians who are disconnected from them.”

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales’ Jason Mohammad programme, he added: “We have to believe in our own potential.
“There’s a lot of frustration when people from quite privileged backgrounds are laying down the law to people who come from very challenged realities.
“It’s hard to listen to someone who has been educated in a certain way and had all sorts of advantages telling people how much money they should live on and to work longer hours when they’ve never had to do it themselves.
“Politics needs to be responsive to the different needs in communities. It’s not one size fits all for Wales or for Britain.
“Developing people to work within their communities for the specific need of that community is going to be very important in the way forward.
“Political parties need to respond to that because clearly what they’re offering is not what people want.”

Following Sheen’s speech at the People’s March for the NHS on 1 March, questions were asked about whether the actor was considering taking an active role in Welsh politics.
But the Hollywood star, from Neath Port Talbot, said his immediate future lay away from his home country.
He said: “I live in America because my daughter has grown up there and I made the choice to be with her.
“But Wales is my home and where I come from and this is the culture I care about the most.
“Once my daughter has gone to college and I don’t necessarily have to be there then things will change.
“When I made the speech in Tredegar, I felt a real connection that I haven’t felt for a long time. I want to try and continue that in the next couple of years.”


Dave Green and Michael Sheen at the Blast Furnace Sept 2014


dave green_funeral

I have to be brutally honest that this report by Walesonline in no way does justice to our shared experience.
The funeral was a fantastic and very memorable funeral with hymns, “JAZZED UP” hymn, poetry, solo acapella from Seanna Reader, and gales of laughter and tales of of things that Dave had got up to… the story about the phone call to a Pontlottyn chapel from the British embassy in Cairo had me crying with laughter. As did Dave having blagged his way (while working as an unpaid parking attendant) to the top table of a VIP American telly-evangelist at a gathering in Dorset.




Wreaths and view East from Rhaslas Pond





Wreaths delivered on behalf of Michael Sheen


The speech by UVAG chairman Terry was heartfelt, funny and moving.
It was a cracking send off to the little man who was a larger than life character.
Walesonline report link.
It will also feature on Radio Wales between now and 6pm, ITV Wales from 6pm, BBC Wales News from 6.30pm plus other news outlets online.

I’m sad to record so much fly tipping of builder’s waste at Rhaslas pond this evening after just a short walk after placing Dave’s flowers (everything we left was organic matter, all pins, plastic, ribbon and wire removed).
People blame the Council policy of charging for vans, but it’s not the council that dumps this shit almost half a mile from the nearest proper road.

What a great privilege it was over the last two days to listen to all, and meet some of, the nine finalists for ARTES MUNDI 6 at my University.

It was a full house at Cardiff School of Art & Design today for day 2 of ‘Straight from the Horse’s Mouth’

I particularly enjoyed speaking to kindred spirits Karen Mirza & Brad Butler who exhibited “The Museum of Non Participation” at Chapter Arts, Cardiff and also spoke to Carlos Bunga. I got to ask Karen and Brad the first question following their presentation and my nerves were palpable (the place was packed with art luminaries and my peer group) but my question had a very good reaction.

10940614_10152611843087544_6686424395789584654_nDay 2: Omer Fast speaking about his work.

The Award went to Theaster Gates… his seminar at my block in Cardiff Met this afternoon was amazing! “We Shall Overcome” indeed – with a voice like that he should be an honorary Welshman!
It will stay in the memory a very long time. Even more amazing that he has shared the Award moneys!
What a guy! He shared the £40,000 prize with all nine finalists!

Chicago artist takes home £40,000 Artes Mundi prize

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has won the coveted Artes Mundi 6 award in Cardiff.

Gates beat nine other nominees for the £40,000 prize – the largest award for the arts in the UK.

Can Artes Mundi outshine Turner Prize?

The winning installation, A Complicated Relationship between Heaven and Earth, or When We Believe, is a series of symbolic objects that the artist says challenges the dominance of Christian ideology in the western world. Gates said he was “grateful” to Artes Mundi for the global platform to “expand the context” of his work.

Artes Mundi director Karen Mackinnon said Gates stood out for “his ability to be not just an artist but an urbanist, a facilitator and a curator”.

Chocolate sculptures on Artes Mundi prize shortlist

My personal favourite was “The Disobedient Revolutionaries” by Sanja Ivekovic and I blogged about her exhibition at Penarth’s Ffotogallery in November, Here: Disobedient Revolutionaries

[my own thoughts on the last two seminar days to follow, I have several pages of my notebooks to decipher]


Artes Mundi presents work by international artists who respond to the human condition. While this is a vast context, it invites us to consider how these artists connect to broader social concerns from perspectives that are engaged with society, political systems and diverse local and global communities.
The audience and artists are invited to explore ideas about activism, empowerment and resistance in the work of Mirza & Butler and Sanja Iveković. Public/private, institutional space and social control are explored in the work of Renata Lucas whilst Carlos Bunga creates site specific installations in response to the history, atmosphere and architecture of the gallery. Regeneration and gentrification are key themes in the work of Theaster Gates and Renzo Martens. Many of the artists also work collaboratively, for example, Sharon Lockhart works with individuals and groups over long periods to create her mesmeric films and photographs.
Time, duration and repetition play an important role in Ragnar Kjartansson’s performances and films, his practice also converses with Sanja’s in more subtle ways in relation to femininity and feminism. Omer Fast also uses repetition as a device in his high production value films. Like many of the artists he challenges the relationship between fiction and reality in an exploration of trauma, loss and coping strategies.






My Sister’s acceptance speech, BAFTACymru 2014 Hair & makeup, Sherlock.


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Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 00.30.57I’m chuffed to bits! You lovely people!
Please visit our appearance in the National newspaper of Wales

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#fossilfuels a bygone era

Protesting at Ty Penallta resplendent in Zombie mask

Protesting at Ty Penallta
resplendent in Zombie mask

Photographer Nigel Pugh shared his images from yesterday’s protest at Ty Penallta, Ystrad Mynach.

It was really well attended and we handed over 5,793 separate objections that the Planning department are legally bound to look at and answer individually!

#fossilfuels a bygone era: 
Also Shared with groups that I’m an Admin on:
United Valleys Action Group STOP THE RAPE OF THE FAIR COUNTRY Covanta Incinerator Objection Group
Green Valleys Alliance
Rhymney Valley Express
Art Practice At Usw
 Mark McGowan
“Death of the Valleys” Protest Against Nant Llesg Open Cast Mine


Local newspaper coverage: Link


Here is what the BBC Wales News didn’t broadcast in their pathetic 10sec coverage of the protest against Miller Argent at Caerphilly County Borough Council Ty Penallta on Tuesday 22nd April.


My Arse!

“While the mine developer is promising job creation, if the proposals are given the go-ahead then existing jobs are under threat, with many local businesses stating that the impact of the mine would be too great for them to remain in the area. A report conducted by the Welsh Economy Research Unit at Cardiff University last year found that the operation could create a £28.7m a year hole in the local economy, leading to significant job losses and undermining efforts to attract inward investment.” SOURCE