NEW HOME FOR FRÂN WEN
New centre will “give children young people equal access to the creative arts to inspire them to flourish and reach their potential.”
New £3.2 million purpose-built creative hub for children and young people in Bangor.
Located in the former St Mary’s Church on Garth Road, our new home, which will be known as “Nyth” (Nest), will include rehearsal, workshop and small-scale performing spaces which will be used for a range of creative projects.
Our aim is to bring a new lease of life to this important local heritage building and bring it back into use as a home for the company and a community asset which will contribute to the regeneration and cultural offer of the region.
Irfon Jones, chairman of our independent board, said he wanted arts for young people to be “more accessible and relevant” as he revealed plans for the new development.
The new hub is expected to act as an incubator for young and emerging creatives in North Wales – plans for which have been developed with young people from across North West Wales.
One of those involved in the process is Nia Hâf, she said: “This has been a truly collaborative process, and the vision for Nyth really does reflect the needs and aspirations of young people – it will give us a safe place where we can engage, create, play and experience everything that theatre and the creative arts can offer.”
“Nyth will allow us to continue to deliver high quality arts activities and inspire the next generation of creative and enterprising young people. Giving young artists a platform to develop and share their work is a key part of the vision.” said Nia Jones, Frân Wen’s Executive Director.
Having purchased the site, the next stage is to work with our architects to develop plans to transform the old church.
The design and development stage has secured financial support from the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government’s Targeted Regeneration Investment Programme and the Architectural Heritage Fund.
As part of the development of our new home in Bangor, our Nythu workshops are continuing with a community of people over 65 years young in the local area.
Because of the covid-19 situation, our workshops are happening over the phone, the community are developing a piece of new writing that looks to the past to make sense of, and celebrate, the present.