NYTH: A NEW HOME
A new purpose-built creative hub for children and young people in North West Wales.
Our intention is to transform an empty old church in Bangor into an arts, culture and community hub dedicated to young people. It will also become a centre to promote and support artists and the arts industry in North West Wales.
Nyth, which has been developed with young people and for young people, will include rehearsal, workshop and small-scale performing spaces that will be used for a range of creative projects.
WHERE WE’RE AT
We are now in at Stage 3 and we’re working on the finer details of the design including access, technical requirements, toilets, parking, outdoor spaces and the essential gathering spaces.
Right of the beginning of this stage we commissioned architects Manalo & White. They’ve been working with us and our young people to create a building fit for the future that offers access and engagement for all.
During this stage we also commissioned three artists to work with us, our design team and our young people on the design process for Nyth.
With the help of our communities, artists and partners, we hope to submit a planning application by the end of July 2020. But before we do, we’d appreciate your initial thoughts and comments to help us improve our understanding of your needs as we plan our program of activities.
WHERE WE’VE BEEN
At Stage 1 we conducted a Feasibility Study to establish our needs and to test various aspects of the brief. A lot of this work involved talking with our young people, artists, and the companies and organisations we work with.
At Stage 2 we developed the design concept to ensure that building could work for us and our communities. During this time we conducted further consultations with residents, young people, artists and other partners.
And then in August 2019, we purchased the old church.
WHERE WE’RE GOING
Stage 4 is about developing the information required to build Nyth – the nuts and bolts. The design team and the construction company will work side-by-side with us to ensure everything is in place for the build phase.
Stage 5 is where the exciting transformation begins!
This is where you will see the start of the building work to transform the old church into an accessible and welcoming and environmentally friendly hub for young people and our communities.
Stage 6 is where we’ll be opening our doors and encouraging you to come in and explore our new home.
We’ll continue to talk and listen to our communities throughout this development so please get in touch if you have any questions.
Thank you to the following funders for supporting the development stage.
– The National Lottery through Arts Council of Wales
– The Architectural Heritage Fund
– Welsh Government Targeted Regeneration Investment Programme
As part of the Nyth development, 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 and they are busy developing a piece of work that looks to the past to make sense of the present.