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’ve very nearly completed stage 4 which means we’re preparing to start the building work.

We’ll also be continuing our community consultations which will help us plan the exciting program of activities that will take place in Nyth once it’s open.

The next step is to hire the contractor for the main building work so watch the space for an announcement soon.

WHERE WE’VE BEEN

STAGE 1
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.

STAGE 2
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.

STAGE 3

In stage 3 we received final planning permission from Cyngor Gwynedd. As well as working on the getting the funding packages in place, we looked at 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.

During this stage we secured £1.8m from the National Lottery, administrated through Arts Council of Wales, £1.2m through Cyngor Gwynedd by Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns programme, £200,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation and and £10,000 from The Pennant Foundation.

WHERE WE’RE GOING

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.

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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

Open Day

The site on Garth Road, will be opened up on Thursday, July 29 to give the public the opportunity to see the plans for the new centre.

The plans for the building will be displayed at the open day and will include a large state-of-the-art performance and rehearsal space, a smaller cellar studio, office space and flexible gathering spaces.

“We understand how important this building is for the local community so It’s really important to us that people have the opportunity to see the building before the work starts to get a sense of the transformation planned,” said Nia Jones, our Executive Director.

HOW TO ATTEND

You must pre-register in advance through our online booking form or by calling 01248 715048. Please select a suitable time slot to help control numbers.

Please note Frân Wen will be following Covid-19 rules and restrictions. We will be limiting the number of people for each slot and we will ask everyone to wear a face covering unless they have a valid medical reason not to.

NYTH OPEN DAY (LL57 2RW)
Thursday, 29 July
11am – 7pm
BOOK: online or call 01248 715048.