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 currently in stage 4 which is about developing the important information required to build Nyth – the nuts and bolts. 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.
During this stage we will be going out to tender for a contractor for the main building work so watch the space for an announcement soon.
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.
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.
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.