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A Shed Load of Ideas

Say hello to the beach hut, otherwise known as the shed.

Donna is a lovely person who you will see soaking in the sun near the High Street beach hut, she has a small treasure chest filled with balloons, felt pens, paper, fruit and ice lollies. Asking you to exchange your thoughts about the High Street with a tasty treat, below are some of the images and responses.

Want more? Want Less? Exchange desires for ice lollies by decorating balloons with drawings or text.

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Martha The Crocodile

Help Martha find her missing belongings and if you are lucky she will give you a prize, rather than a nasty surprise.

Unsuspecting surprises – a great way of grabbing peoples attention and snapping them out of their daily routine. This is an exercise in engaging with people. We found that although people passing through the High Street would always stop to look at the new additions, but they wouldn’t want to step over the threshold and explore them. Helping Martha find her lost items was a way of engaging with people on the street and giving them a reason to explore the environment.

Coed Y Ddinas

Prue Thimbleby has now completed the weaved willow tree, the centre piece for our Coed Y Ddinas – little woodland on the High Street. Thanks to all of your input and support the tree has been able to flourish, but that is not the end, there are plenty of branches to be covered with your own handmade leaves – come along and add yours!

There is another surprise for any visitors to the site, when you approach the willow tree you will start to hear people’s thoughts, memories and information about trees.

Illustrate the Street Exhibition

Over 30 new artworks depicting, discussing, representing and reimagining the High Street have been created by first year Illustration students from UWTSD. These artworks have highlighted spaces along the High Street that considered as a benefit or as a negative asset. This collection of visual responses has now been installed in the Old Iceland Building aka The Bunker situated half-way up Swansea High Street. You can visit the street at any time of day or night to see these artworks as they are installed directly into the windows of this un-used space.

These artworks will be on display until Monday 29th September, they will then be documented and uploaded onto our Drawn To The High Street gallery.

Old Iceland Building Exhibition

Old Iceland Building exhibition

UWTSD illustration student


As part of a collaborative partnership, NIA has been tasked with organising and facilitating a one day a scoping workshop with the goal of engaging local stakeholders to explore together short, medium and long term ideas to regenerate Swansea High Street. The partnership is funded by the Arts Council for Wales as part of their IDEAS PEOPLE PLACES Project. It is an arts inspired program with the express goal – “To embed the arts in a genuine and meaningful way in a small number of imaginative, ambitious and innovative regeneration projects. In doing so we wish to explore new ways of working that generate cross sector collaboration, test new ideas and partnerships and inspire communities to re-imagine their environment in a creative and empowered way.”

VOLCANO and COASTAL HOUSING GROUP are working with a range of organisations, architects, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs and artists to curate, transform and investigate a major new temporary social and cultural space immediately next door to Volcano’s High Street HQ. The idea of our research period is to realise, in a controlled microcosm, the aspiration that the High Street is not merely the forgotten rail entrance to the City but a destination that you can visit, interact with and enjoy. By examining the ways in which people engage with and respond to a series of changes, we want to provide evidence and ideas which will help change the manner in which regeneration projects are configured in Swansea, and pave the way for a second phase entailing a radical rethink of how art, regeneration and the built (and moving) environment interact.

Findings available to download as a pdf from here
Exercise number 1 – Strengths, weaknesses and opportunities
Exercise number 2 – Five capitals (cultural capital, built capital, natural capital, social capital, financial capital)
Scoping workshop feedback
Short, medium and loud term measures

To The Sea

This project is about journeys, how people travel through places and the ideas that are potentially triggered.

As you arrive in Swansea, you step out of the train station and onto a crossroad, but what is there here? and how do you get there? how far away is anything? where should you go first?

To The Sea

An alternative to signage, as well as animating people on their journey through Swansea High Street. This installation encourages people to jump and skip along angular blue bubbles.

To The Sea birdeye

Ideally we would like to see this bubbles appear, disappear and reappear all the way along the High Street with hints of how far away the sea is. It would also be great to use have other lines and trails to follow to each of the best bits of Swansea city, maybe even as simple as a series of floor graphics like these?