Since launching in February 2016, Ideas Lab has been working with small scale projects to test ideas for arts and regeneration in Haverfordwest.
Getting off to a flying start with Make 4– a series of Saturday Family-friendly art workshops in March, led by artist Louise Bird, Ideas Lab has since supported 10 small projects, which are at various stages of completion.
Haverfordwest festival week played host to a number of these projects designed to change perceptions of the county town, engage people in the arts and increase understanding of what art can be. Breaking out of the Gallery showcased art on the streets of Haverfordwest, whilst local artists from the Haverfordwest pop-up studios inhabited three Artsheds located along the river throughout the festival.
EPOCH (Empty Property Owners Club Haverfordwest) involved creating a register of empty properties and their owners and lead into Stalled Spaces a seminar type event exploring ways of bringing empty properties back into use.
Other projects in the pipeline include: Pocket parks – the development and maintenance of a series of pocket parks; Seren – A week of workshops to build an affordable boat prototype that could be sailed on the Cleddau; the printing of a Calendar to raise funds for Haverfordwest Yarn Bombers; Pilgrim badges and Low Tech imagery.