Galeri: Learning from what has worked in Caernarfon

Date: 15.03.2018

On 14-15th March 2018 DTA Wales led a 2 day learning and networking visit to Galeri Caernarfon as part of our CAT2 support contract.

Featuring presentations from Marc Roberts, Chair of Galeri and a walking tour of the fabulous Galeri arts centre and the walled town by Galeri’s Facilities Director, Neil Davies, to see the other properties developed by the community enterprise over the years, and hear about their involvement in the new Island development, the 8 CAT2 groups all felt they benefitted from the trip.  “I found it really useful to meet other projects and take the walk around Caernarfon” said Brymbo Heritage Trust.  “The networking time, and time with the Lottery staff” really benefitted Going Green for a Living CLT Ltd.  “The chance to have a mix of formal and informal conversations with Big Lottery Fund, DTA Wales and other projects has given me a much better and broader understanding” said Cardiff University.

The groups taking part got plenty of time to get to know each other as well as seeing examples of great community led asset development in North Wales.  The visit featured more detailed presentations from the 3 Round 1 projects funded under CAT2: Meliden Good Shed, Porthcawl Maritime Centre and Canolfan y Fron.

On Day 2 we heard from Gerralt Llewellyn Jones from Menter Mon about the Llangefni Town Hall project , and Dilwyn Llwyd from Neuedd Ogwen, 2 projects from the area funded by the Big Lottery under the former CAT1 Programme.  We also had marketing workshops from Steffan Thomas from Galeri and heard about typical issues facing capital projects from Matt Smith from the Lottery’s Capital Support Unit.

The visit gave the projects a chance to thank and say farewell to Tina Cottrell and Matt Smith from the Big Lottery, who move on to pastures new at the end of the month.

2 further visits will take place over the remaining 18 months of the support contract to visit other successful community led asset developers in Wales to learn from their experiences.  Read more about our work to support projects under CAT2 here.