Summer 2016 dates and venues set for youth arts project

The Emotivate Project has had its dates confirmed for the 2016 Glamorgan Summer School. The project gives young people in the Taf Ely area the chance to use their creativity to improve their local communities through combining local history knowledge with artistic expression.

The summer school is to take place in the week of 15 August to 19 August 2016, at venues throughout the Taf Ely area. Young people who take part will learn about the history of the various communities in Taf Ely and design “portrait collages” in Adobe Photoshop that reflect their own ideas on the past, present and their ideal future for Taf Ely.

Jonathan Bishop is the multimedia expert leading the classes. “This whole week of classes will give young people the chance to learn about the history of the area, collecting various ideas through instant digital cameras and online searches to create original portrait collages that fuse past with present,” he said. “The first day will involving visiting the site of the 2009 project, with specific days dedicated to different localities, followed by a day of Photoshopping and then one producing a video of all the ideas.

The 2009 Glamorgan Summer School saw the creation of the mural in the St Dyfrig’s Underpass in Treforest, and the first day of the 2016 summer school involves a field trip to that very location. Areas that feature in the project include Tonyrefail, Llantrisant, Llantwit Fardre, Pontypridd, Taffs Well and Nantgarw, Ynysybwl and Coed-y-Cwm.

CLASS OF 2009: Youth Participants of the Emotivate Project in the 2009 Glamorgan Summer School. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.
CLASS OF 2009: Youth Participants of the Emotivate Project in the 2009 Glamorgan Summer School. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Parents of young people are being invited to come along the venues where the project is taking place to share in the experience, which is only £1 per day per child. Those interested in finding out more about the project, including dates and venues, are invited to visit the Emotivate Project’s dedicated website at: http://www.emotivate.org.uk/youth-arts-projects/296/glamorgan-summer-school-2016/

Independent sees off Communist Party rivals

The Independent candidate in the South Wales Central regional election to the Welsh Assembly has seen off a challenge from the Welsh Communist Party.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop, who is the parish councillor for Cam East in Gloucestershire, polled 651 votes compared to the 520 polled by the Welsh Communist Party.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop fights off the Communist Party in the South Wales Central showdown.
SEEING RED: Councillor Jonathan Bishop fights off the Communist Party in the South Wales Central showdown. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Councillor Bishop is the CEO of the Swansea-based Crocels Community Media Group, and says he is doing more to achieve Marxism than the Communist Party ever has. “The people I have working for Crocels are all self-employed yet still count as employees by the Office for National Statistics,” he said. “They are in effect their own boss, in control of their own means of production, distribution and exchange, and enjoy the fruits of their own labour.
Marxism is better achieved through the free market than any form of state socialism, and so the Communists should follow the lead of Crocels by actually forming communes in the shape of self-governing limited companies that do everything Marx intended rather than just talking about them.
Marxism could be achieved overnight if every so-called socialist put down their tools and left their jobs based on contracts of employment and then becoming self-employed.
The people who work for Crocels are enjoying the Marxist dream, which is more than any communist government in history has ever achieved.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop is a researcher at Crocels’s Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems. His 2012 research paper, ‘Lessons from The Emotivate Project for Increasing Take-up of Big Society and Responsible Capitalism Initiatives,’ was published in the book, ‘Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education Incorporating Advancements’ by IGI Global.

Labour take a hammering in Llantrisant Town by-election

The Labour Party has taken a hammering in the Llantrisant Town By-Election, even with the local MP’s wife being parachuted into the role to take on Independent candidate, Freeman Jonathan Bishop, who was expected to take the seat.

The election was won by Louisa Mills, who moved to Llantrisant from Sweden, after being educated in Carmarthen. Louisa Mills promises to build a community garden in the town.

Louisa Mills has been elected as town councillor of Llantrisant Town.
ELECTED; Louisa Mills has been elected as town councillor of Llantrisant Town. Courtesy; Obtained from Twitter.

Liz Smith critcised the campaign of Freeman Jonathan Bishop, saying that his facts were “11 years old.” Her husband and Pontypridd MP Owen Smith criticised Bishop for “bringing [his] family into it.” In fact, all Freeman Bishop did was refer to Owen Smith’s wife, who was his opponent.

Labour's Liz Smith lost the Llantrisant Town bi-election.
DEFEATED: Labour’s Liz Smith lost the Llantrisant Town bi-election. Courtesy: Obtained from Facebook.

Freeman Bishop said he fought the election on the facts. “I did not say anything about Owen Smith’s family – his wife was my opponent,” he said. “I used the same strategy against Liz Smith that New Labour used in 1997, 2001 and 2005, which was to make reference to my opponents’ record and past statements.
If they did not want me to raise these then they shouldn’t have said or done them.
“My campaign was on the whole positive, with me supporting the war memorial plans, and furthering my desire for there to be a Llantrisant festival.
“If my opponents cannot take their record, or lack of, being challenged then they should ask themselves if they are being fair on the electorate who may be far less restrained in their choice of words than I have been.”

The Emotivate project, led by Councillor Jonathan Bishop, was highly commended in 2014 by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Courtesy:
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Emotivate project, led by Councillor Jonathan Bishop, was highly commended in 2014 by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited

Gareth Phillips, of TechArts, who was part of Louisa Mills’s campaign team, also criticised Freeman Bishop’s approach. “[E]ven though Louisa is another candidate she is also a member of the community first and foremost,” he said. “Louisa lives in Llantrisant and went to school in the area.

Louisa Mills won the election with over 50% of the vote, polling 320 votes. Labour’s Liz Smith gained 273 votes and Independent Jonathan Bishop received 32 votes.

Highly commended arts project making progress

The project that will link the communities of Llantrisant and Llanwit Fardre in Wales with the communities of Cam and Dursley in England is making progress project leader Councillor Jonathan Bishop has said.

The Emotivate project, led by Councillor Jonathan Bishop, was highly commended in 2014 by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Courtesy:
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Emotivate project, led by Councillor Jonathan Bishop, was highly commended in 2014 by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited

Councillor Jonathan Bishop is the councillor for Lower Cam in Gloucestershire, and is also seeking election to be the councillor for Llantrisant Town. Having formerly served as the councillor for Llantwit Fardre also, he says being a councillor in England is already making the whole project easier to achieve. “I have already been in communication with sustainable development and arts funding organisations in both England and Wales, and the project is coming together nicely,” he said. “I have the legitimacy of the office in Cam, like I did in Treforest when I did the project there.
Becoming the councillor for Llantrisant Town will make things even easier.
“I already have the involvement of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s youth offending services, and have made contact with the Arts Council for Wales.

We are in the process of appointing the artist for the Wales side of the project and have had a number of applicants, even from as far as West Wales.

The Emotivate Project, as it is called, was highly commended by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council in the Love Where You Live Awards in 2014. As Councillor Bishop explains, the project is intended to bring the whole community together. “The plans are that young people from the various schools in Llantrisant, Llantwit Fardre, Cam and Dursley, will come together through the Internet to design murals that reflect the areas’ past, present and future, as well as what happened during times of war and peace,” he said. “The aim will then be for the murals they design to be painted by the young offenders, so they can be seen to be giving back by supporting the young achievers’ designs.

Further information on The Emotivate Project can be found on the project’s website at: http://www.emotivate.org.uk.

Youth environmental project to come to Llantrisant

An innovative environmental project is set to expand its reach to Llantrisant, it has been revealed.

The Emotivate Project is set to expand its reach from Llantwit Fardre into Llantrisant in Wales as part of ambitious plans to link young people the two areas with other youths in Cam and Dursley in England.

These young people helped design and paint the murals displayed at the St Dyfrig's Underpass in Treforest.
YOUNG AT ART: These young people helped design and paint the murals displayed at the St Dyfrig’s Underpass in Treforest. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

The Emotivate Project was highly commended by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council in 2014. It was the brainchild of Councillor Jonathan Bishop, who is also seeking election to Llantrisant Town in Wales and is already the parish councillor for Lower Cam in England, hoping to combine the two roles. “I hope that by being the local councillor for both communities I can make this project happen in a more ambitious fashion,” he said. “I have been a local councillor for 25 per cent of my life and as I have already run this project in Treforest and Llanwit Fardre, having served on the councils in both those areas.”

The Emotivate Project gives young people the chance to develop their understanding of the history area at the same time as improve their IT skills in order to design and paint a mural reflecting their ideas of the area’s past and present and what they want the future to be like.

Mark Beech is the Chief Personnel, Strategy & Quality Officer at the Crocels Community Media Group, which the project is being run under the auspices of. “I am really pleased that Councillor Jonathan Bishop will be running our highly commended project, not only in Llantwit Fardre as planned, but Llantrisant also,” he said. “Being a historian myself, I am confident that Jonathan has designed a programme that will energise young people to have the passion for the history of Llantrisant and Llanwit Fardre that he has.

ART ACTION: Jonathan Bishop coordinated the restoration of the underpass in Treforest as part of the Emotivate Project. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.
ART ACTION: Jonathan Bishop coordinated the restoration of the underpass in Treforest as part of the Emotivate Project. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop said his project would help bring both communities in England and Wales together, promoting fellowship between the two nations. “Being a Freeman of Llantrisant I am proud to stand for election in the town,” he said. “My grandfather founded the Llantrisant Workingmen’s Club, former Council Chairman Ivor Jacob is a relative, my Great Aunt Lottie was a musician in the town, my great grandfather was a carpenter who worked on the Parish Church’s roof.
This project will be going ahead whether I win or lose, and there is so much the communities have in common without having to share the same councillor.
We have the Billy Wynt in Llantrisant, and Cam has Cam Peak.
We have the Cwm Coke Works here, and Cam and Dursley have Cam Mills.
Llantrisant has its castle ruins, and Dursley Castle has legendary status there too.

Llantrisant Freeman supports war memorial campaign

ART ACTION: Jonathan Bishop restored the underpass in Treforest as part of the Emotivate Project. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.
ART ACTION: Jonathan Bishop restored the underpass in Treforest as part of the Emotivate Project. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

A Freeman of Llantrisant has given his support to calls for a dedicated war memorial in the town.

Freeman Jonathan Bishop was instrumental in the campaign to install a war memorial in Pontypridd, when as the town councillor for Treforest he seconded fellow councillor Colin Gregory’s motion for the plans, including getting a commitment for it to be part funded by public subscription.

Jonathan Bishop is the brains behind the Emotivate Project, which is seeking to install a mural at the Woodland Walk underpass in Efail Isaf, based on young people’s ideas of war and peace.

Freeman Bishop says that in addition, he wants a war memorial to go beyond military personnel. “Many people in South Wales died during the Second World War from working underground in the mines, as well as in the munitions factories,” he said. “My grandfather was the Freeman of Llantrisant who founded the Llantrisant Workingmen’s Club and I would not be here today had he not met my grandmother who was working in the same munitions factory after he finished his duties as a Gunner in the Battle of the Atlantic.”

REMEMBERING HEROS: Freeman Jonathan Bishop supports war memorials for both the traditional armies and those that worked on the land and in the mines. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited
REMEMBERING HEROS: Freeman Jonathan Bishop supports war memorials for both the traditional armies and those that worked on the land and in the mines. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited

Freeman Bishop says it was not just his Llantrisant grandfather who was part of the World War II campaign. “My other grandfather was a miner, who along with other miners were essential the fueling the war effort,” he said. “I therefore fully support the call for a lasting war memorial on the castle green in Llantrisant, and would like a commitment for all those who died during conscription, whether on or under the land, to be recognised also.

Cam councillors co-opt Jonathan Bishop

Cam Parish Council has co-opted Jonathan Bishop to be the councillor for Lower Cam.

Jonathan Bishop, who has previously served on town and community councils in Wales, was co-opted to the council by a unanimous vote of councillors.

Councillor Bishop was first co-opted to Llantwit Fardre Community Council at the age of 23, and now the age of only 35 he has served on all three forms of local council in England & Wales.

Speaking after the meeting, Cam Parish Council Chairman, Brian Whitley, welcomed Councillor Bishop to the council. “Jonathan, thank you for joining Cam Parish Council,” he said. “We hope you have a pleasant time with us.

Chair of Cam Parish Council, Brian Whatling, welcomes Jonathan Bishop as the Councillor for Lower Cam. Courtesy
COUNCILMEN: Chair of Cam Parish Council, Brian Whatling, welcomes Jonathan Bishop as the Councillor for Lower Cam. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Some of questioned Councillor Bishop’s involvement in Cam when his home and businesses are in Wales. “I am joining the council as I hope I can make a difference by convincing other councillors to eTwin Cam with my home village of Efail Isaf,” he said. “Through the Emotivate Project I co-founded, young people from both communities who would not otherwise meet can collaborate over the Internet to make lasting change through jointly creating a silhouette mural to be displayed in Efail Isaf, reflecting how both communities see the area.

Councillor Bishop’s Emotivate Project was first run when he was town councillor for Treforest, and was recognised among the most innovative environment projects at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Love Where You Live Awards in 2014. More information on the project can be found at: http://www.emotivate.org.uk.

Working with Library a priority – Dzôn

TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF: Dzon says he will work with the new Beddau and Tynant Community Library to bring jobs and prospects to the area. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited
TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF: Dzôn says he will work with the new Beddau and Tynant Community Library to bring jobs and prospects to the area. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited

Dzôn, who is contesting the Tynant by-election as the Wales’s People’s Party candidate has said if elected one of his priorities will be to work with the Beddau and Tynant Community Library to boost access to jobs and prosperity.

Dzôn, known professionally as Jonathan Bishop, is the chief executive officer of Crocels, which is an organisation that provides multimedia education and community regeneration in the South Wales Valleys. He says Crocels will be at the forefront of his plans for the area. “Crocels has already provided many work experience opportunities for young people and those with disabilities, and this is something I’d be looking to build on in partnership with the volunteer-run library, which is currently being founded,” he said. “Crocels is working on projects, including chat-books – to make literature more accessible to people with certain learning difficulties – and I plan through making use the Access to Work scheme I could give those people with disabilities jobs working on projects like this supported by those who may not have any disability.

Projects that Dzôn has worked on include The Emotivate Project, which gave 11 young people from the Llantwit Fardre and Pontypridd area the chance to design and paint a mural in the St Dyfrig’s Underpass in Treforest. Dzon is a member of the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals and is currently being assessed to become a Fellow of the institution.

Library faces further delays

TURING OVER A NEW LEAF: Beddau Library was closed by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and new plans may see it opened on a not-for-profit basis. Courtesy: Obtained from Facebook.
DELAYED: The reopening of Beddau Library has faced further delays in its reopening. Courtesy: Obtained from Facebook.

The re-opening of Beddau Library has faced further set-backs as the support group responsible seeks to justify the delay.

John Llewelyn, who is the chairman of the Beddau and Tynant Library Community Support Group says the delays are justified. “Negotiations are now proceeding with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council on the exact wording of the lease (to re-open the building), which is a legal process and requires both parties to use solicitors,” he said. “Once the legal process has been satisfied, BATCL will then have to secure telephone service, power and water supplies etc, as well as training volunteers to operate the systems and procedures that we have developed to run the library in a safe and socially inclusive way.

Jonathan Bishop, known as Dzon in politics, contested the Beddau by-election in February under a ‘Save Beddau Library’ banner. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals, and says the delays are avoidable. “When I was on the task-and-finish group for Beddau Library, I suggested using the instruments of the social enterprise I am a director of – Crocels – rather than set up a new organisation,” he said.If my suggestion was adopted it would have meant the significant duplications in cost the library is now facing would not be there.

But it seemed that John Llewelyn was too concerned about getting a position of power in the new Beddau and Tynant Library Community Support Group than keeping the running costs of the library low.

By proceeding with setting up a new organisation, this has meant the people of Beddau and Tynant are having to wait for all these legalities, when if John Llewelyn had put the community before himself the library would be up and running now.

But John Llewelyn was insistent the delays were worth it. “Recently BATCL became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation,” he said. “It is hoped to open as a library towards the end of September.
“Everyone in the BATCL Committee looks forward to the day when the library is open.”

Jonathan Bishop’s research paper, ‘Lessons from The Emotivate Project for Increasing Take-up of Big Society and Responsible Capitalism Initiatives’, which discusses how community groups can best make use of their limited financial resources is published by IGI Global in the book, Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements.

Arts cuts fury of lavish coppers

Criticisms have been made of South Wales Police for spending taxpayers’ money on sculptures while community arts projects are axed.

It has been revealed in a freedom of information request by the Mail Online that South Wales Police spent around $125,000 (£75,000) on a lighthouse sculpture in Cardiff, while arts funding as a whole in Wales has faced severe cutbacks.

The Arts Council for Wales is facing cuts of more than 3% next year as part of the Welsh Government’s draft budget for 2014/15, which gives the body around $55 million (£32.7 million). Plans have also been revealed for further cuts in 2015/16, reducing funding to around $54 million (£32.5 million).

Jonathan Bishop, who is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts says community arts projects he has run have had much better outcomes. “The Emotivate Project I have run has had no more $3,000 (£2000) directly from local government funds with most income coming from volunteer time and grant giving bodies,” he said. “For too long the people in the Valleys have had to put up with manufactured art designed by men in suits, rather than the community involvement that the police should be looking at.
They go on about ‘cuppa with a copper,’ but what about ‘brushes with a bobby’ art schemes?!

The Chair of the Arts Council for Wales, Dai Smith, says the funding deal from the Welsh Government was tolerable, however. “Funding reductions are never welcome. But under the circumstances, we are very pleased with this outcome and see it as an important signal of the Welsh Government’s commitment to the arts and their role in supporting wider Government policy,” he said. “We thank the Welsh Government for this important vote of confidence in the creative value and potential of Wales’ artists and arts organisations. We look forward to demonstrating, through our partnerships across the arts in Wales, that this confidence is justified.