Free Community Day

The Sidney Nolan Trust is delighted to present, for a second year running, a free community event jam-packed with live music, storytelling, arts and craft activities, games, food and drink. Aimed at all the family, come and spend a wonderful afternoon in the magical surrounds of The Rodd.

Find full details of the programme and artists below.

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  • Live Music | Cynefin

    "A stunning new talent" - The Guardian

    'Cynefin' (pr. kuh-neh-vin) is the creative vision of West Wales native Owen Shiers. The result of three years research and work, his debut album ‘Dilyn Afon’ (Following A River) is distinct both in its concept and ambition, providing a unique window into the past and to a vibrant oral culture of story and song. Nominated for Welsh Album of the Year 2020, Cynefin gives Owen a platform to ply his intricate arranging skills whilst taking him right back to his roots.

  • Live Music | Klezmonauts

    The Klezmonauts are a group of up to six musicians who have been playing traditional klezmer music for over twenty years. Consisting of two fiddles, clarinet, accordion, mandolin, piano/keyboard and bass. We draw from a rich tradition of klezmer tunes from around the world and are always open to new interpretations. Klezmer is traditional celebratory Eastern European Jewish music. The music is fun, often fast, and will definitely get your toes tapping.

  • Storytelling | Kestrel Morton

    Kestrel Morton is a queer, non-binary storyteller currently living in South Wales. Telling as often in forests, caves, abandoned buildings and quarries, as in traditional venues, Kestrel's voice carries with it the echoes of the wild edges where the lines between the real and the mythic are blurred and the otherworld overlaps with this one.

    As well as storytelling in the afternoon, Kestrel will also be running a workshop on the morning of the Community Day, 10am - 12, teaching an introduction to the old fireside art of storytelling. The cost of this is £10 per adult, whilst children can attend for free. More information and tickets here.

  • Craft | Dave Goddard

    Dave has been a working blacksmith for 20 years, blending traditional and contemporary techniques to form unique one-off pieces. His skills have taken him across the world enabling him to explore many different styles and techniques from country to country. Dave will be demonstrating an array of processes throughout the day.

  • Craft | Phil Morris

    Phil Morris will bring his skills working with Greenwood to the event, creating beautiful products using his shave horse and pole lathe. Join Phil as he demonstrates this wonderful traditional craft.

  • Art | Gemma Costin

    Artist Gemma Costin will be running hands-on seed ball workshops throughout the day. Using carefully selected seeds to echo the plants grown inside her living sculpture “wanderlust” and inspired by some of the wonderfully scented plants that are growing around The Rodd. Expect to get a little bit muddy, and take home your seed balls after the session to plant yourself, or even do some guerilla gardening.

  • Live Music | Maelou Pink

    Maelou Pink is a 19-year-old trans masculine musician specialising in anti-folk and unpopular lyricism. Maelou first performed at The Rodd as part of our Cultivate Youth Arts Programme and we are delighted to welcome him back.

  • Art | Art in the Barn

    Art in the Barn encourages everyone to make a mark. Using natural materials, our hands as well as brushes, we will connect with the environment, our ancient ancestors and the creative spirit here at The Rodd, We'll be thinking about the land, our body, nature, spirts, Nolan's work, myths, creatures, imagination and the most ancient of artistic gestures - mark-making.

  • Food and Drink

    There will be a BBQ serving locally sourced meat and vegetarian options. Hot drinks, homemade cakes and a Bar.

Event Information

Tickets for the event are free and are bookable at Eventbrite. Alternatively, just drop in.

Activities run all day between 12 noon - 6.00 pm. Please see the full programme above.

Food & Drink
There will be a BBQ serving locally sourced meat and vegetarian options. Hot drinks, homemade cakes and a Bar.

Parking is free, please follow the signs when you arrive at The Rodd.

Access to most of the activities is good. Our main gallery is fully accessible however there is limited access to Rodd Court due to the historic nature of the building. Please ring our office to discuss any specific access requirements ahead of the event. There are accessible toilets with baby changing facilities onsite.

Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead at all times.