Monthly Archives: April 2016

Coming up…Environmental Art INSET: 13th May 2016

On Friday 13th May 2016, Swansea Environmental Education Forum has organised a 1 day Environmental Art INSET for anyone working with children, ‘Taking The Art Curriculum Outside’. The course, taking place at the beautiful Bishopswood Nature Reserve Caswell, is designed to improve skills and provide a bank of practical activities for introducing and developing Environmental Art in your school / workplace.

Course participants will be provided with a background to Environmental Art and then take part in hands-on curriculum linked art activities suitable for use in the Primary School. Teachers will explore a range of techniques and work with a variety of natural materials including willow.

A highly practical course that is supported by an activity booklet of 50 ideas for Environmental Art including a resource CD of images.  Many hands on practical activities will be completed throughout the day leaving you equipped and confident to put together a full environmental art project for use anywhere in the school or a bank of stand alone projects.

The day will be run by Clare Revera who runs her own company, Out To Learn based at Ogmore, Bridgend.  Comments from previous course participants include: ‘Packed full of ideas to use with the children, ‘Inspirational’, ‘Every aspect of the day was useful’, ‘Lots of inspiring ideas in a lovely setting’.

Places limited due to size of facilities at Bishopswood Visitor Centre.  Cost per person £60. To book a place go to . Booking forms need to be returned by Monday 9th May.

Swansea’s first ever Restart Party!

We were very excited to host Swansea’s first ever Restart Party back in March in partnership with Sustainable Swansea. People turned up with their sick electronic gadgets and learnt how to diagnose,  troubleshoot and fix their electrical items which would have otherwise ended up in the bin. It was lots of fun and a really social way to help people learn or to share their skills. And so satisfying to know we can save those precious metals which live inside our electronic goods.

Delyth learning to solderAt the party Restarter Adrian, gave a quick demo on how to use a multimetre when diagnosing what was wrong with an unwell stereo speaker. Delyth learnt how to fix a broken connection in a mini desktop fan with a soldering iron from Restarters Bill and Peter.  Photoulla got advice on what spare part she needed to order to make her kettle boil again and said she’d come back to the next Restart Party to learn how to fit it. The simplest fix of the evening was replacing a fuse which made Ingrid’s lamp shine again.


Dai speaker fix (2)

Restart Party brings together people who have broken electronics and who would like to learn how to fix them, with people that know how to repair and who want to share their skills. It really is as simple as that. Restart community repair events, have been taking place internationally as a way to empower people to fix rather than bin their broken electronics. The Restart Party concept was developed by The Restart Project, a London-based social enterprise that encourages and empowers people to use their electronics longer, by sharing repair and maintenance skills.

We’rIngrid fixed lampe pleased to have joined a list of global Restart Party hosts and we now want to build a community of Restarters here in Swansea so we can hold a regular Swansea Restart Party and help people learn repair skills and reduce electronic waste going to landfill.



If you can fix electronics and would like to share your skills or if you have a broken gadget that you’d like to learn how to repair, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Sarah on 01792 480200 or email

Want to know more about The Restart Project check out this video…


Eco Warriors At Volcano: An Exhibition By Nazma Botanica

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Introducing artist Nazma Botanica’s first solo exhibition, focusing on her most recent body of work Eco Warriors. A series of portraits created through found images and the artist’s photographs using the technique of collage. The exhibition is open weekdays at Volcano Theatre Gallery from 7 April to 4 May 2016 | Artist Talk at 3pm on Saturday 23 April 2016.

“I started creating this body of work two years ago after falling ill suffering from panic attacks, anxiety and depression, with fear acting as a dominant force. Using collage to create anthropomorphic beings – half animal half human – I brought out the monsters of my childhood, the process has been a cathartic and empowering. Some of these monsters started to grow into warriors, with positive feelings of renewal and hope.”

The exhibition celebrates these works in progress and invites visitors to consider what Eco Warrior might mean to them.

What is an Eco Warrior? Do you know any Eco Warriors? Are you an Eco Warrior? How do you treat your environment every day? How do you treat the people around you? Do you treat animals the same way? What do you want to protect?

The series of portraits explores these questions, celebrating the characteristics and stories behind the growing community of Eco Warriors.

“Eco Warriors is about caring for nature, for each other and believing in oneself. Being creative everyday is essential to our wellbeing and discussion supports a brighter future.”

All events are free of charge

Wednesday 13th April

Workshop and Artist Talk
Saturday 23rd April

Wednesday 27th April

Workshop and Performance
Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May

About the workshops:

Create your own Eco Warrior out of collaged images from nature, animal, human elements.
Materials are provided; however if you have magazines you can donate please bring them along too.

About the artist talk:

An informal afternoon with the artist, talking about their practice and their inspirations.
The talk will be focused on the current exhibition Eco Warriors as well as previous artworks by Nazma Botanica. The audience is welcome to ask questions and get creative.
Free tea, coffee and home-made cakes.

Photo Exhibition To Mark The First Anniversary Of The Kathmandu Earthquake

On Monday 25th April at 7.30pm, a new photographic exhibition by Environment Centre trustee, Bob Cotterill, will open in the Centre’s main hall marking the anniversary of the Kathmandu earthquake.

Bob said, “One year ago, 25th April 2015, an earthquake destroyed much of Kathmandu and severely damaged parts of Nepal. 47 Years ago I went overland to Kathmandu, hitchhiking. To mark the anniversary of the ‘Quake, I am exhibiting my photos of the journey & of Kathmandu at the Environment Centre, Swansea.” A collection for Kathmandu will take place on the opening evening.

Everyone is welcome to come and view the exhibition, it will stay up until 27th May. Viewing times are between 10am – 4pm Mon – Fri however please ring 01792 480200 in advance to check as the room can be booked for meetings.