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Arts and crafts in Rhondda Cynon Taff

Rhondda Cynon Taff is in South Wales. It has a population of around 234,000 and covers approximately 42,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Powys, The Vale of Glamorgan.

The county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff was created in 1996 and is named after the three valleys within its borders, which are called the Rhondda, Cynon, and Taff-Ely. During the industrial revolution the local economy began to be dominated by the coal mining, iron and steel industries, and the familiar 19th century terraced houses were built for the local workforce to live in. Coal heaps became prominent features of the landscape and industrial pollution caused environmental damage, though much work has been done to restore the countryside. The largest town in Rhondda Cynon Taff is Aberdare, which became a centre for Welsh language publishing and where the first National Eisteddfod was held in the year 1861. Located in Aberdare is the Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery, which has a collection reflecting the areas history. The art gallery has run exhibitions of contemporary arts and crafts, such as painting, photography, and pottery, as well as hosting classes teaching creative skills. Built in an Art Deco style during the 1930s, The Coliseum Theatre in the nearby village of Trecynon has provided a venue for performing arts events such as theatre productions, dance and music, as well as comedy shows, movies and community events.

With the decline of employment in heavy industry during recent decades there has been investment to encourage the growth of new industries, such as the Dragon International Film Studios which has been used in the filming of some movie and television productions. The Model House Craft and Design Centre in Llantrisant has a ground floor gallery exhibiting a range of handmade arts and crafts such as textiles, ceramics, jewellery and glass. The floor above has studio space, where artists and craft makers create the work they sell. The centre also runs events, such as arts and crafts workshops that are often taught by resident artists, craft makers and designers. The Rhondda Heritage Park, in the town of Pontypridd, provides an opportunity to learn about local Welsh history and culture. Also located within the heritage park, the Level One art gallery has served as a venue for exhibitions of work by local as well as national and international artists. Pontypridd museum has a collection of exhibits such as paintings, models, historic artefacts, photographs and documents which relate to the towns history and the people who helped to shape it.

Mythicalponez

Mythicalponez

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

I am an artist who creates unique, original art, mainly surreal, myth, fantasy and fairytale. Always colourful and pops. I have just started ...

Party

Party

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

I felt like painting some penguins going to a party so I did. Mr. P and his family are queuing to go to Mr and Mrs Claus Christmas party.... ...

Wedding Commission

Wedding Commission

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Heres my latest commission piece I did. Was given a list of the couples favourite things to do, music, hobbies, likes etc and created a ...

Let it Snow

Let it Snow

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

I recycled this one from the Drawvember challenge.as its another Let It Snow! I used watercolour paint, ink, metallic and white gel pen. ...

Holly and Ivy

Holly and Ivy

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

This was one of the prompts for Bad Apples 12 days. Holly and Ivy are winding the boy elves up by having a cheeky kiss under the mistletoe... ...

Bells

Bells

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

This was one of the prompts for Bad Apples 12 days. I decided to draw one of my cheeky elves for this prompt, covering her modesty finding ...

Stocking and Tree

Stocking and Tree

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

This was one of the prompts for Bad Apples 12 days. Oh dear, Jenny and Olivia have found The Clauss prosecco.....Jenny is wasted and ...

Reindeer

Reindeer

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

This was a prompt for day 6 for Bad Apples 12 days. I had another busy day so had to recycle a reindeer from Mab Graves December drawing ...

Gingerbread

Gingerbread

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

This was one of the prompts for Bad Apples 12 Days December 2016. I had to recycle this one as I had a busy day. I imagine there being ...

Nutcracker

Nutcracker

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Loved this prompt! I have adore the film Nutcracker, super festive and magical! Had loads of fun drawing this one!!! George has been ...

Starry Night

Starry Night

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

This was one of the prompts for Bad Apples 12 days. The fairies are gathering round to decorate Mrs. Claus tree in the garden! Its a beautiful ...

Candy Cane

Candy Cane

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

This was Day 2 prompt for Bad Apples 12 days. I decided on a naughty elf trying out one of Santas Cane tickets for the sleigh! Naughty ...

Wreath

Wreath

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Wreath is the first prompt for Bad Apples 12 Days leading upto Christmas. The fairies are rushing around decorating Mr and Mrs Claus house! ...

Let it Snow

Let it Snow

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

This was the final prompt for Art It Up With Friends November 2016 hosted by Pabkins and Bad Alice. The elves are excited and bustling ...

Survivor

Survivor

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Survivor was one of the prompts for Art It Up With Friends November 2016 hosted by Pabkins and Bad Alice. She stopped for 5 minutes, sat ...

Lucky

Lucky

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Lucky was one of the prompts for Art It Up With Friends November 2016 hosted by Pabkins and Bad Alice. Feeling lucky tonight? Come on ...

Curiosity Cabinet

Curiosity Cabinet

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

This was one of the prompts for Art It Up With Friends November 2016, hosted by Pabkins and Bad Alice. Cabinets of Curiosities were encyclopedic ...

Narwhal

Narwhal

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Narwhal was a prompt for the January Art Challenge 2016 hosted by Kira Nichols. Unicorns are magical creatures by myth roaming undiscovered ...

Hook

Hook

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Hook was one of the prompts for January Art Challenge 2016, hosted by Kira Nichols. An old fisherman sat on a hot summers day at his ...

Abercynon Community Primary

Abercynon Community Primary

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Had a lovely time at this Xmas fair yesterday. Lovely little school, sold frames of my ORIGINALS, framed prints and greeting cards. Will ...

Zombie Cow

Zombie Cow

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

4 legged animal was a prompt for a January Art Challenge 2016 hosted by Kira Nichols. I decided on a zombie cow. This little moo found ...

Moon

Moon

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Moon was one of the prompts for Art It Up With Friends November 2016, hosted by Pabkins and Bad Alice. She longed for her grandfather ...

Robot

Robot

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Robot was one of the prompts for Art It Up With Friends November 2016, hosted by Pabkins and Bad Alice. Ruby Robot has lived in the toy ...

Hearts Desire

Hearts Desire

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Hearts Desire was a prompt for Art It Up With Friends November 2016, hosted by Pabkins and Bad Alice. All the new maidens wait patiently, ...

Wattstown Christmas Stall

Wattstown Christmas Stall

Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

So another year has gone and Im back at Wattstown Day Centre for their annual Christamas Fair. My stall looked a lot different this year ...