Addo were engaged by Maindee Unlimited to curate and manage the appointment of a Sound Artists to produce an art installation for the newly refurbished Maindee Library building, a volunteer-run community space in Maindee on the eastern side of Newport city centre. The commissioned work was to be made in response to aspects of the social and cultural ecology of Maindee and will form part of the wider Finding Maindee: Mappa Maindeeprogramme, culminating in a launch event at Maindee Library to mark the end of the Ideas: People: Placesproject in Maindee and signal the start of a programme of arts & cultural events and activities that Maindee Unlimited plan to continue to host in the newly refurbished library, known as Maindee Library +. Following an open selection process, award-winning composer John Rea was appointed and produced PARADE – a multi-media installation that presents a new and unique view of Maindee, featuring the people themselves and involving special performances of the work in Maindee Library, alongside the launch of a specially designed online portal featuring individual portraits that highlight the personal histories, opinions, and issues that matter to the people of Maindee, in their own words.
2018 – 2019
Maindee, Newport, South Wales
Finding Maindee was led by Maindee Unlimited and supported by the following project partners: Maindee Festival Association, Maindee Action Group, Charter Housing, Maindee Parish Council, South East Wales Regional Equality Council, Cynefin Maindee, Newport Communities First Central Cluster, Newport Live Arts Development, Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations, Community House Eton Road, CREW Centre Regeneration Wales.
The project is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Charitable Trust, the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme through Newport City Council and others.