Image: Postcard for Artsheds commissioned by Haverfordwest Town Council as part of Haverfordwest Festival Week


spacetocreate was co-founded in 2007 by Pip Lewis and Guy Norman with the aim of improving access to and widening participation in the visual arts in Pembrokeshire.

Under the creative leadership of its founders, spacetocreate has collaborated with artists and musicians, film-makers and photographers, designers and animators, teachers, youth workers, architects and poets, to design, deliver and produce one-off projects and longer term programmes.

The organisation has built a reputation for high quality, imaginative, participatory projects that connect people of all ages and abilities with the visual arts and contribute to individual and community well-being. The practice is socially engaged, primarily working with people who do not routinely have opportunities to get involved with the Arts, including children, young people, disabled people and vulnerable or marginalised groups in the community.

For many years, Haverfordwest provided a strong geographical focus for the work, most recently through creative leadership of Confluence, a four-year arts and regeneration partnership funded by the Arts Council Wales through the Ideas: People: Places programme.

Upto the end of May 2019, when a 5 year meanwhile lease reached its end, the organisation ran artists studios from its base in Haverfordwest’s Riverside Shopping Centre, which also hosted an annual programme of exhibitions, workshops, residencies and talks.

The pandemic, put the work of the organisation on hold, enabling its founders to take a lead in establishing Harbwr, a rural cohousing project near Cilgerran in North Pembrokeshire.

2022 saw the organisation gradually re-emerging and 2023 will provide opportunities to explore new partnerships and ways of working from a new studio/workshop base that is being developed within the cohousing project…

Find out more about the people involved and some of our past projects.