People Around Here have been delivering community arts initiatives in Cardiff and beyond since July 2005. We used the arts as a vehicle to change lives: to boost confidence, encourage positive community relationships, enable people to learn new skills, and to inspire them to work together to create something they could be proud of. We engaged with all ages from primary school children to older people, actively promoting intergenerational community cohesion. We built a reputation for delivering effective, collaborative community arts projects, professional products and measurable outcomes. We have been described as Creative, Visionary, Flexible, Professional, Innovative, Respected, Outcomes-based and Community-focused.
People Around Here was founded by Bill Taylor-Beales in 2005 and ran for 11 years. Becky Matyus came on board shortly afterwards and together Bill and Becky built a creative community arts organisation that enabled, educated and inspired over 10,000 people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds.
It is with much sadness that we have had to close the doors on the community arts charity. The economic climate has meant that the funding has not been available to continue in its present structure.
We have secured a partnership with Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE) who will run a People Around Here programme, supporting our artists to continue our Breaking the Mould project. This partnership enables us to leave a legacy of the essential work of creatively engaging with under-privileged and under-resourced communities.
Please go to the contact page if you would like to chat to one of our team working on the Breaking The Mould project, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
We want to thank all of those stakeholders and supporters who stood with us in this work and to all the funders who entrusted us with finance to make the projects possible.
We also want to thank all the amazing volunteers who gave their time so generously and without whom none of this could have been possible.
Lastly we want to thank the thousands of people of all ages who took part in the creative opportunities and made them their own.