I’m Rosey Brown, I currently live and work as a writer, arts practitioner and project coordinator, based in Cardiff.
Please get in touch if you would like to hire me for project work in Wales!
I am particularly interested in arts and education – be that leading workshops, devising educational performances, coordinating projects or helping with community initiatives and activism. I’m always looking to meet new people and collaborate on new projects, so please get in touch if you’re interested in working together.
I visited fourteen different primary school classes as part of the ambitious multi-art-genre Tidy! project.
The project encouraged children to engage with questions surrounding the environment, sustainable living and our everyday lives – how can we create a tidy playground, a tidy school, a tidy town and a tidy planet? Questions were used as a stimulus to create poetry, music and visual art. One poem, “If You Build A Wall”, which I worked with Radnor Primary School children to create, has been put into awesome video form by Ffotogallery:
Project Coordinator and Workshop Leader at Grüner Grashalm e.V.
Grüner Grashalm is an adventure charity based in Fahren, Mecklenburg, formed after the Cold War to promote international relations between young people.
As well as working with young people from Germany, Poland, France, Ukraine, Russia, and more, we are working to improve our provision for refugees who are new to the region. I run workshops using non-formal education techniques, usually focusing on creativity, or the basics of project planning and funding applications.
The Oxford Lieder Festival 2016
Working together with Emma Beynon, we visited ten primary school classes to write poems and transform the children’s ideas into the libretto for The Schools Concert, a magical song cycle about the River Thames, and the magical creatures that the children of Oxford find there…
CABAN Scriblio 2016
A programme from Arts Alive Wales that has been set up for young people in Powys to develop their confidence and resilience, encourage and enable participation and improve wellbeing whilst nourishing creativity.
Roald Dahl 100
Ran workshops with Emma Beynon in Powys primary schools as part of Literature Wales’ Roald Dahl celebrations for his centenary.
Arts Active Project Coordinator 2013 – 2016
I worked as a freelance project manager for Arts Active at St David’s Hall. Arts Active is a registered charity that supports education, community and audience engagement projects from St David’s Hall and the New Theatre, in Cardiff.
Various projects, including:
Assistant Producer for Performance: “Young musicians, dancers, actors and writers will work in collaboration with the New Theatre, Arts Active, Earthfall Dance, Community Music Wales, Literature Wales and other experienced arts practitioners to create an experimental, genre-defying show. Punctuated with routines from young performers at No Fit State Circus, and directed by the award-winning James Williams (Flown, Hitch, My Life in CIA), Performance promises to be a breath taking experience.”
Welsh Proms Volunteer Coordinator: For the 2015 and 2016 Welsh Proms I lead a group of 20 volunteers aged 16 – 25. The scheme gives young people the chance to work alongside arts professionals, gain invaluable work experience and get to see some wonderful performances at St David’s Hall, the National Concert Hall of Wales.
Criw Celf Project Assistant: a programme for school pupils and art & design staff offering; access to training and workshops led by exhibiting artists, opportunities for mentoring from professionals in the field, special events and courses, chances to attend artist and curators talks, to gain guidance with careers. Criw Celf is a Wales-wide initiative supported by the Arts Council for Wales.
Hay Writers at Work
In 2016 and 2017 I’ve been a writer on the Writers at Work scheme: a long-term professional development strategy to nurture Welsh talent writing in both languages. It runs during the 11 days of Hay Festival Wales. The project gives access to the unique gathering of the literary world at this time and exploits the publishing and creative writing expertise on offer for the direct benefit of professional writers in Wales.
The project is funded by Arts Council Wales, and is led by Hay Fellow, Tiffany Murray.
Literature Wales Bursary 2015 – 2016
In 2015 I won a bursary from Literature Wales which allowed me to work part time, and write the rest of the time. The bursary ended February 2016 and I am now in the process of adjusting and editing the work before sending to agencies.
I was part of Cardiff-based feminist collective Foreplay, who got together to discuss a whole host of feminist issues. We put out a zine every few months. We gave a talk at the Anarchist Book Fair in February 2016 and in May 2016 ran “An Evening of Foreplay“, a night of music, poetry, workshops, art and more. It was a huge success with over 300 people attending. Foreplay’s on a break now, but may re-surface in future.
I sang in a band, with the wonderfully talented Livi Sinclair, Rory Matthews, and Sean Langdon-Dark. Here’s some music:
I’m not in the band any more but they’re joined by the wonderful Rosie Smith and currently working on an album, so keep your eyes peeled.
A blog and magazine, for which I acted as editor in 2014. Tŷ Celf was a platform for Cardiff University students to showcase their creative talents, be it writing, art, photography, or otherwise.