Made In Roath 2018


There are over 100 events this, madeinroath’s tenth year, including exhibitions, performances, workshops and interventions. The festival runs from 14-21 October, and visitors to Roath can expect ​ ​exhibitions, treasure hunts, film, performance, workshops, sound work, roaming magicians and tricksters, stranded giant pigeons, a mobile textiles studio and lots more. Artists have snuck into parks and gardens, opened up their houses, and used community venues and shops as galleries, transforming Roath into an extravaganza of creative encounter and participatory arts activities​.

Below is a selection of events, all of which are free and suitable for any age group.

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The madeinroath Open Exhibition Preview and festival launch

Sunday October 14th 6-9pm and then Wed – Sat 17-20th 11am – 5pm g39 Oxford Lane, Cardiff, CF24 3DT

The Bloody Brook

New work charting the brook that runs through Roath by Cardiff based artist Johana Hartwig at

The Old Laundry, Braeval Street,CF24 4SJ Sat & Sun 20/21st October 10am – 5pm

Associated events at The Old Laundry :

‘Getting to know the Brook​​ – a historical, edible perspective’: Thursday, 18th October, from 12.00 –  14.00; starting outside Roath Botanic Gardens’ Conservatory and charting the brook’s course through Roath with Roath Local History Society and Forager Michele Fitzsimmons from Edible  Landscaping

‘Roath Brook Orchestra’​​: Sunday, 21st. October 5pm – 6pm – water inspired music, abstract score  responding to the cartography of the brook and interactive percussion using the features of the  building, alongside open-source classics will be performed from 17.00. (The Orchestra request that  you bring a household item or found object from Roath to take part in making music with them (this  is optional!)

The Rat Trap Treasure Hunt by the Rat Trap Collective and Guest Artists

Sat 20, 1pm – 5pm. Starting at 1a Inverness Place, CF24 4RU. An alternative treasure hunt across 9 locations with site specific artworks and music which will take you on a mystery tour of the shops, landmarks and overlooked spaces of Roath. Suitable for all ages.

Post me a Place – The Postcard Project James Cocks and madeinroath CREATE

Sun 14 – Sun 21, all day. Spice Of Life, 1 Inverness Place, CF24 4RU. Exhibition of original postcard artwork of Roath – pick up a unique postcard to keep or send.


The Visitors:

New arrivals meet the inhabitants of the conservatory – Tessa Waite

Sun 14 – Sun 21, 10:30am – 3:30pm. Roath Park Conservatory, Roath Park Botanic Gardens, CF23 5PG. A collaboration between PEAK collective and mir, Roath Park Conservatory hosts some new arrivals, open every day, all ages welcome.

Childrens Clay Workshop – Ellen Heeney

Sun 14, 2pm- 4pm. The Coach House, 30 Partridge Road, CF24 3QX. Childrens Clay workshop, suitable for ages 7 -11. A one-hour workshop to create something exciting. Booking essential via email to [email protected]

Kids Bike Workshop – The Nicol Family

Thu 18, 4pm – 6pm. The Garage of 17 Harrismith Road, CF23 5DG. Learn the basics of bike maintenance – bring your own bike!

Community Chess – Jack Nicol

Sat 20, 10am – 4pm. Outside Penylan Community Centre, Pen-y-Lan Road, CF23 5HW. Free chess for all ages and abilities – all welcome to learn and play!

Proposals for a Public Artwork – Rory Duckhouse and Amy Edwards

Sat 20, 11am – 3pm. Junction of Donald Street + Albany Road, CF24 3YX. Come and propose a public artwork for Roath. No idea too abstract!

sharing the same jeans – Karen O’Shea

Sat 20, 1pm – 4pm. The Gate, Keppoch Street, CF24 3JW.
Try your hand at freestyle embroidery to stitch your creative mark on a recycled denim bunting chain which is already adorning various parts of Roath.

Pop Culture Portrait Exhibition & Talk from Nathan Wyburn

Sun 14, 2:30pm -4:30pm. Wellfield Road, CF24 3NZ. Step inside the home of Pop Culture Artist Nathan Wyburn as he exhibits some of his most recent work and talks about his career highlights including his appearances on national television and presenting artwork to the worlds biggest stars.

Storyteller – Dylan Adams

Sun 21, 2pm – 3:30pm. St Edward’s Church, Westville Road, CF23 5DE. Storyteller Dylan Adams will read from a selection of classic children’s literature.

Choir Singing Workshop

Sun 21, 3pm – 4:30pm. Milgi, 213 City Road, CF24 3JD. No need to read music, all abilities welcome!  Come along and sing a range of songs in Milgi’s yurt, no experience necessary, all welcome.


Events at the Bowling Pavilion Roath Park Pleasure Gardens, CF23 5PH.​

The Bowling Pavilion will host a number of family friendly workshops during the festival between Thurs 18-Sun 21 Oct. All events are free, drop-in and suitable for all ages and abilities.

Sock it to me – Janet Blackman

Thu 18 – Fri 19, 12pm – 4pm. Sat 20 – Sun 21, 10am – 4pm. Bring your lost and neglected socks and hang them on my washing line to make art.

Simple book making – Dorcas Pennyfather

Sat 20, 10am – 11:15am, 11:30am – 12:45pm, 1:45pm – 3pm & 3:15pm – 4:30pm. Make a simple lotus fold book in an hour, booking is essential; please email [email protected]

Close your Eyes and Sing: Expressive Painting – Sarah Featherstone and Poddington More

Sat 20 – Sun 21, 11am – 3pm. Fun, experimental art-making for all based on Picasso’s advice. No drawing skills required!

Takeaway Plaster Casting – Krafty Family Collective (KFC)

Sun 21, 11am – 4pm. Design and make decorative plaster tiles to take away and hang on your wall.

CAER Studio Art Collective
Heritage themed craft CAER Studio art collective Sun 21, 11am – 4pm. Heritage themed drop-in workshop, creating artwork inspired by Caerau Iron Age Hillfort!

Macrame Keychains – Gemma from #Larkdesignmake

Sun 21, 11am – 4pm. Come and learn the 3 simple macrame knot techniques which when combined make funky keychains.

TRASH The Big Throw It All Away – StreetArtActions Lynette Margerison, Wren Miller, Josh Poet

Sun 21, 1pm-1.15pm + 1.40pm-1.55pm + 2pm-2.15pm Breaking some social taboos around Trash, Capacity Overload! tricked by pre-conceptions.


Community Gardens :

Fresh Herb Tea Stop community garden multicycle kitchen

Sat 20 – Sun 21, 10am – 4pm. Plasnewyddd Community Gardens, Shelley Gardens, CF24 3DX. Herb tea stop at Plasnewydd Community Garden brewed up on the new Multicycle stove.

Magic in Your Garden Mackintosh Community Garden

Sat 20, 12pm – 3pm Mackintosh Community Garden, Arran Street, CF24 3JW. Take a pot of mystery seedlings home from Mackintosh Community Garden and watch them grow.

Street Arty Yardsale

Roath Yard 47-61 City Road, CF24 3BL Sat 20 Oct midday – 4pm Roath Yard will be a hub of activity on Saturday 20 with the mir Street Arty Yardsale. With street food from Milgi, live funk music from RWCMD and loads of artist led stalls to join in with, including an interactive, alternative map of Roath, the mir mobile tie dye studio, and Jim Dahl’s psychic caravan. Suitable for all ages, 99p entry