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After a recent blog post about creativity in Cardiff and Wales and networking, it has been suggested that a meet up to discuss a possible overall programme of events and looking into working together to show the strength and vibrancy of creativity in Wales and Cardiff could be looked

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Having now been now up and running for almost a year we have been looking into our status in terms of a company and it's structure. Last night we had a meeting about the possibilities and what pros and cons there are depending on what you choose.A few months ago I think it is fair to say limited by guarantee was the way we were going, or becoming a full blown charity. However recently with the introduction of 'community interest' company we are reconsidering what we may become. If anyone has any thoughts comments or experiences on either of these we would love to hear from you.

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A quick thank you to Paul from thinkpublic who wrote a small piece on their blog about us, and they have also been very helpful in giving us a bit of advice as to how to move forward. Finally after a number of months of us trying, Paul has also managed to sum up what we do in one sentence. "ARK is a weekly meetup of designers, artists and other interested people who share an passion for social design."Bang on. I guess that we just need to expand peoples ideas of what social design is now.

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As some of the previous blogs have articulated. We have managed to get our train proposal in for Assembly Wales and we are working on the Shop project as an ongoing project. I personally am also trying to raise ARK's profile within the design community at large so am trying to find new networks to join and plug into any suggestions welcome. Also thinking about producing some kind of urban psychology type advertising if that sounds interesting to people would love to hear from you.

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wednesday clubWe have been looking into the formation of ARK for a number of months now. ARK is an unusual beast as it is many things to many different people. With everyone getting something out of ARK's various guises we are trying to sum up ARK and it's activities, these are the very first steps.wednesday clubPlease comment below

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Shelfari: Book reviews on your book blog

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Wednesday club - breakout

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We are trying to document the Wednesday club's and what happens. The problem is we are always pretty busy doing the workshops and chatting about the projects and what everyone has been up to over the last week or so. Not ideal but below are some images from the idea break out session we got involved in.wednesday clubwednesday club

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Provisional invitation for Happy Spaces / Dead Spaces. Work in Progress.shop-invite-2

Wednesday Club

Why not come along to our meeting on Wednesday evenings and see how you can get involved! Click here to view our calendar.

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