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Span Arts’ new Digidol project has received £4,850 of extra funding from PAVS for an exciting research project to develop a digital memorial app.

What’s one of those we hear you ask?!

We want to design a tool, alongside the people who will use and benefit from it, which will create beautiful, meaningful and celebratory memorials for people affected by death. At the moment we aren’t exactly sure what that tool will look like and we need your input.

From January to March 2019 Span Arts will be working with artist, illustrator and animator Gemma Green Hope, App maker Owen Davis and numerous individuals and community groups in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. We’ve come up with a hands-on, creative consultation process, designed for everyone to have their say in what the app could look like. There will be public workshops at Span Arts on Saturday 26 Jan and Saturday 23 Feb, 10am-1pm which anyone can come to; in addition we will be running sessions for Solva Care and other community/support groups. Span Arts are also looking for 6 people to work with 1:2:1 to creating short digital memorial animations.

This beautiful film created by Gemma Green Hope about the life of her grandmother has been inspiration for the project:

Western culture ignores death until it’s right on our doorstep and there is little space to bring it into our everyday lives. Internationally recognised grief counselor and author of “Die Wise”, Stephen Jenkinson, describes western culture as “death phobic”. Our culture is so focused on growth that we often ignore or deny death, even though it is the one certainty that everyone will face. This project aims to encourage people, through conversation and creativity, to engage with, reflect upon and celebrate their lives and prepare for death in a deep and significant way.

We are looking for anybody who is interested and has been affected by death to get involved in this project either as a participant or a volunteer.

Specifically we  want to hear from:

  • People with a terminal diagnosis and their families
  • Older people over the age of 65 who wish to prepare for their own deaths
  • People who are at risk of dying alone
  • Anyone who has experienced a bereavement
  • Healthcare and palliative care professionals
  • People interested in volunteering

If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, please contact Rowan Matthiessen on 01834869323 or email

This project is funded by: PAVS Caring Communities Innovation Grant, LEADER and Arts Council of Wales.

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