Cardiff's artistic heart has long been set squarely in Canton, with Chapter Arts Centre dominating the independent arts scene in the city.
Just a few miles across the Taff, however, a group of artists and gallery owners are looking to change this, and put the suburb of Roath firmly centre stage in terms of arts participation.
The Made in Roath festival has been running since 2009, uniting artists, galleries, businesses and schools from across Cardiff and beyond.
The main series of events takes place every October, but following the success of last year’s warm-up event organisers are looking to hold another, smaller celebration, this March.
The first event, Made in Spring, will start on March 30, and feature many of the artists and collaborators whose work will be exhibited in the main festival.
The festival is described as a fiesta to celebrate the end of winter, and organisers are hoping this year’s event will be even bigger than ever.
Gail Howard, the driving-force behind the first Made in Roath, who also runs the Milkwood Gallery, Lochaber Street, said: “The Made in Spring festival keeps the profile of Made in Roath up, and lets people know what’s going on.”
Artists are already lined up from around Cardiff, with displays and exhibitions taking place in several different locations across Roath.
Conceptual artist Zoe Gingell is planning a guerrilla project to brighten up the alleys and backstreets of Roath, while Chapter Arts Centre’s Tom Betts is using the festival to screen his first film.
The festival is also being used to announce the relocation of art gallery G39, which recently moved to a new, larger location in Roath, on Oxford Street.
The event’s coordinators are keen to involve everyone in the community, despite this emphasis on high-quality contemporary Welsh art.
The RNIB are planning to hold a group walk around Cathays Cemetery, which will end at the Milkwood Gallery and feature a local historian speaking about the area’s past.
Schoolchildren are also being included in the celebrations, with many artists invited to give workshops at nearby schools.
Gail said: “We are hoping to take art out of the galleries so that people who do not normally get to go to galleries still get to see contemporary art.”
It is hoped the festival will help foster closer links within the community, and bring together groups who wouldn’t otherwise come into contact.
Artist Helen Clifford, who has been helping to organise the festival, said: “At our last exhibition we had an 83-year-old woman exhibiting next to a 10-year-old child.”
Vulnerable groups within the community are being encouraged to participate, with Cardiff YMCA and mental health charity Mind both invited.
Helen added: “We’re looking to work with vulnerable people not currently involved in the community themselves.
“We actively look for projects they can be involved with.”
The community seems keen to get behind the festival and turn Roath into Cardiff’s premier venue for artistic
Excitement is already building, with many new exhibitions and events yet to be announced.
A real sense of enthusiasm is growing among the organisers, who would like to promote their neighbourhood as Cardiff’s true artistic and cultural Mecca, and the hope to encourage everyone in the ward to get involved.
Film-maker Tom Betts in on Twitter as @HeyTomBetts.