a multi-functional pop-up arts and community space in the centre of Newport

Some of the fantastic projects & people that have been at unit 9

Krystal Dawn Campbell:

Krystal Dawn Campbell is a freelance dance performer, creator and collaborator. She has worked and continues to work with various UK dance companies and independent artists, and choreographs, directs and performs in her own works. Her long term ambition is to establish a dance/physical theatre company with a permanent base in Newport from which to create touring productions. 

Unit 9 has become somewhat of a second home for Krystal as an independent artist. She regularly uses the space to make dances in, maintain professional development (attend online classes and one to one training sessions), and has even filmed a music video in there. Dancers work with their bodies and space. Having this space available to work in is essentially enabling her to keep working.

SAND Exhibition by Peter Britton: 5th-17th June

Peter Britton is a professional photographer and award winning lecturer of 15 years. He has studied photography at both University of Gloucestershire and at University of Glamorgan. After a 15 year career in commercial photography, his own practice is now more arts based. He is a senior fellow of the higher education academy and course leader on the Photography Degree at Coleg Gwent.


S A N D 

This is an exhibition about Newton and Merthyr Mawr sand dunes. This unique ecosystem covers nearly 1000 acres and is incredibly diverse in terms of landscape and human history. Sand has settled on top of the ancient limestone cliffs creating a special habitat for insects, fungi and plants. There are areas of grasslands, saltmarsh, beach and woods within the reserve. Historical remnants from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman times have all been discovered there. 

The entire ecosystem is built on sand. This visual investigation demonstrates the collaboration between humans and the natural world, by capturing this ecosystem through different photographic formats and processes.


Sara Smith - Fine Artist and Therapeutic Practitioner

I am a fine artist and therapeutic practitioner who uses elements of meditation, repetition and rhythm to capture emotional experiences through mark making, moving image, sound and 3D work. It can be a very private, emotive process but also one that encourages conversation and engagement with the viewer.

Fight for Facts: 20th - 25th June

Fight for Facts will be using Unit 9 as a film studio, working in partnership with Urban Circle to develop a series of short videos on the subjects of misinformation and media literacy in the age of social media. Thanks to Tin Shed Theatre, People's Postcode Lottery players and Newport Rising for support.


ERIC MCGILL: The Denial This Is Forever

Part museum, part live action video game, part live performance, The Denial This is Forever explores the limits and ineptitude of connecting through digital media. Digital photos frames, projection work, and a bread crumb trail of tea lights guide you through a series of digital circus pieces that will leave you anxious to finally take a break from screens and watch a real warm human body move through the air on trapeze. 

A hybrid solo performance on the trapeze, The Denial This is Forever invites a small group of audience members to reflect on how their lives have been altered by this new and heavy reliance on digital technology for work, play and connecting with other humans. So much that used to be in-person has been replaced by screens and tech. We’ve been operating on the idea that this is only for now, but what if things stayed this way forever?


A Week Of Witching Hours

A series of sonic performance events held at Unit 9, Friars Walk.

Each evening's event begins at midnight and will feature sound makers from Newport's experimental and free improvisation scenes as well as other invited guests.


A Week Of Witching Hours runs from Monday 20th to Saturday 25th September at midnight!



Hatch Youth Theatre and Tin Shed Theatre Co.


Saturday 13th November - 8 pm

Tickets £3 - All proceeds go to the Young people involved.

Six young theatre-makers create a post-apocalyptic world in order to explore what it is they are experiencing in the world today.

From tech moguls to conspiracy theorists, climate change activists to land barrons.

The characters meet in a messed up situation that’s something like Saw meets Squid Game, and together they must work towards their freedom and for a better life.

Written and created by six brilliant young theatre-makers.