About us

We use creativity for social change.

Swansea MAD was founded in 2009, with a mission to share skills, knowledge and resources and support people to be creative. We are passionate about Swansea and our communities and also work with partners locally, nationally and internationally. We are a youth and community charity driven by digital inclusion, the arts, social justice, heritage and the environment. We create a wide range of digital content and media with people who share our values. We have a flexible, co-productive relationship with young people, the community and partners. Please contact us- we’d love to hear from you.

Our history

Swansea has always been a hub of creativity, whether this be in the arts, science or technology. Swansea MAD was founded in 2009, driven by a mission to help the creative community in Swansea, by providing access to resources and support.  We have partnered with many organisations since then and worked on a wide range of projects. These include:

2013 – 2016  I Am News was a 3-year Community Journalism Project, funded by the Big Lottery. The project worked with over 100 volunteers and provided self-development and accredited training in Journalism, Photography and Video Production. The project acted as a springboard for people, with few or no qualifications, who wanted to enter the media industry.

2014  Our second open access community studio was built, providing low-cost recording and rehearsal facilities for hundreds of musicians.

2015  We provided mentoring in musical performance to 14 participants referred from the Police, Probation and Prison Services, as part of the IOIS (Integrated Offender Interventions Service).

2017 – 2018  Young Welsh Filmmakers, an after school club for aspiring young filmmakers aged 11-18. The project taught children the basics of filmmaking including videography, special and visual effects, editing and scriptwriting.

2018 – 2019  GenU. Funded by the European Social Fund, the project supported young people aged 18-24 in Swansea who were unemployed. Participants took part in skill-building, mentoring and volunteering in Theatre Management, Event Coordination, Theatrical Lighting, Video production / Visual FX, Web Design, Sound Engineering, Music Production and App Development.

2018 – 2019  The Curiosity Project. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and BBC Children in Need, the project introduced children to the science of growing using technology.

2018 – 2019  Swansea Scenes. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project documented the oral history of Swansea’s former bands, singers and venues from the 1970’s to the mid 1990’s. We created an archive with over 100 hours of oral history footage, as well as a documentary, exploring the life and times of Swansea’s local live music scene.

2019 – 2021  Clicking Good. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the project provides free tech for good support for local third sector organisations, as well as providing free blended learning training sessions in technology based subjects.

Meet the team

  • Stuart Sumner-Smith [he/him]
    Founder/Joint Chief Executive Officer
  • Charlotte Davies [she/her]
    Joint Chief Executive Officer
  • Geraint Turner [he/him]
    Programmes and Partnerships Director
  • David Berry [he/him]
    Technical Director
  • Rachel Benson [she/her]
    Sustainability and Innovation Director
  • Liam King [he/him]
    Media producer
  • Taylor Roberts [he/him]
  • Robyn Griffiths MBA [he/him]
    Trustee
  • Rachel Newton-John [she/her]
    Trustee
  • Leon Berry [he/him]
    Trustee
  • Leigh Rowland [he/him]
    Trustee
  • Mymuna Soleman [she/her]
    Trustee
  • Sophie Picton [she/her]
    Trustee
  • Andrew Griffiths [he/him]
    Trustee