Arts Care Gofal Celf has developed strong links with a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations working with disadvantaged people across West Wales.
We believe that participation in the arts can be a great benefit when considering health problems, social and economic development of individuals and communities, and we have experience of working with people who suffer from physical and mental health problems, substance abuse, offenders, disabled people, youth and older people, among others.
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Music by the Llanelli Creative Communities Project
The project provides adults who have experienced mental health problems the opportunity to work with professional artists in the community. Over a series of music making workshop led by ACGCs artist Rich Thair, the group discussed musical and lyrical ideas, played live drum, percussion, guitar, flute and spoken word and created 4 original pieces of music. It was a hugely successful series of workshops where everyone engaged well, contributed creatively and supported one another, whilst forging friendships.
Feedback from support worker:
“A few of our supported housing clients went to the first of the Music Making workshops with Rich Thair (ACGC Artist) and then told other occupants about it until we had everyone enthusiastically attending by the time the workshops came to an end. I just wanted to let you know what an amazing, across-the-board response we had to the sessions.
One of our guys was in a successful band and these sessions meant something special to him – he said Rich was very knowledgeable and it was great getting stuff looped up (or layered or something!) and he would love the chance to develop more music with Rich in further sessions. Others said that they loved going because Rich got everyone involved and plonked percussion instruments in front of people who were shyer and that it was brilliant making and recording a track together. I really wanted you to know the response from our guys to the music making and how much everyone loved it”
Feedback from participant:
“Really enjoyable workshops learnt tons of new skills. Amazing music with amazing people”
Yma a Nawr Project
The Yma a Nawr project was a partnership venture between Arts Care Gofal Celf and Gwalia Care and Support. Over a two year timeframe, the project focused on working with older people including people with dementia as they underwent the major transition of moving into a new care home facility. In February 2015, artist Cheryl Beer delivered the final session on the project where pupils from local Primary School (Llechyfedach) worked with residents to share stories and make connections which were captured in the making of biodegradable books. The final session was a celebration involving music, song and a ceremony where the books were planted with the roots of a tree on site at the home. The tree will act as reminder to all of the project and will grow, fed by the creativity in its roots – A Poem Tree. We produced a video (below), documenting the journey of this unique project and showing the effects it had on everybody involved.
Funded by the Gwanwyn Festival through Age Cymru, ‘Weave’ was an interactive dance and textiles collaborative project, brought to life for people aged 50+ by Arts Care Gofal Celf artists, Louise Bird and Francine Hills. Taking place between May and September 2015, over a total of 14 weeks and 2 phases, participants learnt knitting and weaving techniques whilst also becoming pegs on a loom themselves to create a giant body woven structure – the Weave.
Body knitting was combined with music, movement and laughter culminating in a choreographed dance performance at the beautiful surroundings of The National Botanic Gardens of Wales as part of the 50+ forum event. Those involved in the project were able to experience something new, it was a unique concept which people found intriguing. This intrigue enticed people from different backgrounds along to the project who came together, with age as a common factor, to share stories, discuss issues and empathise and support each other alongside the dance and textiles.
“I haven’t played like this since I was a child – so refreshing!”
“I can feel myself getting stronger and more co-ordinated.”
“Opportunities like this create a sense of community and I feel that this project is working to bring women in the area closer together.”
“It is incredibly innovative…it is art in action.”
We are always keen to discuss ideas for new projects with prospective partners and offer advice as to which arts forms and artists would best suit your individual requirements. Should you wish to discuss your ideas for a project with us please click here to get in touch.