Exhibition 6th October – 24th November 2012
National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Carmarthenshire
Using the term ‘2012 in lines’ or ‘take a line for a walk’ as a starting point we will trace a journey (actual or imaginary) around the local area. Using shapes, memories, observations from small objects and words we will create a large postcard that captures the phrase ’Wish you were here…’
‘WIRED’ exhibition is the culmination of an intensive 12 week participatory project aimed at challenging perceptions of mental health at Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen. The show, which will be opened by Roger Moss, Sculptor runs from Saturday 6th October to 24th November, which timely ties in with National Mental Health Awareness Week. The project is a partnership between engage Cymru, Arts Care Gofal Celf and Oriel Myrddin Gallery, with support from West Wales Action For Mental Health and MIND.
Project artist tutor, Julia Griffiths-Jones has worked alongside 13 adults, twisting, shaping and spot-welding to create a fantastic and diverse range of high quality artworks from wire. Angela Rogers, engage said “it was amazing walking into the gallery and seeing participants with goggles on and sparks flying across the room. I think all the partners are delighted with the results and this project will act as an exemplar of good practice”. The aim of the project has been to develop partnerships and use the visual arts to increase social interaction, improve self-esteem and confidence in individuals who have been experiencing mental health concerns, and who are looking for opportunities to re-engage with society and join in the cultural life of their communities. Inspiration for the individual and collective artworks has been taken from the gallery’s exhibition programme including ‘On the Edge of the World’ a Crafts Council touring exhibition. The project builds on the gallery’s education programme, which already engages a wide range of groups from the community.
The project has brought together a diverse range of individuals, several of whom have been involved in arts and creativity in the past, but for many it’s been something completely new and offered an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people. For some, the project has given a new lease of life – “this course has been the rebirth of my creativity” (participant). For others it’s been about trying something new and engaging with others – “I have met some interesting and delightful new friends” (participant)
Engage Cymru acknowledges funding for the project from Arts Council of Wales, Oriel Myrddin and Arts Care/Celf Gofal and invaluable support from National Botanic Gardens of Wales.