Cartrefu, which means to reside in Welsh, is a two year programme which aims to improve access to quality arts experiences for older people in residential care.

We’re putting older people’s artistic ambitions and needs at the centre of design and delivery, ensuring they’re at the heart of this project, which is being funded by Arts Council Wales and the Baring Foundation.

Age Cymru has recruited 16 professional artists in four different fields: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Words and Music. These artists will deliver 8-week residencies across the length and breadth of Wales, introducing a mix of established art forms and new activities residents may not have had the chance to experience before.

Over the two years each artist will complete 8 residencies, meaning through cARTrefu, Age Cymru will deliver up to 1,024 art workshops in care homes around Wales, all for free!

The artists and the care home staff

cARTrefu emphasises the development of each artist’s professional practice, not only by  giving them the opportunity to work with older people, but also by providing a structured artist mentoring scheme and ongoing support from cARTrefu co-ordinators.

It is our hope that cARTrefu will foster a greater appreciation of the arts among care home staff as they work with our artists. We want care home staff to acquire new skills and gain more confidence in sharing and practicing them so that a strong legacy of arts involvement will extend far beyond the end of the project, and will become part of care home culture.

Our Mentors

Briony Goffin: Words

Briony Goffin teaches creative writing at Cardiff University and is a specialist in facilitating sessions for vulnerable and marginalised groups, including older adults in care homes.  She has worked with the NHS, Cardiff Council, Literature Wales, HMP Parc, Cardiff People First, Sky Arts and The Hay Festival. In 2012, Briony was awarded ‘Inspirational Tutor of the Year’ by NIACE Dysgu Cymru.

Pauline Down: Music

Pauline Down is a singer, songwriter, composer, community choir leader and voice teacher based in Cardiff. Pauline is also an experienced facilitator and has a successful track record of delivering singing and music workshops, training programmes and projects in health, education and community settings. Pauline has led arts training programmes for artists, carers and staff in residential care homes, including those specialising in dementia care.

Prue Thimbleby: Visual Arts

Prue Thimbleby is a willow artist and digital story facilitator. She has 20 years of experience in delivering and managing participatory arts projects and currently works as Arts Co-ordinator for the NHS in Swansea and Bridgend. Prue has taught at University level and is passionate about passing on skills and mentoring artists in participatory practice.

Siri Wigdel: Performing Arts

Siri Wigdel is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. She founded Dawns i Bawb community dance organisation in North Wales and was Senior Dance Officer for Arts Council Wales between 2002 and 2012. Siri has since established Coreo Cymru, a new dance producer set up to encourage and manage the creation and production of innovative dance activity with Wales-based artists and companies.

For more information please contact Reg Noyes, cARTrefu Project Coordinator on or call 029 2043 1555