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Arts and Older People Conference 2017 - Cynhadledd Celfyddyd a Phobl Hyn 2017|

  • Thursday 6th April 2017
  • Royal College of Welsh Music and Drama, Cardiff

Type of Event: Media

‘Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be’ (Robert Browning)

How can arts activities support the creation of age friendly communities?

How can creativity help older people to live well and enjoy later life?

This interactive and engaging session will examine the role of the arts in creating age friendly communities and the contribution of creative activity in supporting older people to maintain their independence.

It will demonstrate how effective arts activity can help achieve improved well-being; mitigating isolation and loneliness in older people and contributing to the outcomes sought through the Social Services and Well-being Act.

Organised by Age Cymru and Arts Council of Wales with support from the Baring Foundation.

Who is this conference for?

• Policy makers with responsibility for healthy and active ageing programmes

• People and organisations working within local authority Ageing Well plans

• Health and social care professionals working with older people

• People working in arts and culture interested in working with older people

• Older people and community groups who want to share their voices and experiences relating to Age Friendly and arts programmes

Speakers and breakout sessions

Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

Panel discussion with representation from the Baring Foundation, Arts Council of Wales, Age Cymru and the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. Chaired by Paul Cann (previously Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire and founding member of the Campaign to End Loneliness)

Case studies presentations from organisations across Wales using arts and creative activity to help make Wales an Age Friendly nation

Performances from Dawns i Bawb, Music in Hospitals and Entelechy Arts

Breakout sessions:

•A1: Arts and Dementia – including findings from the evaluation of Age Cymru’s cARTrefu care home project, carried out by Bangor University Dementia Research Centre and research findings from Music in Hospitals on the benefits of music to people living with advanced stages of dementia

•A2: Arts and Health – including lessons learnt from the Exercise Referral Scheme and how colleagues in North Wales are developing Arts on Prescription programmes

•A3: Engaging harder to reach older people – including how to engage older men in the arts. The Whitworth Gallery will share recent developments following their Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men, and Shedders from the Squirrel’s Nest Men Shed will share their experiences of being part of the award winning project Pimp My Uke

•A4: Combating isolation and loneliness – including a presentation from the Campaign to End Loneliness and their programmes being developed in Wales.

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Gangster Grandparents - Breaking Barriers Community Arts

  • Tuesday 24th May 2016
  • Tuesday 7th June 2016
  • Tuesday 7th June 2016
  • Blaina Community Centre

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

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Tuesday May 24

Everyone has a story to tell especially if you're over 50! No need to spoil a good story with the truth. Poet and printmaker Francesca Kay and breaking Barriers will help you create a fascinating story.

Tuesday June 7

Illustrate your story with print and montage. Have a go at using a printing press and create new characters from old magazines.

Lunch provided by North Ebbw Fach Communities First.

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Intergenerational nature walk at Ty Newydd

  • Saturday 21st May 2016
  • Ty Newydd Writers Centre , Llanystumdwy

Type of Event: Writing Performance

Take a walk in the company of poet Sion Aled along Wood Lane in Eifionydd.

Hear poems about the natural world, and enjoy its 'perfected, accomplished quiet'.

The tour is especially for those over 50, but everyone is welcome. Bring a picnic, followed by coffee at Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy.

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Writing Your Memories - Theatr Gwalia

  • Saturday 21st May 2016
  • Carnegie House (the old library), Bridgend

Type of Event: Writing Workshop


A special Gwanwyn workshop for older people to share their stories at Carnegie House in Bridgend followed by performance.

Have you ever thought about what will happen to your stories? A Local writer wants to hear from you if you want to get them down on paper or ensure they are passed on. 

Bring a story with you or think of one on the day. It could be your first day at school, your wedding day, your family past, the day you were born or something that’s full of humour and you want to get down on paper. Capture your story any way you like - write it down or create voice recordings, letters, poems, key words.

Bring objects, photos or items of clothing to prompt reminiscence and provide inspiration. You can also bring a friend or family member if you would like to preserve your story together. The writer will be on hand to guide and help you discover your story and in the evening there will be an informal reading by actors of all the stories that day that an audience can attend.

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Open to the public

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Caban – an arts taster day for adults living with dementia

  • Tuesday 10th May 2016
  • The Studio, Arts Alive Wales, Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell, NP8 1DG

Type of Event: Art Workshop

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To ‘celebrate creativity in older age’, Arts Alive is offering an arts taster day for adults with a dementia diagnosis and those in a caring role, to enjoy creative activities with professional artists in the relaxing ambience of our Crickhowell studio. Drop in to either morning or afternoon sessions to meet and talk to the Arts Alive Wales team, and to try a range of activities including printmaking and creative writing.

With a new weekly programme of sessions for adults living with dementia starting up on 24 May, this is a chance to find out more and meet the artists who will be running the new programme.

Open 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm

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Parama2 presents Making It!

  • Monday 9th May 2016
  • Preseli Room, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Type of Event: Drama Performance


A presentation of writing from our Making It! workshops.

Free admission but numbers are limited. To book your place contact or phone 07803 161 388.

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Gweithdy Undydd ysgrifennu Llên - One Day Writing Workshop

  • Sunday 8th May 2016
  • Canolfan Ysgrifennu Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

One Day writing workshop with tutor Manon Steffan Ros.

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Paint Pals - Canolfan Ni Corwen

  • Monday 18th April 2016
  • Tuesday 19th April 2016
  • Monday 25th April 2016
  • Tuesday 3rd May 2016
  • Thursday 12th May 2016
  • Tuesday 17th May 2016
  • Canolfan Ni & Ysgol Caer Drewyn, Corwen Denbighshire

Type of Event: Art Workshop

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The PAINT PALS art project is an intergenerational project involving with children from the local primary school Ysgol Caer Drewyn and members of Memory Lane, the Friendship Club based at Canolfan Ni.

The children and adults will be paired to become paint pals and will correspond by postcard, each one writing on a blank card and illustrating the other side with their paintings and drawings. They will do this throughout the month of May, and we will deliver them back and forth to each group.

The project will also include a colouring swap session in which both the adults and selected children from years 1, 2 & 3 will create line drawings that will be swapped with the other group and coloured in.

South Denbighshire Community Partnership

The postcards and drawings will be exhibited at the end of May at Canolfan Ni. All participants, their families and caregivers invited to a special celebratory pop-up exhibition.

For more information about the Memory Lane Friendship Club, please contact Canolfan Ni Corwen.

18th April - Alziemers Society ‘Dementia Awarness” talk to pupils (year 1 to 6) at Ysgol Caer Drewyn .

19th April – Paint Pals session at Canolfan Ni with friendship group.

25th April – Paint Pals session at Ysgol Caer Drewyn.

May 3rd - Paint Pals session at Canolfan Ni with friendship group.

12th May - Paint Pals session at Ysgol Caer Drewyn.

17th May – All participants to be invited to a pop-up exhibition at Canolfan Ni of all the work created during Paint Pals project.

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Making It! Free Drama Scripting Workshop For Older Women

  • Tuesday 15th March 2016
  • Tuesday 22nd March 2016
  • Tuesday 5th April 2016
  • Tuesday 12th April 2016
  • Tuesday 19th April 2016
  • Tuesday 26th April 2016
  • Tuesday 3rd May 2016
  • Monday 9th May 2016
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Drama Workshop


Parama 2 present….

Making It! opportunity for older women to partake in free creative scripting and performance workshops and to exchange ideas in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Making It!

…will be based on the successful Women’s Archive of Wales project Voices From the Factory Floor – an oral history of Welsh women’s working lives in the manufacturing industries

Making It!

…the workshops which run for 9 weeks starting on March 15th, will be led by Parama 2 veteran theatre practitioners Valmai Jones and Catrin Edwards, and hosted by our partners Wales Millennium Centre

Making It!

…is free to all older women who have an interest in creating theatre. The workshops are supported by Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn Festival which is funded by Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales, WI in Wales and Women’s Archive of Wales

Making It!

…to register your interest and for more information, ring Catrin on 07803161388 or email

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De/Constructing Words / Dad/Elfennu Geiriau

  • Tuesday 8th March 2016
  • National Museum Cardiff

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

Poetry workshop for over 50s.


In this fun, interactive session led by poet and performer Clare E. Potter, you will create poetry without the pressure. Taking inspiration from the themes of destruction and construction from the Silent Explosion exhibition, you will make/remake poems by breaking down existing text, and discover how the process of destroying one thing in the making of another is enjoyable, liberating and full of possibility.

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Ty Newydd course: Poetry and Dementia

  • Friday 26th February 2016
  • Sunday 28th February 2016
  • Ty Newydd Writing Centre

Type of Event: Writing Workshop


This course is a taster of what’s involved in embarking on creative writing with people living with dementia. It aims to demonstrate the considerable potential for increased health and wellbeing through this work, as well as covering some of the problems that may be encountered. It will explore the characteristics of dementia as they affect communication, truth telling, editing, ownership of material, collaboration with staff and mentoring. The course will be interactive and will use video and sound recordings to illustrate some aspects in a way that will make participation and understanding easy for everyone.

The course will involve a range of different exercises, and communal discussion will be encouraged as the predominant mode of learning. Handouts will be provided, and books and journals will be available for consultation or purchase. At the end of the course, participants will be equipped with the confidence and materials to embark on their own projects.

Guests to arrive between 4pm and 6.30pm on Friday

Approx Duration: A weekend. Guests to leave at 10am on Sunday

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Aberaeron Creative Writing Group Performance

  • Thursday 28th May 2015
  • Thursday 28th May 2015
  • Tower Room, Cardigan Castle

Type of Event: Writing Performance

Aberaeron Creative Writing Group are hosting a live performance of stories they have written relating to the history of the castle.

They have received some Theatre Forum Cymru training to help them with the transition from a creative writing group into live performing artists.

The audience will be older people form the locality and surrounding area.

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Pinboard Writer's Showcase

  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • St David's Church Hall

Type of Event: Writing Performance

The Pinboard Writing group will be staging an evening of poetry, stories, and memories of places and people, to showcase their work and encourage others to join their workshops.

The audience will have the chance to enjoy an evening of lively, varied writing and have the opportunity to chat to members about their work and what goes on in their regular meetings at the Daniel Owen Centre in Mold, Flintshire.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available.  We heartily welcome anyone interested in creative writing and interested in trying it out for themselves within a friendly, supportive and encouraging group of kindred spirits.

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Poetry and Painting with Elizabeth Ashworth

  • Wednesday 13th May 2015
  • Wednesday 20th May 2015
  • Wednesday 27th May 2015
  • Tan-y-Fron, Extra care Development scheme

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

Artist and poet Elizabeth Ashworth will work with the residents of Tan-y-Fron to produce visual artwork and poetry inspired by the Chardon collection, which is housed at Llandudno Museum.  Closed event for residents of Tan-yFron.

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Vale 50+ Strategy Forum Creative Writing Competition Display

  • Monday 11th May 2015
  • Friday 15th May 2015
  • Barry Library

Type of Event: Writing Exhibition

Chosen entries from the Vale 50+ Strategy Forum creative writing competition will be on display in Barry Library.

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Gwanwyn Festival at Aberyswyth Arts Centre

  • Wednesday 6th May 2015
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Type of Event: Art

A free arts and well being day at Aberystwyth Arts Centre open to anyone aged 50 or over - feel free to come to all or part of the day

A day of free activities with the emphasis on fun and trying something new (tho' we positively welcome people with experience too!)

Sign up to one of our full length sessions or just come along to see what's happening, have some lunch and join in one of our drop in activities

Note - there will be limited places on some activities, so advance booking is essential


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Deadline for Vale 50+ Strategy Forum Creative Writing Competition

  • Friday 24th April 2015
  • Vale 50+ Strategy Forum

Type of Event: Writing Competition

500 word short story or poem on your own topic.  To take part you have to be over 50 and live or work in the Vale of Glamorgan.  Chosen entries will be on display in Barry Library from 11th to 15th May.

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