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Voices from the Edge: Murmurations - cARTrefu at Craft in the Bay Cardiff

  • Saturday 13th May 2017
  • Wednesday 19th July 2017
  • Craft in the Bay, Cardiff

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

(English)
Michal Iwanowski

This exhibition encompasses the works of five visual artists who have spent two years working with residents of care homes across Wales as part of Age Cymru's cARTrefu programme.

Each artist created a nurturing environment where residents felt relaxed and encouraged to share fond memories and forgotten stories.

Emma Prentice

Through responding to this unique interaction, the artists were able to connect with the older people, some of whom live with dementia. As a direct result of this connection the artists were inspired to develop their practice and create work which expressed the sensitivity and fragility of these shared experiences, capturing and amplifying the past glories of the people they met.

Claire Cawte

The spectrum of works in the exhibition is very broad, yet there is a common thread - to showcase the experiences of the older people - creating a wider audience and challenging society's assumption of older age.


Ticky Lowe

Exhibiting artists: Emma Prentice/Michal Iwanowski/Prue Thimbleby/Ticky Lowe/Claire Cawte

Artist Residency projects running alongside the exhibition and taking place in the exhibition area:

Photographic Collage with Michal Iwanowski on Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th June, 11:00 - 13:00 each day.

Sculpture in clay & found objects with Emma Prentice on Sunday 11th June, 11:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00

Stitch and feltwork with Claire Cawte on Tuesday 20th June, 11:00 - 13:00, Wednesday 21st June, 11:00 - 13:00, Thursday 22nd June, 11:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00


Prue Thimbleby

Booking required for all workshops as places are limited to six people per session.

Suitable for all ages and abilities. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Become a Dementia Friend - free talk at 2pm in Craft in the Bay provided by the Alzheimer's Society. The Dementia Friends programme is the UK’s biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Watch the Dementia Friends online video.

The exhibition and workshops run alongside Age Cymru's Gwanwyn Festival, celebrating creativity in older age.

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Explore, Create, Celebrate - Egin Conwy Outdoor Learning Wales

  • Friday 19th May 2017
  • Nant y Glyn Forest School, Colwyn Bay

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

(English) Explore, Create, Celebrate is an event to showcase and celebrate the nature inspired creativity of a group of older people from the Colwyn Bay area engaged in a project with the Community Wellbeing Team and the Conwy Outdoor Learning Network.

Working with a local story teller and forest school leader, a trail has been developed around a woodland site dotted with hand crafted chairs made by the project participants from which they will be sharing stories and poems that they have created to excite and inspire others to seek enjoyment from the outdoors.

The event is taking place in a working woodland with unsurfaced forestry tracks. Visitors to the event will need to wear suitable footwear and clothing for the outdoors. There are no indoor facilities. In the event of wet weather, a large tarpaulin shelter will be erected over the main fire area with adequate coverage for guests. There is a compost toilet in the woodland.

Two sessions: 1 - 3pm and 5 - 7pm. FREE but advance booking is essential. Hot and cold drinks and refreshments will also be provided around the camp fire.

When people book, they will be sent details about finding the woodland, information about parking and access.

The event is being coordinated by the Conwy Community Wellbeing Team and GD Informal Education / Nant y Glyn Forest School on behalf of the Egin Conwy Outdoor Learning Network.

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Legends Walks at Trefriw Walking Festival

  • Friday 19th May 2017
  • Sunday 21st May 2017

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

(English)

Trefriw Walking Festival is Snowdonia's most popular walking festival, and this year the trails will be bustling with story-tellers as they unveil their Legends Walks as part of Gwanwyn 2017.

For information on this year's walks and links to where you can book visit their website.

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Chwedlau’r Wyddfa / Lenyddiaeth Cymru / Ty Newydd

  • Sunday 14th May 2017
  • Gweithdy undydd yn Nhy Newydd, Llanystumdwy

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

Gweithdy ysgrifennu creadigol – Chwedlau

Beth ydi’r gwahaniaeth rhwng chwedl a stori? Mae chwedlau yn oesol ac mae pawb yn gwybod o leiaf un chwedl ar lafar, ond sut mae ysgrifennu chwedl?

Cawn gyfle i ddysgu mwy am y grefft o ysgrifennu chwedl, a phwy â ?yr efallai mai’r chwedlau a gaiff eu ysgrifennu yn y gweithdy fydd y chwedlau y bydd pobl yn eu hadrodd ar lafar mewn hanner can mlynedd.

Cefnogir gan Ganolfan Ysgrifennu T? Newydd Llanystumdwy a Llenyddiaeth Cymru

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Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise - Fishguard Storytelling

  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Peppers Café at West Wales Art Gallery

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

(English) Story Night: Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise.

Floor spot performances by people over 50 who have taken part in the preparatory Storytelling and Performance Skills workshop, plus a guest storyteller over 50 to inspire, entertain and demonstrate how creativity can continue to blossom in our mature years.

The main story shared by the guest teller (Mary Medlicott) will be Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise - a striking Alaskan legend of two old women refusing to succumb to a terrible fate.

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Chwedlau’r Wyddfa / Lenyddiaeth Cymru / Ty Newydd

  • Tuesday 9th May 2017
  • Taith drên ar Reilffordd Llyn Padarn, Llanberis

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

Taith Trên Lenyddol Chwedlau’r Wyddfa

yng nghwmni’r bardd Karen Owen yn rhoi sgwrs am lenorion ardal yr Wyddfa gan ddarllen darnau o’u gweithiau, e.e. T Rowland Hughes, R Williams Parry, T H Parry Williams, Kate Roberts a W J Gruffydd yn ogystal â gwaith beirdd mwy modern sy’n fyw heddiw.

Mae’r trip yn gyfle i bobl werthfawrogi barddoniaeth a llenyddiaeth a hefyd cymdeithasu mewn digwyddiad hamddenol, braf.

Cefnogir gan Ganolfan Ysgrifennu Ty Newydd Llanystumdwy a Llenyddiaeth Cymru

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The Vale of Grwyne Memory Box - Puppet Soup

  • Saturday 29th April 2017
  • Sunday 30th April 2017
  • Saturday 6th May 2017
  • Sunday 7th May 2017
  • Llangenny Village Hall

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

(English) Puppet Soup invite you to share your stories, share your skills and share meals in these two weekends creating a memory box for the Vale of Grwyne.

Join Puppet Soup to create puppets, crafts and tell your story. Whether you'd like to tell a story, make a puppet, or create a show or simple have two lovely weekends of food and fun company then you are welcome on this project!

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Spring Into Storytelling - Fishguard Storytelling

  • Wednesday 26th April 2017
  • Neuadd-y-Pentref TREMARCHOG / ST. NICHOLAS Village Hall

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

(English) An enjoyable and welcoming Storytelling & Performance Skills Workshop for those over 50, led by experienced storyteller and workshop facilitator Deb Winter.

A relaxed, friendly, supportive workshop that is all about actively practising storytelling and performance skills and gaining confidence.

Beginners can learn new skills; those with some experience can practice and polish their skills or experiment with new material in a supportive environment.

There will be fun and laughter and lots more activity than listening.

The workshop has a follow-up event on 10 May – a Straeon Gwaun Story Night – where participants will have the opportunity to perform a ‘floor spot’ in front of a friendly audience.

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The Story Weavers - an evening of storytelling and celtic harp

  • Friday 21st October 2016
  • Pontardawe Arts Centre

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

(English) Delyth Jenkins, Deborah Winter and Prue Thimbleby bring you a special show commissioned by the 2016 Gwanwyn Festival.

The Silver Wheel
A story of love, loss and transformation. Join Deborah, Delyth and Prue on a magical journey to the stars.

Threads of Fate
The ancient goddesses of destiny have been spinning and weaving the threads of our lives for century after century. but new hands take hold of the thread - with strange consequences.....

The Secret of Contentment
by Prue Thimbleby
Two stories woven together with autobiography and an interactive demonstration of rope making.

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Telling Tales - Performance at Montgomery Castle

  • Saturday 21st May 2016
  • Montgomery Castle

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

(English) Storytelling interspersed with live folk music. This live performance follows a series of Gwanwyn workshops organised by Traditional Arts Support in the Community.

TASC Storytelling fb post final

In the event of wet weather the event may be moved to the Dragon Hotel. Please visit the organizer's Facebook page for updates.

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Writing Your Memories - Theatr Gwalia

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

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

(English) Closeup

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.

For more information about the day contact theatrgwalia@gmail.com
 
Open to the public

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Dementia Day at Cardiff Central Library

  • Friday 20th May 2016
  • Cardiff Central Library, The Hayes, Cardiff

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

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Telling Tales Workshops

  • Wednesday 4th May 2016
  • Wednesday 11th May 2016
  • Wednesday 18th May 2016
  • Dragon Hotel, Montgomery

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

(English) This event introduces you to the ancient art of storytelling and the shows you how to put some of those techniques into practice.

It concludes with a community event where the stories are interspersed with live folk music.

TASC Storytelling fb post final

May 4th, (8pm) Introduction Event
May 11th, (8pm) Storytelling workshops
May 18th (8pm) Storytelling workshops

The final performance will be on Saturday, May 21st at 5pm at Montgomery Castle.

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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

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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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I Wish I Knew Then ... Performance

  • Saturday 23rd May 2015
  • Abbey Dingle Nursing Home

Type of Event: Drama Performance

(English) ‘I wish I knew then…’ an intergenerational project connecting children and the older generation through storytelling and performance within the community.

We all have had those ‘I wish I knew then’ moments and of course, the older generation with their long life experiences have tons of stories and knowledge to share with the younger generations.

At Abbey Dingle Care Home over May, children from the local community will be collecting and gathering stories from people living at Abbey Dingle Care Home to make an exciting performance called ‘I wish I knew then…’ where they will re-enact and tell the stories they discover from the people at Abbey Dingle Care Home and use it as a way to celebrate life and the stories that come along with it.

This project will come to a finale on the 23rd of May at 3pm for a performance at Abbey Dingle Care Home, as part of the Gwanwyn 2015 arts project.  The performance is open to the local community and we will be serving food and drink.

Please come along to share a unique experience as old and young come together to create something wonderful together.

All ages welcome for performance!

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Framed by Flowers

  • Wednesday 20th May 2015
  • Park Day Centre

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

(English)

Storyteller Amy Douglas will be at the Park Day centre telling stories on the theme of flowers. Flowers that would evoke memories and happy experiences.  This is a closed session and only open to clients attending the day centre
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Pinboard Writer's Showcase

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

Type of Event: Writing Performance

(English) 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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Framed By Flowers

  • Saturday 9th May 2015
  • Oriel Davies Gallery

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

(English) Births, romances, weddings, friends and funerals – all of life's important moments are marked by flowers.

As the earth wakes and the buds swell, join storyteller and author Amy Douglas for a morning of flower maidens, fragrant memories and floral fancies.

A fun and particpatory workshop, we will explore the myth of Blodeuwedd; rhymes; sayings and memories awakened by flowers to inspire poetry and creative prose.

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I Wish I Knew Then ... Workshops

  • Saturday 9th May 2015
  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Abbey Dingle Nursing Home

Type of Event: Drama Workshop

(English) ‘I wish I knew then…’ an intergenerational project connecting children and the older generation through storytelling and performance within the community.

We all have had those ‘I wish I knew then’ moments and of course, the older generation with their long life experiences have tons of stories and knowledge to share with the younger generations.

At Abbey Dingle Care Home over May, children from the local community will be collecting and gathering stories from people living at Abbey Dingle Care Home to make an exciting performance called ‘I wish I knew then…’ where they will re-enact and tell the stories they discover from the people at Abbey Dingle Care Home and use it as a way to celebrate life and the stories that come along with it.

This project will come to a finale on the 23rdof May at 3pm for a performance at Abbey Dingle Care Home, as part of the Gwanwyn 2015 arts project.  The performance is open to the local community and we will be serving food and drink.

Please come along to share a unique experience as old and young come together to create something wonderful together.

All ages welcome for performance!

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