I wanted to share something with you. In the summer I volunteered with an over-50s group called the Gwanwyn Club run by Age Cymru. The club provides art sessions for those who are over 50 and gives them a chance to experience a wide variety of different art mediums; from acrylic still life painting (my speciality of course) to screen printing, willow sculpture to pottery, creative writing to Photoshop, all free of charge to the participants.
I was expecting to just be there as another pair of hands, I didn’t expect to be creating art alongside the other participants. I am not quite over 50 yet but I was welcomed into the group as one of their own and my artistic input was appreciated as though I knew what I was talking about! The art produced was awe-inspiring.
The project ran for 20 weeks and culminated in a showcase in October. Sadly the showcase only lasted for two hours, far too short to do the artworks justice but the public response was fantastic and I felt like a proud parent to see all the work in one place! I am glad to say the club secured extra funding to continue running throughout the winter. They meet every Monday at Aberystwyth Arts Centre 3D room from 10:30am – 3:30pm with an hour for lunch.
I can honestly say that it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had and I have made lasting friendships with those who took part. It was quite amazing at the bonds that were formed over a mutual love of art. It is proof how life-changing art can be to someone’s quality of life. I hope you enjoy looking at the photos , sorry if some of the quality is not quite there. The link below takes you to the photo of myself and the group after it was all over. There is also a link on there for the Gwanwyn project as a whole.