Arts project ends with sculpture unveiling
A 2 year arts care project involving residents at Gwalia Mynydd Mawr culminated in the unveiling of a new sculpture on Wednesday 5th November.
The ‘Yma a Nawr’ project was funded by the Baring Foundation and delivered by Carmarthen-based Arts Care Gofal Celf. The project brought professional artists of various disciplines into Gwalia’s Mynydd Mawr nursing home to work with people living there. Residents’ families also took part along with Gwalia staff and children from local schools who were invited into the home to take part in intergenerational workshops. Sessions included printing, textiles, sketching and songwriting.
Jodie Boyd, Occupational Therapist at Gwalia, said: "The arts are proven to have numerous benefits within residential and nursing care settings, the storytelling and reminiscence work is particularly successful when a person’s short-term memory has started to deteriorate but their memories from years ago remain intact. The work Arts Care Gofal Celf has done with the art group members has rekindled imaginations, triggered memories, provided opportunities for socialising and conversation and increased self-esteem."
The sculpture unveiling formed part of a day of celebrations regarding the project, attended by residents, family members, artists and schoolchildren, as well as staff and board members from Gwalia.
As well as an exhibition of artwork created during the project, attendees enjoyed a performance of ‘playback theatre’ by the Golden Thread Theatre Company, in which experiences of people involved in the project were presented back to them as individualised pieces of drama.
Pictured: (1) Sculptor Rebecca Buck, staff member Bernadette Evans and resident Brian Leach, (2) Attendees at the unveiling, (3) The Golden Thread Theatre Company.