Gwanwyn festival marks 10th birthday by commissioning five artworks

Posted Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Gwanwyn is marking its 10th birthday by commissioning six Welsh artists to produce one-off works of art inspired by the quote ‘It’s good to look back, but it’s rude to stare’.

Two of the artists – Delyth Jenkins and Prue Thimbleby are from Swansea – While Deborah Winter is from West Wales

Prue Thimbleby

Prue Thimbleby

Delyth and Deborah’s work will combine storytelling and music and explore the relationship between wisdom and insight of age and the creative process.

Prue’s will be an interactive mixture of autobiographic and traditional storytelling and rope making.

Pauline Down

Pauline Down

Pauline Down is from Cardiff and her work will be a vocal performance piece for 12 singers based on the thoughts of people who live in care homes.

Elizabeth Ashworth lives in Llanfairfechan and her work is a booklet of poetry and prose inspired by her experiences and those of other creative older people.

Llangadog-based Elizabeth Brickell is going to produce an art installation of cups and saucers of different sizes. It has been inspired by one of Elizabeth’s former students – an 83-year-old woman called Violet from Neath who liked to drink tea.

Says Emma Robinson, Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn festival coordinator:
“The Gwanwyn festival is celebrating its tenth birthday this year and we wanted to celebrate this special occasion by offering the opportunity for Welsh artists to create a piece of art to mark this important milestone in the festival’s history.
“I’m absolutely overjoyed to be able to work with such a talented group of people to produce such an exciting and diverse range of groundbreaking and thought-provoking projects.”

For all media enquiries, please contact Iwan Rhys Roberts, External Relations Manager – Age Cymru on 029 2043 1562, 07739 894 923,