Arts, Business & Health 2017
Sponsored by Cartrefi Conwy
Winner: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Liam Evans Ford, Theatr Clwyd, Elizabeth Aylett, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board & Amanda Mealing
Image by Glenn Edwards
The Health Board funded Theatr Clwyd to devise and deliver Arts from the Armchair, weekly workshops at a clinic for people with early onset memory loss. A range of practitioners, from actors, to musicians, to costume makers and scene painters, talk to the group, sharing their work and leading practical activities connected to it. Linking each workshop with the current production engages the group directly and encourages them to visit the theatre. The Health Board is delighted that a wholehearted, caring and inclusive approach from all at the theatre has brought comfort to patients and carers and proved that first hand experience of a cultural space is accessible and welcoming to them. Theatr Clwyd places health and wellbeing at the core of its work and the judges unanimiously agreed that the project is the epitome of an Arts & Health partnership.
Pendine Park Care Organisation
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia, Pendine Park worked with textile artist Cefyn Burgess on an intergenerational project which focussed on the links between Caernarfon and the Welsh colony. School children worked with residents of the business’ Bryn Seiont Newydd to gather memories and produce embroidery for exhibition at the care home. The project deepened the understanding between generations, cementing the care home's place at the heart of the community.
R M Jones Joinery
The business’ first arts partnership was with the North Wales International Music Festival. It sponsored the Community Tour, which takes high quality live music to people unable to attend festival concerts. Performances took place in care homes, hospices, hospitals and schools across the area, reaching an audience of over 3,000. Feedback emphasised the life enhancing benefits that the live music performances had brought to all who attended and the business is delighted to continue its support in 2017.