Poke The Muse/Procio ‘r Awen is back for June

Poke the Muse is back throughout June, and this months theme is poetry and art.

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Prompts will be available for inspiration should you wish to use them, but everyone is encouraged to work on their own projects at their own speed and however they wish.

As always, creativity is encouraged in a unique, relaxing and supportive atmosphere with likeminded folk.

Work produced during the sessions will be exhibited – should you so wish.

The dates for the June Poke the Muse sessions are:

Monday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The session on Monday 13th June is a special workshop featuring Carol Downes, exploring the works of Paul Klee and how poetry can influence art.
The session will involve listening and reading the poetry provided and responding to this visually, then converting the image to a Batik (Wax resist method on fabric).

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Sessions are £1 contribution per person – refreshments are available at 50p each.  booking is essential as places are limited.

For more details or to book your place, please contact Dee on 07982 709621 or via email dee.rivaz@gmail.com

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Rhyl Reflections at The Grand Hotel, Llandudno

This weeks session of Rhyl Reflections took us to THE GRAND HOTEL in Llandudno, where our special guests Derek and Doreen were staying.

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Derek and Doreen came to Rhyl from Horden – a village in County Durham – which was a mining village until the closure of the Horden Colliery. Derek worked down the mines right up until they closed in 1987.

Derek and Doreen visited Rhyl in 1966 where they stayed at the Derbyshire Miners Holiday Camp on Marsh Road – which coincidentally is the very road where our partners Communities 1st are now based.

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Both shared their fond memories of how clean and pleasant Rhyl was, and how posh they though the area was!  They told us of memories of their visits to the fair, of swimming in the swimming pool on the Holiday Camp – something which their 18 month old son would try to do whilst fully clothed within an hour of their arrival in Rhyl!

Other memories included enjoying the lively on-site entertainment and of seeing the many steam trains arrive and leave Rhyl, full of holiday makers – and how the train drivers would toot their whistle to the delight of the on looking children.

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Derek and Doreen remember the on-site entertainment team keeping the guests up-to-date with the 1966 World Cup Knock-Out rounds, and how they listened to the final on the coach back home – a happy memory indeed as it was the year England beat Germany to win their one and only World Cup.

In 1986, Doreen and Derek moved to Llandudno – something they would have never done had it not been for their visit to Rhyl 20 years earlier – which opened their eyes to how different life in Rhyl could be from the current life they were leading.

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A huge thank you to Derek and Doreen for sharing their wonderful memories of Rhyl with us.
Also, massive thanks to the folk at The Grand in Llandudno for allowing us to film on site – such a beautiful building.
And as always, thank you to the Rhyl Reflections team for all your hard work as we push on with the project.

The lovely photos are courtesy of Linda Hurst.

Animal Magic with The Alzheimers Society at TAPE

Starting 26th May and running every Thursday till 30th June 2016, The Alzheimers Society will hold a new group here at TAPE – Animal Magic.

Come join us for a cuppa and watch a variety of animal programs from back in the day.

The group open to people with dementia and their carers.

Animal Magic is free of charge, but booking is essential as places are limited.

To book a place or for more information call 01352 700 717 or email TSNNorthwales@alzheimers.org.uk

 

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Poke The Muse – new session details

With thanks to Gwanwyn for a grant to help celebrate their fesival of creativity in older age, TAPE Community Arts Centre is offering two afternoon workshops on 9th and 16th May, as part of their Poke the Muse group sessions.

Aiming to offer a creative ‘oasis’, whatever your experience or skill,  these sessions offer the opportunity to work in a relaxed setting with materials on hand to explore portraiture in writing or art. You are free to work individually of course but we also hope people will have a go at collaborating to draw out each other’s stories in image and word.  There will be plenty of inspiration and guidance, if required.

On hand too, will be pencils, pens, paper, paints, rollers, stamps and other materials to use as you wish.  Participants will be invited to submit artwork or writing developed during and after the event, for inclusion in a collection of outcomes and a month long exhibition which will open during the Gwanwyn Festival week.

People are too used to thinking, talking or portraying themselves in an apologetic way.  These sessions will invite you to  poke your apologetic self in the ribs and take time out to have fun, surprise yourself and to celebrate what you love about yourself and your life!

Sessions are free, however places are limited. Please contact Dee to book your place on 07982 709621 or email dee.rivaz@gmail.com

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Further Poke The Muse sessions

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Following the success of the first series of sessions, we can confirm that Dee Rivaz will be returning for a further two more of the Poke The Muse sessions.

The additional Poke The Muse will run on:

Monday 9th May

Monday 16th May

and an exhibition of the work produced will run from the 27th May 2016.

More information to follow soon.

Sessions are free, however places are limited. Please contact Dee to book your place on 07982 709621 or email dee.rivaz@gmail.com

 

Additional Poke The Muse sessions confirmed

Following the taster workshop of ‘Poke The Muse’/’Procio ‘r Awen in March, local artist Dee Rivaz will be offering 3 further workshops on Monday the 4th, 11th and 18th April, from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Sessions are free, however places are limited. Please contact Dee to book your place on 07982 709621 or email dee.rivaz@gmail.com

Whatever your experience or skill, these sessions aim to offer a creative ‘oasis’; the opportunity to work in a relaxed setting with materials on hand to explore ideas in writing or art.  You are free to work individually or in collaboration with others and we hope you will experiment outside your comfort zone, perhaps trying a different medium to work in or working with someone else on a collaborative piece…

ptm1 ptm3Following an introduction of the session theme, participants are simply guided to the display of prompts and suggestions to respond as and how they like.  Pencils, pens, paper, paints, rollers, stamps and other materials are available on a self help basis: with a limited stock offered for sale to take for home use.  You are invited to leave spontaneous work for exhibition and to submit any future work developed out of the sessions for inclusion in exhibitions and publications.

We hope in due course to inspire and gather enough material to add open mic sessions to the exhibition of outcomes and to set up a Folk Art-Lit Press, a small publishing house that caters for writers and artists in the community.

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There is an exhibition currently running at TAPE, to give an idea of what went on at the taster event for ‘Poke The Muse’/’Procio ‘r Awen in March, and some of the work that came out of it.  Participants are welcome to submit artwork or writing developed after the event at any time they like for inclusion in future exhibitions, publications and open mic events.

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With thanks to Conwy Arts and Creative Wellbeing for the kind sponsorship of Poke the Muse/Procio ‘r Awen.

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Episode 2 of the Conwy Community Podcast is now available

In our second episode the team talks to Constable Robert Newton-Miller, the Diversity Officer for North Wales Police.

In a fascinating conversation, Rob and the CCP team discuss his work around hate crime and community policing, as well as listening to Rob’s own journey through the force and plans for upcoming police initiatives.

The podcast also features a bonus piece of music from local songwriter, Ellion Priest. Her song ‘Offa’s Dyke’ was written, recorded and performed entirely by Ellion herself and we are chuffed to be able to present her work here. Enjoy!

 

‘Are You Having A Laugh’ comes to TAPE

The lovely folk at The Alzheimers Society are launching a brand new session here at TAPE.

‘Are You Having a Laugh’ is a comedy show where you can relax and have a laugh, have a natter over a brew and meet new people in a safe and friendly environment.

Sessions start 7th April 2016, 2pm till 3pm at TAPE Community Music and Film.

Sessions are free of charge but booking is essential as the places are limited.

For more information or to book a place, call 01352 700717 or email TSNNorthwales@alzheimers.org.uk

The group is open to people with dementia and their carers.

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