Celf O Gwmpas is hosting a week of events and activities in celebration of arts and mental health as part of WALLS:MURIAU, the Welsh Mental Health Arts Festival 2016
Artist in residence Stephen Park and Powys artist Blue MacAskill are engaging and working with artists who have experience of mental ill health from across the county. Working together, they are developing knowledge, practice, experience and creative aspirations and promoting wider understanding of arts and mental health.
Exhibition Preview at Centre Celf, Llandrindod Wells
Providing a platform for the artists involved to exhibit and screen work. With over 30 Artists involved on a National Level, this exhibition will be made up of sculpture, paintings, drawings, film, ceramics and more.
Image © Jessica Crookes
In parallel with Stephen Park: Residency Exhibition
Showing new work created during his residency stay over the course of six months in Llandrindod Wells. This new work sees Stephen return to sculpture after a 20 year hiatus.
Stephen Park Sculpture Series
Performance at Centre Celf, Llandrindod Wells
Performances/Stand-up comedy evening with:
Artist in residence. Stephen will be compering the evening. Stephen will also be conducting ‘Talkestra’ - an impromptu performance piece.
Writer, performer and outsider artist. Performing: a little added nuts : a wittily honest look thru seans eyes using humorous live art to examine the stigmatising language around mental distress and find strength and beauty hidden beneath those wounding words. this performance even includes the chance to win real art prizes!
Harriet Dyer - Barking at Aeroplanes.
Harriet is sangry (sad and angry) that her oddball escapades often end in folk trying to section her. Join this whimsy beast as she explores the thin between being eccentric and 'mental.' The line may be a little thinner than first anticipated. "Instinctively funny" - Chortle "A bundle of whimsical hilarity... a breath of fresh air... will have you in stitches" - Broadway Baby "Loveable and delightful" - Three Weeks
Panel discussion & Artists Talks – Centre Celf, Llandrindod WellsArtists in training presenting their practice with Stephen Park talking about his residency and:
Having worked as a support worker for Mind and our current Artist in Residence, Stephen will lead the panel discussion surrounding the barriers in arts and mental health.
Exploring stigma and 'self-stigma’ being more the visible consequence of deeper engrained structural attitudes towards mental distress - politics, moneys (lack of), prejudice, human rights and the 'ownership of our voices’.
Senior Officer, PAVO Mental Health Team, psychotherapist and trainer exploring forms of expression that bypasses a diagnosis in the minds of both client and mental health worker, and leading an investigation of creativity as a tool for encounters at different levels of experience.
Former Celf o Gwmpas mentored artist and instigator of Celf-Able, a group of disabled artists in Mid-Wales, who meet to do art together, share skills and break down barriers.
Drop-in Workshop with Amanda Wells and the Celf-Able group
Amanda Wells and her Celf-Able group are offering a free drop-in session at the Centre Celf workshop where you are invited to come in and express your creative voice and ‘have-a-go’ and making art! This is free of charge and will provide an insight to the types of projects ran at Celf o Gwmpas.
Artist Talk - Blue MacAskill
"Art with Impact” Using artwork to understand the experience of mental illness: Mainstream artists and Outsider artists Can we get past where it’s come from and call it ART in the mainstream - Touching on teaching film and art in a safe and therapeutic way to produce work that helps with the challenge of living with illness. A talk/discussion with Blue MacAskill Artist and Filmmaker Image By Blue MacAskill / National Library of Wales Residency Archive