A project in Llandudno is proving that ‘anyone can be an artist’ as local people flocked to classes at the Freehaus Art School, housed in the former RAFA Club building in Augusta Street. There were different art activities every week over seven weeks.
On the 26 to 29 August, 11am to 4pm, the work created will be on public view at the Freehaus Art School Exhibition, 26 Augusta Street. Activities included book binding, drawing, flower arranging, hat making, installation, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
“The workshops have been inventive and dynamic, allowing participants to experiment and take risks. Our students have worked outside their comfort zones, built confidence and learnt though their experiences,” says Emrys Williams, CALL lead artist.
The Art School Exhibition is curated by Emrys and will show examples of work from all students with videos and photographs to illustrate how the workshop projects evolved.
“Being here in the heart of the community I have watched people walk past the building and drop in to talk to us. They have been inspired, signed up, joined the classes and created exciting art works. It has been amazing to encourage students who assume they can’t ‘do art’ to recognise and release their creativity,” says Nadine Carter-Smith, Artist, Freehaus Associate and workshop facilitator.
The FreeHaus Art School is part of CALL’s “Lost Spaces” project, which sees the Social Enterprise developing cultural activities in disused and derelict buildings in Llandudno. CALL has received financial support from the Arts Council Wales Ideas: People: Places grant and Mostyn Estates Ltd. to facilitate this initiative.
“The Student exhibition has a rich range of exciting work from all sections of the community, young and old. Workshops have been held at Freehaus, around the town, on the beach and in other buildings such as the Tabernacle and in ‘Lost Spaces’ in Llandudno. I encourage everyone to come to the exhibition,” says Emrys.
More information can be found on the CALL Facebook Page www.facebook.com/cultureactionllandudno.
“CALL (CIC) is running a three-year regeneration programme which will develop cultural experiences in Llandudno. The Art School has allowed students to realise their own creativity in a supportive environment working with practicing artists. The exhibition is a celebration and recognition of their talent and unleashed creativity,” says Sabine Cockrill, Director at CALL (CIC).
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