News from Celf o Gwmpas

After more than 11 years Kayte Phillips our chief executive is moving on.

Kayte joined Celf in 2006 as finance officer before beingappointed chief executive in 2016.

She has helped to guide Celf o Gwmpas through both positive and challenging times which are faced by a small arts charity. Through Kayte’s hard work Celf is now in a stronger position to face the years ahead

Kayte will be sorely missed by everyone involved with Celf o Gwmpas and we wish her lots of luck with her new venture in Portugal.

Artist in Residence Exhibition Preview

We would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to our very succesfull pudding prosecco and preview evening.

The evening marked the opening of our Artists in Residence exhibition which runs until 5th April 2018.
Work on display is by Lou Lockwood, Dawn Mcintyre, Jack Mclafferty and Jo Munton who all had month long residencies at Celf o Gwmpas.
We were also treated to performances by Celf o Gwmpas’ own ‘Etcetera’ and Stephanie Finegan, a rap artist from Bangor.

The four residencies in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru are funded by the Arts Council of Wales and provided a unique experience for Disabled Artists living in Wales to develop their artistic practice.

Scott Berry International Digital Residency

We are excited to have started an International cultural exchange between
Celf o Gwmpas, Canadian artist Scott Berry and the Nina Haggerty Centre, in Edmonton, Canada.

We are jointly hosting a unique “digital residency” to share artistic practice among learning disabled artists.

During March and April, Celf o Gwmpas artists Geraint Edwards and Annie Levy will be working with learning disabled artists at Centre Celf, to devise and exhibit new work inspired by artist Scott Berry.

There will also be an exchange of video blogs between the Nina Haggerty Centre and Celf o Gwmpas. These blogs will Introduce and showcase the participatory art work taking place at both centres and share the working practice of Scott Berry and other artists at the Nina Haggerty Centre, with learning disabled artists at Celf o Gwmpas.

Collaboration on works of art will take place via post, between artists in the UK & Canada and exhibitions will be held at both centres, featuring the collaborative works.

We’ll keep you posted with links to the video blogs so you can check the progress!

X marks the spot

This month we have an Art Hunt at Celf o Gwmpas.
One of our artists has donated a beautiful piece of art to help raise funds to support the work we do at Centre Celf.
We are asking people to buy a square (or more!) @ only £2 a square, and whoever gets the right square, chosen by the artist, wins the painting.

So pop in, choose your square and fill in your name and contact details.
The winner will be announced once all the squares are sold.

2018 Evening Classes

The first of our 2018 evening classes will be starting soon

Willow Garden Structures

with Nicola Luxton
11 April – 16 May 2018

This course can only run on a minimum number basis, so
all classes must be booked and paid for in advance.

For further information or to book a place please contact us 01597 822777
or [email protected]


Our Creative Space Programme is for people living with Dementia and their carers.

Watercolour painting with artist Terri Sweeney

Dates: 21 March, 4, 18 April, 2018

Time: 10.30 – 12.00 noon
Cost: £3.50

Our Create and Inspire Programme is for learning disabled adults and their carers.

Magic Doors with artist Jane Titley

Dates: 10, 17, 24 April, 1, 8, 15 May 2018

Time: 11.00 – 1.00pm
Cost: £3.50 (carers free)




Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival

On Thursday 18 January 2018 Celf o Gwmpas ‘Etcetera’ conducted by Rosie McConnell went to Cardiff for the Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival.

A performance piece, stemming from experiences of mental ill health ‘Etcetera’ which sits on the edge of a comfort zone provided the audience with a bizzare, unusual and entertaining experience. The performance was very well received.
It was an informative day for everyone from Celf o Gwmpas and we were very happy to be invited to perform.

DAC Annual Poetry Competition

We invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of Stronger Together


We want to reflect the feelings of our DAC members about this through poetry: consider the theme personally and/or politically, for example:- relationships; partnerships; families; the power of people together; Unity; Solidarity or in response to Brexit and issues around Immigration.




Vivi Mari Carpelan “The Alchemy of a Wedding

The competition follows the same theme as this year’s DAC annual exhibition. If you would like to use the exhibition for inspiration you can view the work at:

There will be two prizes of £50 awarded and selected poems will be part of an e-publication
The Judges are Dominic Williams and Dr Sion Aled Owen.

For full entry detail click on this link to download

or Email:  [email protected] com  or [email protected]

Or telephone  02920551040

Dewis Cymru

Stay well through the Dewis website

Dewis Cmru logoLooking for advice on staying well ? Then look no further than the Dewis Cymru website.

The website is the place for information about all issues relating to well-being in Wales, as well as the first point of information about local organisations and services that can help.

The website includes information on key topics: Being Well; Being Social; Being at Home; Being Safe; Managing Your Money; Children and Families and Looking After Someone.

The Being Well section looks at a range of issues, including indoor and outdoor activities, healthy relationships (including sexual health) and dealing with medication. It also details five ways of being well (connecting with people, being active, keep learning, taking notice of your surroundings and volunteering).

Bethan Jones Edwards, Head of Regional Collaboration of the North Wales Social Care and Well-being Services Improvement Collaborative, said: “Being well isn’t just about being physically healthy and free from illness, it’s also how you feel about yourself and your life as a whole.

“People often have a greater sense of well-being when they have strong social networks, suitable housing, they are in employment and/or education (if they wish to be) and they are healthy, both physically and emotionally.

“The Dewis Cymru website is a great one stop shop for all the information you need about well-being. There is a directory of services and activities available in your community. It’s all about pointing people in the right direction to the wealth of support already available”.

People can visit the website to register and to access details of support available in their county.

If you require any additional information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Lisa Williams

Pennaeth Gwirfoddoli, Lles a Chymorth y Sector – Arweinydd Iechyd a Gofal Cymdeithasol / Head of Volunteering, Wellbeing & Sector Support – Health & Social Care Lead

Ffôn/Tel: 01824 702 441 / 01824 709 317

e-bost/email: [email protected]

Engage to Change

New Website

Learning Disability WalesEngage to Change have recently launched their new website –

The Engage to Change project is currently running across the whole of Wales to support young people aged 16-25 with a learning disability and/or autism into paid work placements lasting 6-12 months.

We aim to help 1000 of these young people achieve their full potential by developing experience and transferable skills in the workplace through a person-centred approach which will give them further opportunities and enable them to compete in the labour market. To do this we are working with 800 employers over five years, offering job coaching and employment support to both young person and employer.

This project is made possible through funding from the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Welsh Government. Please visit the new website for further information.

Literature Wales

Land of Legends

Land of Legends is a new website which takes visitors on an interactive storybook tour through Wales, enabling them to plan a personalised trip based around their favourite books and legends.

Showcasing the best of Welsh literature, culture, and myths right in the places which created and inspired them, Land of Legends will take visitors on magical journeys to the heart of the stories and characters which made Wales.

Visit Land of Legends now and start planning your next adventure:


People Dancing

New Website

people-dancingWith our web traffic stats having more than doubled, early indicators for the new-look People Dancing website have proved very positive.

The bolder, more image driven site has been designed for easier navigation, presenting all the latest People Dancing content in the key areas of developing dance practice, developing dance participation and membership services, including the facility to become a People Dancing member online.

So go to for all of this, plus details on our online learning programmes, publications, courses and events listings, jobs news, funding opportunities and useful contacts and links.

Twitter: @PeopleDancingUK
Instagram: people_dancing_uk

Learning Disability Wales

Engage to Change

Learning Disability WalesThere is now an additional page on our website for information about our Engage to Change project.

You can find the page here:

Please have a look around to find out more about how Engage to Change will support 1000 young people with Learning disabilities, difficulties and/or autism, across Wales find employment.

For any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Jenna Trakins, Project Manager  email: [email protected]

Tel: 029 2068 1160

People Dancing


People dancing logoLook out for the summer issue of Participate, our biannual newspaper that profiles individuals and communities dancing in participatory settings. This latest issue features dancers and dance born out of a wide range of different bodies and settings, for example:

• as part of a mobile technology project
• following a profoundly Deaf artist in a Bharatanatyam/hip hop fusion
• profiling an all-women’s group from the North East
• celebrating a series of dance organisations marking major milestones
• exploring dance in South Asian communities
• dancing by older people
• dancing in Lebanon, as part of Big Dance 2016.

Participate is available on our website, while hard copies will be posted to People Dancing members.

RawFfest Gwylgrai

RawFfest Website

RawFfestThe RawFfest website has been launched and is available at   or

The first Youth Arts Festival for Wales is taking place at the Riverfront, and other venues in Newport,

from August 18th – 21st.

There will be a wide variety of performances, workshops and events and it should be a great experience for

14 -25 year olds.

We will be sending you details 0f the programme when we have it but further details are on their website.