Helfa Gelf Open Studios 2018/19 programme

We are getting close to the time for opening registration for this year’s Open Studios event, and we have already been planning furiously.

We know we have funding for our Training Programme and you will have seen mailings about forthcoming events. 

However we don’t yet know whether we will get Arts Council Wales funding for the Open Studio event, and may not know until the end of March.   We are intending to go ahead in one form or another whether we get funding or not, and have an exciting programme of exhibitions lined up.  In any case Bronze membership, giving a year’s access to a webpage, exhibitions and reduced cost training benefits, will be going ahead unchanged.

Also we have been updating the website, with an attractive new look to the Home pages and a simplified registration process, which will require you to enter all information for the booklet before you pay – so make sure you have all the information you need to start with!

You may notice we have just advertised for a Project Coordinator, so if you are interested do get in touch via [email protected]for more information, or pass the details on to anyone else you think might like to do it.

If you have any questions please get in touch with your local cluster leader: 

Sara-Jane Harper – [email protected]
Ceri Wright – [email protected]

Honor Pedican – [email protected]

Tara Dean – [email protected]
Ruth Thomas – [email protected]
Rebecca Parrin – [email protected]

JudithSamuel – [email protected]

Sue Arney – [email protected]
Val Lewin – [email protected]
Anne Skinner – [email protected]

National Trust

Art Workshops

A fusion of art, myth and environmentalism! We’re teaming up with rap legend Mr Phormula, drama champion Vickie from Pigtown Theatre and artist extraordinaire Ben Davis, to explore flooding through the eyes of local mythical creature, Yr Afanc.

Join us at the Conwy Comrades Club, Saturday 14 October, between 11am – 3pm for this free event and fun for all the family.

Tying in with Visit Wales’ Year of Legends, we’ve teamed up with Pigtown Theatre CIC, to celebrate the fascinating tale of Yr Afanc, which hails from the ancient Mabinogion. It’s a story about a mythical creature who made its home in Afon Conwy. According to the legend, local flooding events and disruption to farmers’ crops and livestock were thought to be linked to Yr Afanc’s bad mood.

Ranger, Robert Parkinson said, “We’re calling on the community to help us create a 6 metre- long Afanc and explore the question – How can we keep Yr Afanc happy today?”

Families are encouraged to call in and help local artist Ben Davis create a life-sized Afanc from willow, driftwood and plastic waste. There will also be children’s rap workshops and the opportunity to star in the filming of the Afanc rap story led by Mr Phormula and Pigtown.  Rap and filming sessions last about 45 minutes and run at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.                               

The community day builds on a week-long series of workshops run at several local schools. Robert Parkinson added, “Yr Afanc has been a great tool for discussing local flooding and it’s a nice way to celebrate our Welsh heritage as well.”

As part of the Upper Conwy Catchment Project, run in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, the team has been looking at how water quality and water flow at the source on the Migneint, can affect flooding downstream in the Conwy Valley.

There will be a chance for people to learn more about the National Trust’s work with its partners over tea and coffee; suggest new ways of working and celebrate our rich heritage by getting creative.

Look out for the modern-day, life size Afanc at Conwy Food Festival later this month.

For more details please go to: http://bit.ly/2y17k6O  

Community Wellbeing

Conwy Wellbeing Autumn Programmes 

Your Community Wellbeing—The community wellbeing programme is changing. We will continue to  promote and support  activities in the community. We will also be offering specific health related sessions for people living with chronic health   conditions.  If you would like more information please feel free to contact us or speak to your social care or health practitioner.  To find out about support and  activities taking place near you visit  www.dewis.wales

For information about the following groups – 

Abergele and Pensarn


please contact Clara Jones on 0300 456 1111 or email [email protected]

For information about activities in –




please contact Helen Jackson on 01492 574048 or email [email protected]