It’s five years since we started The Escape Artists – yup, time flies – and a lot has happened since then.
In September 2018, with the support of the Big Lottery, we were delighted to be able to set upStill Life,a new art group, in Conwy town, for people who have been bereaved. Our new Still Life group in Abergele started in May and then moved to Rhos on Sea in July.
These are friendly, informal (and free) groups with professional artists running each workshop in a wide range of media – painting, model making, sculpture, paper cutting, photography…
Since we started in 2014, The Escape Artists have run Altered Images, a weekly art group and creative writing group for residents at Ty Newydd approved premises, in Bangor.
This project is supported by the Arts Council for Wales and our group has won multiple national awards for art and writing. In 2018 members again won a clutch of medals in the prestigious Koestler Awards for sculpture, poetry, painting and photography.
2014 was a busy year- we also ran The Word: Conwy: a festival of words headlined by National Poet for Wales Gillian Clarke.
The two day festival was run on a pay-what-you-can basis and was open to everybody, featuring words of all kinds: spoken, braille, cartoons and graffiti.
And that year we began weekly poetry reading at Clwb Yr Efail in Conwy, a lunch centre for older people from across Conwy county, funded by Conwy Council.