Canolfan S4C Yr Egin Garden ready to 'Bloom'.


20.10.2021

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin's community garden which is part of the 'Blaguro' project will be officially opened this week.

A composite of four images related to aspects of the Blaguro project.

At the heart of the creative sector in Southwest Wales, Canolfan S4C Yr Egin on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Carmarthen campus is inspiring creativity and imagination, nurturing talent for the future.

The 'Blaguro' project, funded by the Arts Council of Wales, has established a community garden on the grounds of Yr Egin, where creative practitioners have worked with community groups in the area to make the site attractive and appealing. The project was designed as a way of reconnecting with the communities of the town of Carmarthen post-covid, trying to be as inclusive as possible.

Following an open call to artists living in the Southwest Wales region a few months ago, six artists were selected to undertake the project, Betsan Haf, Rebecca Kelly, Mark Folds, Dorothy Morris, Emma Baker and Eddie Ladd. The range of skills and expertise that all these artists possess has succeeded in making the project accessible and appealing.

The garden will feature artwork designed and created by all the community groups. The community groups that have taken part in the project are Carmarthenshire 50+, Canolfan Elfed, Queen Elizabeth High School Carmarthen. Dr Mz, UWTSD BA Applied Drama Students: Community Wellbeing Education, Gwneud Bywyd yn Haws (Making Life Easier), Lisa Fearn and Cegin y Sied. This is the climax of the creation period for the groups for the time being, but it is the start of the journey for the community garden.

Llinos Jones, Engagement Project Officer at Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, said: "This is a special opportunity to celebrate the creativity of the community here in Carmarthen. It has been a privilege to see people of all ages enjoying and developing creatively, whether this is handiwork, conversation in a safe place, digital work and dance. I look forward to the garden developing over the coming months, offering many more opportunities for the wider community to be an important part here at Yr Egin.  This is a very exciting start to a participatory long-term project in the town."

During the official opening which will take place on Friday evening, 22nd October, people who have been involved in the project will have the opportunity to come together with friends and visitors of Yr Egin to see the finished work installed in the garden. It will all have been particularly enlightened by one of Yr Egin's technicians, Jason Lye Phillips, and Gareth Dean of Wired Wood. Visitors will be able to walk around the garden to appreciate the works pf art to the background music of some of Carmarthen town's local musicians.

In addition, there will be live performances by University of Wales Trinity Saint David dance students outdoors led by Eddie Ladd.

Carys Ifan, Director of Yr Egin, said: "The Blaguro project has captured the imagination of the community and it has been great to be able to support the region's artists during difficult times through the grant funding. There is expertise in so many areas and the garden will be a special mix of art, music and digital content created by children, young people and adults of all ages and backgrounds. Our gardens have been a haven and sanctuary in recent times, and we are pleased to be able to offer space outside Yr Egin to people who may not have a similar garden or space and for the community of Yr Egin to enjoy during the working day and fire creativity.  This is the start of the project, and we look forward to further collaboration with groups and associations to develop Creative Carmarthen. "

Further Information

Lowri Thomas, Principal Communications and PR Officer

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lowri.thomas@uwtsd.ac.uk