An exhibition of photographs by Heather Birnie documenting Oriel Myrddin Gallery’s nature engagement project with older people funded by Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn Festival.
The group of older people, tenants at extra care scheme Cartref Cynnes in Johnstown, were led by Oriel Myrddin Gallery’s Community Art Co-ordinator Emily Laurens through a series of exercises encouraging sensory engagement with the world around them. The work was informed by Joseph Cornell’s Sharing Nature and landscape artists such as Andy Goldsworthy.
There is a great deal of evidence that as people get older the time they spend in nature diminishes. Research shows that time spent in nature has numerous positive effects on health and wellbeing. A 2018 report from the University of East Anglia found that exposure to greenspaces reduced the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stress, and high blood pressure.
This project has been inspired by work being shown at Oriel Myrddin Gallery by artist duo Forest + Found. Their work explores craft traditions and landscape and can be seen at Oriel Myrddin Gallery until 6 July.
Elder Trees // Coed Hynaf has been funded by Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn Festival. Gwanwyn is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age. The aim of the festival is to offer opportunities for greater participation by older people in the arts.
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin” Shakespeare
The exhibition will run from the 25 May to 23 June 2019
The Warren restaurant, bar and café, 11 Mansel St, Carmarthen, SA311PX
Tue: 9am – 4pm
Wed: 9am – 4pm
Thur: 9am – 10pm
Fri: 9am – 10pm
Sat: 9am – 10pm
Sun: 9am – 4pm
Photograph: Heather Birnie – heatherbirnie.com