Wild @ Art

Art projects focused on the environment

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Back in March  2008 children from Llanfechain School took part in an arts project funded by Arts Connection and the Environment Agency. Ingrid Maugham, a local artists and Richard Dearing from the Environment Agency taught the children about the life cycle of salmon and what they looked like. The project involved cutting wood into salmon shapes for the children to decorate and they showed amazing attention to detail with their finished fish which went on display outside the Youth & Community Centre on Monday 17th March. In the afternoon the 40 children from Llanfechain School proudly paraded the wooden fish through the town on their way to the river. At the Agricultural Show Ground in Llanfyllin each child got the opportunity to release 1 year old and 2 month old salmon into the river. The 2 month old salmon have been cared for in the Youth & Community Centre.   The salmon released by the children will hopefully return one day to the river to spawn. Young salmon need a clean, healthy river environment until they head downstream to the sea where they will find rich feeding grounds. After one to three winters the fish will return to the river stretch where they were young salmon and hopefully they will spawn, completing the cycle.   The project was part of a new initiative by the Environment Agency Wales which aims to tackle diffuse pollution which can pollute the river. Improving the health of the Afon Cain will make sure it is in good condition for the return of the salmon.

Read about our Wild @ Arts projects below

Gruffalo 2017

We had great fun down at the Lake Vyrnwy playground with artist Molly Hawkins making a willow Gruffalo. The RSPB based at Vyrnwy had a Gruffalo weekend so we added to the family enjoyment by creating a life size Gruffalo with visitors to the playground. [gallery...

The Tempest 2016

The Willow Globe Tempest (partnership project between us and Mid Wales Music Trust) project took place between Monday 27 June and Friday 1 July 2016. Following a creative team planning day on the Monday, 58 pupils and 5 teachers from Newbridge on Wye Primary School...

Forest School 2016

We brought outdoor learning and fun to Llanfyllin this May Half Term. Children made dens, mud sculptures, ground pictures, and woodland necklaces, whittled sticks, explored, learned and played heartily in the lush grounds of the Llanfyllin Workhouse. Many thanks to...

Creative Waste 2015

We worked in partnership with the Workhouse to deliver a project focussed on Reduce - Reuse - Recycle. April Burton and Sam Key created a junk percussion wall and delivered a recycled materials workshop. [gallery...

Young Carer’s (WCD) 2014

We provided a range of outdoor and recycled arts workshops at the Welsh Ambulance Trust/Young Carer’s Launch on Thursday 30th October 2014 at Ysgol Glan Clwyd. Everybody had a great day with Richard Stephenson, Sue Dolman, Kelly Moorhouse and Iris Gordijn. [gallery...

Play Day 2014

Families enjoyed working with Caroline Lowe who delivered a willow weaving session as part of Play Montgomeryshire’s play day in Llanfyllin on August 1st.

SPLASH Arts 2014

We ran workshops during the October half term at the Oriel Davies Gallery. More than 40 participants worked with artists Anita Jenkins and Anita Wyatt to make all sorts of amazing junk sculptures and robots and also created pictures based on nature, drawing fishes,...

Environment Agency – Salmon Homecoming 2012

We worked in partnership with Environment Agency Wales to work with children at Llangedwyn School who raised salmon from eggs for release into the river Tanat. In the spring term, they studied salmon life cycles and with Nicola Knapton they constructed a huge...

Llanfyllin Show 2011

To compliment the new wetlands area just built in Llanfyllin we decided at this years show to make a mayfly from willow. Caroline Lowe started the process along with help from members of the public attending the show. The final piece has been on display at the Youth &...

Forest Schools 2011

In partnership with Community Focused Services (CFS), CYPP and Montgomeryshire Forest School we ran Forest School activities with the Welshpool and Llanfyllin Primary school cluster groups. These schools included Llandysilio, Trefnanney, Forden, Guilsfield, Berriew,...

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