Glasallt Fawr residents celebrate work with art exhibition | South Wales Guardian

Glasallt Fawr residents celebrate work with art exhibition | South Wales Guardian
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Glasallt Fawr, near Myddfai, is a residential care home for adults with learning disabilities and ran an art programme for its 28 residents.

The programme was led by art tutor Bryan Thomas and some of the work was said to be so good, that the 67 staff involved in looking after the residents across the four homes wanted to show it off to the public.

“Some of the artwork produced is of such high quality, we had to show them off,” said David Boorer, a trustee at Glasallt Fawr. “Many would pass as suitable for sale in other commercial galleries.”

The exhibition took place on Wednesday, July 5, and was opened by artist Iwan Bala.

Charlotte is a resident who had two pieces in the exhibition. She said: “I’ve been here nearly three years and I absolutely love it here.”

Many of the paintings were sold within the first few hours of the day, showing the talent of the residents.

Guests were treated to canapes from La Patisserie and drinks. Some of the guests included Llandeilo mayor Christoph Fischer and Llandovery mayor Gina Jones.

Christoph said: “I’m impressed with the artwork as well as with the warm and lovely atmosphere in the home.

“I didn’t know this place existed until fairly recently. How we treat our vulnerable says a lot about us and it’s wonderful to see the commitment by staff, volunteers and trustees.”

Gina said: “I was delighted to be invited to the art show and very impressed with the work the students have produced.

“It’s good to know you have such a thriving art department now.

“I recognised a lot of the residents as many of them regularly attend Llandingat Church in Llandovery where they are a welcome part of our congregation.

“It was my first time at Glasallt Fawr and hope to visit again in the near future.”

The exhibition raised £500 which will go towards the costs of arts and crafts materials.

Residents at the home are involved in all aspects of daily life, such as choosing the colour of their bedroom walls, helping with shopping, cooking for the household and cleaning their own personal space.

They have the opportunity to work as volunteers off site and have regular additional activities.

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