Since 2019, Ar y Dibyn has offered several series of creative workshops to enable us to venture together to celebrate the possibilities we have, not the barriers of addiction. 

The aim of the workshops is to encourage creativity in order to process our experiences of the world. Every workshop will be filled with short, playful tasks to stimulate our imagination and to release ideas, creating written work and developing it within the sessions, whilst encouraging each other to push it further in our own time. There are no incorrect answers, only a host of possibilities. There will be an opportunity to laugh, to look anew at various things, to shed a tear or two, but also to celebrate that we are still here and that we see the best in each other. Our hope is to develop work that is heartfelt, brave and ambitious, and to discover ways of sharing it more widely (anonymously or otherwise). Our vision is to create a safe space where we can express ourselves freely without criticism, and free of any pressure to reveal details of our personal situation. We all have varying experiences of addiction, and each individual’s personal battles will be respected and kept confidential.

Professional health experts will be present at each session to give advice as required, and 30 minutes will be allocated at the end of each session for informal discussions, but attendance at these is not compulsory.

During the initial project held in Galeri Caernarfon in 2019, a reading of the work created was presented to an invited audience, but in each project we will be considering other creative ways of transferring our experiences in this period of time. You can watch a video of the 2019 reading here:

Details of upcoming workshops

No specific workshops are currently scheduled, but if there is interest in the scheme, we can arrange 1:1 sessions, by emailing Nia on nia.skyrme@theatr.com and we can arrange an individual informal conversation for you with Iola.

Ladies Ar y Dibyn project 

In recent months the artists Mari Elen and Iola Ynyr have been creating and running specific creative workshops for Welsh-speaking women living with substance misuse in the Gwynedd and Anglesey area. A special podcast has been produced as a creative product for this project.

How to listen: Ar y Dibyn 

 

  • Trailer Ar y Dibyn

    Trailer Ar y Dibyn

  • Pennod 1 - Dibyniaeth

    Pennod 1 - Dibyniaeth

  • Awdiogram - Pennod 2

    Awdiogram- Pennod 2

  • Pennod 2

    Pennod 2 

  • Pennod 3 - Carwyn

    Pennod 3 - Carwyn

Artists

1.	Graphic to introduce Iola Ynyr. Background is pink. On the left there is an image of Iola, a middle aged woman. She is half-smiling. On the right there is text detailing her biography, and the Ar y Dibyn project logo.
2.	Graphic to introduce Mari Elen. Background is light blue. On the left there is an image of a smiling young woman. On the right there is text detailing her biography and the Ar y Dibyn project logo
3.	Graphic to introduce Clare Potter. Background is a light purple. On the left is an image of Clare who is half-smiling and looks off camera. On the right there is text detailing her biography and the Ar y Dibyn project logo
4.	Graphic to introduce Mari Gwent. Background is a light blue. On the left is an image of Mari who is smiling. On the right there is text detailing her biography and the Ar y Dibyn project logo

Councillors 

1.	Graphic to introduce Wynford Elis Owen. Background is a light blue. On the left is an image of Wynford, an elder man who wears glasses. He is sitting on a sofa talking to and looking at a woman who has her back to the camera. On the right there is text detailing his biography and the Ar y Dibyn project logo
2.	Graphic to introduce Elise Gwilym. Background is purple. On the left is an image of Elise, a middle aged woman and is smiling. On the right there is text detailing her biography and the Ar y Dibyn project logo
3.	Graphic to introduce Lorraine Dereveux. Background is a light blue. There is black text on the image detailing Lorraine’s biography and the Ar y Dibyn logo is in the top right corner
4.	Graphic to introduce Carwyn Jones. Background is purple. On the left is an image of Carwyn, a middle-aged man. He is looking into the camera and is not smiling. On the right there is text detailing his biography and the Ar y Dibyn project logo

Artist Workshop 

1.	Image of woman sitting down at a table. She is smiling with her mouth open and is holding her arms up mid-way with her palms up. She is looking off-camera. There is a pen, a notebook and an ipad on the table in front of her.
2.	Middle aged woman sits at a table surrounded by water bottles, note pad and pen. She has her hand up and her mouth is slightly open. She is staring off camera
3.	Young woman is sat at a table facing the camera. Two other women sit in front of her with their backs to the camera. Her eyebrows are raised and she covers her mouth with her hand. There are water bottles, coffee cups, pieces of paper and pens on the table.
4.	Middle-aged woman sits at a table. Another person sits in front of her with their back to the camera. The woman is looking off camera and has a half-smile on her face.
5.	4 women sit at a table. Two women have their backs to the camera. The two other women face the camera. One of them is talking to another and has her mouth half-open. The other woman is writing something on a piece of paper. There is a takeaway box, water bottles, notebooks, a laptop and pens on the table.
6.	Middle-aged woman sits at a table. Her arms are resting on the table and she has a pen in one hand. She is smiling with her mouth open and looking off camera.
7.	Middle-aged woman sits at a table. Her mouth is half-open. She is holding a piece of paper in her hand and is looking down at it.
8.	Two women sit a table. One is a young woman who has a notebook on the table in front of her. She is looking down at the notebook. The other woman is middle-aged and is looking towards the notebook.
9.	Two middle-aged women and a younger woman sit around a table. The young woman has her mouth open, her hands are up and she is looking at a piece of paper on the table in front of her. The two other women are looking at the young woman.

Images by Kristina Banholzer and Kirsten McTernan

 

This scheme is a partnership between Theatr Genedlaethol CymruLiterature Wales and Adra (Housing) and the lead artist Iola Ynyr.

This project has been made possible thanks to the support of the programme Health, Arts, Research, People (HARP), financed by the Arts Council of Wales and Y Lab (Cardiff University and Nesta)

With the support of  North Wales Area Planning Board for Substance Misuse and Galeri Caernarfon

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