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 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


iola ynyr
mari elen
clare potter
mari gwent


carwyn jones

Artist Workshop 

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kirsten mc ternan
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kirsten mc ternan

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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