Ar y Dibyn

We all have a bank of stories that aren’t heard regularly.

Our Ar y Dibyn project offers opportunities for people affected by addiction – people living with addiction themselves or supporting someone with an addiction – to come together and share these stories in a creative way.

Over the next year, we’ll offer series of creative workshops to celebrate life’s possibilities, rather than the obstacles of addictions – and the first series begins on 6 July 2021.

The aim of the workshops is to promote creativity to process our experiences of the world. Each workshop will include short playful tasks to prod our imaginations and release our ideas. We’ll begin to create new written work and develop it within the sessions, supporting each other to move it forwards in our own time.

There are no wrong answers, just a whole world of possibilities.

We hope to develop powerful, brave and ambitious work that comes from the heart, and find ways of sharing the work widely (anonymously or otherwise). Our vision is to create a safe space to freely express ourselves, without judgment, and without having to reveal any details of our personal circumstances. We realise that we all have varied experiences of addiction and each individual’s personal struggles will be respected and kept in a safe environment.

A reading of the work from the original project was held in Galeri Caernarfon in 2019, but due to the current situation, we have found other creative ways of sharing our experiences. You can watch a video of the 2019 reading here.

Qualified health specialists will offer advice at each session as the need arises, and will be available for half an hour at the end of each session for informal discussions, but these are not be mandatory.

A partnership between Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Literature Wales and Adra (Housing) and lead artist Iola Ynyr, this is a further development of previous projects presented face to face in Galeri, Caernarfon and online. With support from the North Wales Substance Misuse Area Planning Board, Recovery and Stafell Fyw.

This project has been made possible by support from the Health, Arts, Research, People (HARP) programme, funded by Arts Council of Wales and Y Lab (Cardiff University & Nesta).

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