On Thursday 19th November, the Midwales Cymerau team held a fantastic event to mark the end of the Autumn season of work by local commissioned artists.
The event was in Talybont village hall and the artists came to showcase the work they had been doing.
Jo Munton showed some fun animated films made with 2 local schools about water. Many school children and parents came to the event, and the kids had a red carpet moment- so were dressed to impress!
Y Gors presented some the film they have been working on about Cors Fochno (Borth Bog). This is a work in progress though their creative vision shone through as well as some beautiful and haunting music.
Gwilym Morus-Baird performed traditional songs as part of the Penillion yr Leri project, where he composed music to verses written by local Welsh speakers. To hear some of these songs check out: www.gwilmor.com
Peter Stevenson introduced and showed his film filmed around Borth about a story written in 1858. To watch the film see it here: www.cabinetofcuriosities.moonfruit.com/films/4588864757
During the break- Jo Munton taught parents and kids how to make an animated film and some of Ester Tew's work from 'Water water everywhere' was projected.
Cymerau raised £155 for WaterAid and the local RNLI selling cakes, drinks and with a raffle. This would not have happened without the amazing help parents from the local schools.
Two stories which concern the impacts of water on the Cymerau (mid Wales) case study "patch" are in the news at the moment at the same time.
The first is the almost "taken for granted" fact that current extreme storms and rainfall has caused flooding in the region- this is becoming the "new normal" but still of course hitting the headlines. With more rain forecast for this weekend, I would imagine that residents in TalyBont and other villages in the surrounding area like DolyBont are on high alert- flood warnings are of course have been in place for over a week.
short news article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-35002309
The second story makes a local/global link, connecting COP21 climate change summit talks with the villages under threat from coastal erosion, on the Welsh coastline. Borth, the second major settlement in our case study "patch", is of course one of the villages identified as at risk in Shoreline Management Plans. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-34985881
Over the Autumn different artistic/community projects commissioned as part of Cymerau's year of participatory activities have explored these themes and produced some incredible pieces of work involving the commmunity, with many artists blogging about their projects on this site. As i mentioned in my previous blog, local communities are living daily with negotiating the impact of water- particularly relating to river and coastal flooding. This is again pretty much a "new normal". The Cymerau/Hydrocitizenship project doing important work through creatively exploring these issues through participatory arts processes, enabling local communities to express how they feel about water.
By Alex Plows