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Learners from our ‘Art For Wellbeing’ courses in Aberystwyth and Newtown participated in the “Round Boxes in a Square Peg” MOMA exhibition!

Learners from our ‘Art For Wellbeing’ courses in Aberystwyth and Newtown participated in an external group exhibition organised by artist/art therapist and Adult Leaning Wales tutor, Helen Ingham. Helen was invited by MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) Machynlleth to bring together Machynlleth artists who use art making to explore, express or support their mental health for a group show. The exhibition, called “Round Boxes in a Square Peg” took place 23 October to 4 November 2023. Some of Helen’s leaners shared their experiences with us;

“I joined the course to develop creativity and imagination. I enjoyed experimenting with different techniques that I didn’t know about before; having my eyes opened. I’ve had a chance to socialise and to share my work with others. It’s given me something that I really feel I want to, and kick started the whole process of creativity which I didn’t have before attending the courses. Art is the main thing in my life now. Taking part in the MOMA exhibition meant a lot to me; showing my work in my hometown. I plan to keep creating art, and hopefully exhibit more.” Gina Roberts

“I joined my first art course with Adult Leaning Wales because I wanted to learn to draw. Since then, I have learnt printing, collage, and experimenting. The courses have also allowed me to get to know other people and have a laugh. It has helped me expand my creativity. I now plan to do more artwork at home over the winter.” Anne Hooper

“I joined this course to get my creative mojo back because it had completely gone. I have enjoyed learning different techniques, mixed media and playing. The additional factors gained by attending the course are to socialise as I don’t socialise any other time. The experience has helped me to start making art at home again. I can’t wait to do the next course! Taking part in the exhibition scared me to death! But it gave me a sense of achievement and it’s something I’d never done before.” Sue Mahoney

Tutor Helen Ingham said, “Exhibiting one’s artwork in a public space can feel very exposing, particularly for the first time. Being part of the decision-making process and having an input into all aspects of the exhibition, from selecting work, framing, creating personal statements, titles, and the pricing of work was a rich learning experience for all the participants. It has been a pleasure to see all 3 learners grow in confidence, both with their art making, and in themselves.”

We’d like to congratulate all of our learners for completing their courses and exhibiting at MOMA! We look forward to seeing your artwork soon and wish you all the best in your future studies!

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