A partnership between the college’s Art department and Criccieth Town Council, has afforded learners with the chance to work on various projects across the town. The collaborations have created new spaces, helped nurture and foster a sense of belonging, allowed shared experiences, and aided community engagement.
Creative Art students played a central role in the centenary trail project, working very closely with the local community. Some of the pieces have taken centre stage in the town’s Memorial Hall, which recently celebrated its centenary.
Cllr Sian Williams, chairperson of Criccieth Town Council said: “We have built on our history of creative engagement and facilitated a number of imaginative community projects which have involved countless volunteers in their design and creation.
“We are delighted that our creative projects have been recognised: winning the Welsh Creative Lives Award in 2021 and now being shortlisted for the 2022 awards. We are the only group from North Wales to be shortlisted.
“As well as this partnership with Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, the council has worked in collaboration with a number of voluntary associations, local schools, and individual artists. The initiatives have helped to promote creativity and combat loneliness and are much appreciated by many."
Ffion Meleri Gwyn, Creative Arts lecturer at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Pwllheli said: "It is a great opportunity for the students to participate in the Criccieth Memorial Hall centenary celebrations, and it is wonderful to see the results of this community project.
“It is extremely important that young people are provided with such opportunities, so that they can see that the fruits of their labour are valued, develop their skills, and experience the feeling of belonging to a close community. The centenary trail will be greatly appreciated by locals and visitors for years to come.”
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