A total of 31 creative groups have been shortlisted for the 2021 Creative Lives Awards, including Cricieth Creadigol Creative Criccieth. A winner will be chosen from England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Criccieth Town Council was invited to refurbish benches under the Friendship Benches scheme by Gwynedd Council as part of its Intergenerational Bridging the Generations Project. Two benches which needed renovating were chosen, one on the seafront and the other on the town green (Y Maes).
Ffion Gwyn, A-level Art tutor at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor oversaw the painting of the benches by a group of ten students from college. She said:
“The community was consulted in an online event and the resulting intricate designs are based on fascinating stories, place names and local history and traditions. More information can be found about the stories by scanning QR codes on both benches. These are linked to the People's Collection Wales website which is maintained by the National Library of Wales, showing more pictures, paintings and information on the Town Council’s project on Criccieth Stories, Legends and Songs, being collected by local historian Robert Cadwalader.”
“The benches are colourful and lively, and capture the buzz and pride of the students who painted them and the community as a whole. The benches have proved inspiring, sparking conversations and bringing Cricieth’s unique stories and places to life for everyone.”
Mirain Llwyd Roberts, Bridging the Generations Co-ordinator said:
“I am overwhelmed by the responses to the benches. We’re hoping that following a year of restrictions and being apart that these benches will bring people together and help combat loneliness and isolation.”
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