This blog post is the latest part of our Winter ‘Go Full Circle’ campaign, which is promoting the role of – and encouraging consumers to support - Welsh social enterprises, co-operatives and other community organisations in the run-up to Christmas.
We recently took to Twitter to tell you about Antur Waunfawr’s community Christmas Fair, which has been running for around the last 25 years. The event was established to bring the residents of Waunfawr and the local area together.
Here, we find out how workers at Antur Waunfawr have busily created unique Christmas decorations, in the run-up to the festive period, with the help of a local artist.
Tess Urbanska of Rhydyclafdy, studied Art & Design at Coleg Menai, Bangor, and started off her career working from her parents’ cellar. She is now an extremely sought-after artist, who also works as a part-time tutor for Coleg Harlech.
Previously, Tess had helped Antur workers and staff to create some striking pieces of art using pieces of recycled kitchens, old newspapers and paint. However, with Christmas fast approaching, it was felt that something more festive was required.
The team has used old crockery, upon which they have built layers of papier mache, then painted and transformed them into decorative plates showing Christmas puddings, angels and more!
Tess said: “I’ve worked with people with learning disabilities before, and always find it extremely rewarding. I’m really enjoying working here at Antur, and love to see the progress the workers are making. The art they’re producing is truly amazing, and each and every piece is unique.”
Day Services Manager Sara Gant agreed: “Each piece of art we produce here has been created, in the main, by the workers, with a little guidance from Tess and other members of staff. It’s been amazing having Tess here with us, and it’s been particularly rewarding for the workers as they’re now able to see their own finished product on display in our shop.”
Antur Waunfawr is a leading social enterprise, which was established in 1984, and provides employment and training opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
The organisation featured in this blog post is just one of many that you can support. Many more can be found on our Go Full Circle directory. Happy Christmas and ‘buy social’.