Penparcau Progressive Action Group Case Study

This project was a partnership between Engage Cymru and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, working closely with the PPAG itself. The group was originally identified as potential participants by Haul2 , a fully constituted voluntary arts group that consists of artists and representatives of arts and cultural organisations and NHS staff. For over 16 years, Haul has been working quietly and consistently creating artworks, performances and events to raise the spirits of patients, staff and visitors within healthcare settings in
Ceredigion.

The project was supported with funding from the Arts Council of Wales and Penparcau Communities First Partnership with Ceredigion County Council.
Beyond the outcomes of the overall Engage Cymru programme, this project aimed to:

  • Offer participants a learning opportunity and challenge
  • Raise awareness of galleries and art activity of the participants, their families and friends
  • Encourage participants to visit and use their local arts centre and gallery
  • Seek to record the impact or effects of introducing the art activity on the individuals and on gallery practices and,
  • Record outcomes and lessons learned for wider dissemination to improve practice and gallery engagement programmes elsewhere.

Members of PPAG attended eighteen half-day participatory arts activities at Aberystwyth Arts Centre over a period of about five months from May through to September 2012 and produced artworks that were exhibited in the café gallery at the Arts Centre for over a month later in the year. A reception at the exhibition was attended by participants, friends and family, the local MP and local council officials.

Written on behalf of Engage Cymru by Eirwen Malin
Date: March 2013
Type: Case study
Language: English