Llesiant yn Nhirlun y Preseli – Wellbeing in the Preseli Landscape

Cafwyd diwrnod ysbrydoledig yn ddiweddar yng nghoetiroedd hyfryd a mawreddog Pentre Ifan; yn archwilio’r ffordd y gall ein cysylltiad hynafol â thirwedd a natur Preseli ddylanwadu ar ein hiechyd a’n lles. Dan arweiniad Andrew Dugmore o Reconnect in Nature (reconnectinnature.org.uk) gwnaethom rannu ein teimladau o fod yn yr awyr agored yn nhirwedd Preseli, ac arbrofi gyda thechnegau ymwybyddiaeth ofalgar i’n helpu i ddeall a dyfnhau ein cysylltiad â’r byd naturiol. Buom hefyd yn siarad am y ffyrdd y byddai ein cyndeidiau wedi byw a faint yn agosach at natur a’r awyr agored y byddent wedi bod; gan eu bod yn dibynnu arno am eu hanfodion sylfaenol a’u goroesiad. Diolch i bawb a fynychodd y diwrnod!

An inspiring day was had recently at the beautiful and majestic woodlands of Pentre Ifan; exploring the way our ancient connection to the Preseli landscape and nature can influence our health and wellbeing. Lead by Andrew Dugmore of Reconnect in Nature (reconnectinnature.org.uk) we shared our feelings of being outdoors in the Preseli landscape, and experimented with mindfulness techniques to help us understand and deepen our connection to the natural world. We also talked around the ways in which our ancestors would have lived and how much closer to nature and the outdoors they would have been; as they depended on it for their basic necessities and survival. Thanks to all that attended the day!

Digwyddiad Olaf y Slam Farddoniaeth – Final Poetry Slam Event

Trwy gydol y gwanwyn a’r haf hwn, cyflwynodd Celfyddydau Span yr ail brosiect celfyddydau cymunedol sydd wedi’i ymgorffori ym mhrosiect Ein Cymdogaeth Werin. Slam Barddoniaeth Preseli | Prosiect ysgrifennu a pherfformio barddoniaeth gymunedol oedd Slam Barddaidd y Preseli wedi’i leoli yng nghanol rhanbarth Preseli. Comisiynodd Celfyddydau Span y bardd Cymraeg eithriadol Karen Owen fel Bardd Preseli a oedd yn preswylio yn y sir am dri chyfnod ym mis Mai, Mehefin a Gorffennaf.

Throughout this spring and summer Span Arts delivered the second community arts elelement the Ein Cymdogaeth Werin project.  The Preseli Poetry Slam | Slam Barddoniaeth y Preseli was a community poetry writing and performance project set in the heart of the Preseli region.  Span Arts commissioned exceptional Welsh language poet Karen Owen as the Preseli Poet who was in residence in the county for three periods in May, June and July.

Yn ystod ei chyfnod preswyl aeth Karen ati i ysbrydoli pobl Sir Benfro i godi eu pensil ac ysgrifennu am eu bywydau yn yr ardal; eu meddyliau a’u teimladau am y dirwedd a’r bobl. Mae’r cerddi sy’n deillio o hyn yn fyfyrdodau personol, sensitif a doniol ar fywyd Preseli o amrywiaeth o safbwyntiau.

During her residency Karen set about inspiring the people of Pembrokeshire to pick up their pens and write about their lives in the area; their thoughts and feelings about the landscape and the people.  The resulting poems are personal, sensitive and thought-provoking reflections on Preseli life from a variety of perspectives.

Roedd y prosiect yn wirioneddol ddwyieithog ac yn rhoi llwyfan creadigol i bobl ymgysylltu â’r iaith ni waeth beth oedd lefel eu cymhwysedd, yr angerdd a’r brwdfrydedd a ddaeth i’r amlwg. Fel y nododd Karen, ‘cerddi Cymraeg yw’r rhain i gyd, ni waeth ym mha iaith y maent wedi cael eu hysgrifennu’.

The project was genuinely bilingual and gave a creative platform for people to engage with the language no matter what their level of competence, it was passion and enthusiasm which came to the fore.  As Karen remarked, ‘these are all Welsh poems, no matter what language they have been written in’.

Trefnodd Span weithdai mewn ysgolion, tafarndai, neuaddau pentref a sesiynau un i un yng nghartrefi cyfranogwyr ynysig ac oedrannus. Arweiniodd yr amrywiaeth amrywiol hon o feirdd cymunedol at ymgysylltiad cyfoethog â’r pwnc a’r iaith a throsodd dull personol Karen hyd yn oed y rhai mwyaf amharod i feirdd ysgrifennu a pherfformio’n ddiweddarach.

Span Arts organised workshops in schools, pubs, village halls and one-to-one sessions in the homes of isolated and elderly participants.  This diverse array of community poets gave rise to a rich engagement with the subject matter and language and Karen’s personable manner converted even the most reluctant to poets to write and later perform.

Daeth y prosiect i ben gyda Slam Barddoniaeth ddathliadol yn Neuadd Goffa Trefdraeth. Gwahoddwyd yr holl gyfranogwyr i ddod draw i berfformio eu cerddi i gynulleidfa o’u cyfoedion, i rannu diod a rhywfaint o fwyd. Roedd y noson yn llwyddiant mawr yn llawn chwerthin, canu adar a rhai perfformiadau teimladwy. Daeth un ar hugain o feirdd cymunedol draw i ddarllen tua deg ar hugain o gerddi i dorf sylwgar. Pan wahoddwyd y gynulleidfa i roi eu hadborth ar ffurf cerdd, cododd llawer i’r her. Fe wnaeth Karen sgleinio’r digwyddiad gyda première ddeinamig o’i cherdd newydd a ysgrifennwyd mewn ymateb i’r prosiect.

The project culminated in a celebratory Poetry Slam |Slam Barddoniaeth at Newport Memorial Hall.  All participants were invited to come along and perform their poems to an audience of their peers, to share a drink and some food.  The evening was a great success full of laughter, birdsong and some moving performances.  Twenty-one community poets came along to read around thirty poems to an attentive crowd.  When the audience were invited to give their feedback in the form of a poem, many rose to the challenge.   Karen polished off the event with a dynamic premiere of her new poem written in response to the project.

Diolch yn fawr i Span Arts, y Bardd Karen Owen ac i bawb a gymerodd ran yn y gweithdai Slam Barddoniaeth a’r digwyddiad olaf.

Many thanks to Span Arts, Poet Karen Owen and to everybody that took part in the Poetry Slam workshops and final event.

Gwyliwch y gofod hwn am ffilmiau byr am y Slam Barddoniaeth!

Watch this space for short films based on the Poetry Slam! 

Slam Barddoniaeth Y – Preseli – Poetry Slam

Our Poet in Residence Karen Owen has completed two weeks in the Preseli region thus far as part of our Poetry Slam workshops with Span Arts! She has worked with local primary and secondary schools, conducted 1:2:1 sessions with isolated and vulnerable members of the community and lead open community workshops. We are now working towards our final week of Karen’s residency during July with a community workshop on the 16th July in Brynberian as well as the final Poetry Slam event on the 19th July in Newport. For more information please contact sophiej@planed.org.uk.

Mae ein Bardd Preswyl Karen Owen wedi cwblhau pythefnos yn rhanbarth y Preseli hyd yma fel rhan o’n gweithdai Slam Barddoniaeth gyda Span Arts! Mae hi wedi gweithio gydag ysgolion cynradd ac uwchradd lleol, wedi cynnal sesiynau 1: 2: 1 gydag aelodau ynysig ac agored i niwed o’r gymuned ac wedi arwain gweithdai cymunedol agored. Rydym nawr yn gweithio tuag at ein hwythnos olaf o breswyliad Karen yn ystod mis Gorffennaf gyda gweithdy cymunedol ar 16 Gorffennaf ym Mrynberian yn ogystal â’r digwyddiad Barddoniaeth terfynol ar 19 Gorffennaf yn Nhrefdraeth. Am fwy o wybodaeth cysylltwch â sophiej@planed.org.uk.

Lansio Arddangosfa Pwytho Straeon – Stitching Stories Exhibition Launch

Mae Celfyddydau Span wedi bod yn cyflwyno Pwytho Straeon, elfen gyffrous o’r Prosiect Ein Cymdogaeth Werin ers mis Medi 2018, ac mae’r gwaith terfynol bellach yn dod at ei gilydd.

Span Arts have been delivering our exciting Stitching Stories element of the Preseli Heartlands Project since September 2018, and at long last a vision of the final work is coming together.

Mae’r gweithdai pwytho a gynhaliwyd ym Maenclochog wedi denu amrywiaeth wych o bobl o bob cenhedlaeth. O drigolion hirsefydlog a chymeriadau lleol gyda straeon mawr i’w hadrodd a hen luniau angof i’w rhannu; i newydd-ddyfodiaid sy’n cwympo mewn cariad â’r dirwedd hardd a dysgu mwy am ei threftadaeth gyfoethog. Mae plant lleol hefyd wedi cymryd rhan, gan gynnwys disgyblion Ysgol Gynradd Maenclochog sydd wedi bod yn dod i’r sesiynau ar brynhawniau Gwener pan fydd yr ysgol yn cau’n gynnar. Yn ystod hanner tymor mis Hydref, roedd yna sesiwn arbennig hefyd ar “Bwytho dy Stori” yn cynnig cyfle i blant ac oedolion greu darn o waith celf yn archwilio eu cysylltiad â’r ardal.

The “Stitch Labs” workshops held in Maenclochog have engaged a fantastic cross generational mix of Preseli people. From long standing residents and local characters with tall tales to tell and old forgotten photographs to share; to newcomers of the area which are falling in love with the beautiful landscape and learning more about its rich heritage. Local children have also been involved, including pupils of Maenclochog Primary School who have been attending on Friday afternoons when the school closes early. During the October half term there was also a special “Stitch Your Story” all day session in which children and adults had an opportunity to create a special stand-alone piece of artwork exploring their connection to the area.

Y briff oedd creu “cwilt” neu dapestri digidol rhyngweithiol gyda chymunedau’r Preseli – gan gyfuno elfennau tecstilau a’r casgliad o straeon a dyfyniadau lleol a gofnodwyd. Yn ystod y gweithdai, cafodd y rhai a oedd yn bresennol y cyfle i arbrofi gyda gwahanol decstilau a thechnegau i greu eu cyfraniad nhw wedi’i ysbrydoli gan y Preseli. Cafodd ffotograffau a mapiau eu sganio a’u hargraffu ar ddefnyddiau, gydag addurniadau’n cael eu hychwanegu yn ddiweddarach. Casglwyd elfennau botanegol o blanhigion brodorol i’r ardal gyfagos a’u defnyddio i archwilio ffurf a gwead.

The brief was to create an interactive digital “quilt” or tapestry with the Preseli communities – combining textile elements and the collection of recorded local stories and quotes. During the workshops, attendees had the chance to experiment with different textiles and techniques to create their Preseli inspired contribution. Photographs and maps were scanned and printed onto fabrics, with embellishments added later. Botanical elements of plants native to the surrounding area were collected and used to explore form and texture.

Mae’r gweithdai wedi amlygu’r cysylltiad dwfn a bythol sydd gan unigolion a chymunedau ag ardal y Preseli – o’r dirwedd ysblennydd, i arferion ffermio, i feini hirion, nodweddion cynhanesyddol a’i phobl.   Mae yna lawer o haenau o ddiwylliant a threftadaeth gyfoethog, unigryw ac amrywiol yn yr ardal. Wrth symud ymlaen â’r Prosiect Ein Cymdogaeth Werin, mae’n sicr wedi helpu cymunedau i ddechrau meddwl am eu treftadaeth arbennig, a ffyrdd i’w dehongli a’i chadw ar gyfer cenedlaethau’r dyfodol.

The workshops have highlighted the deep and everlasting connection that individuals and communities have with the Preseli area – from the breathtaking landscape, to farming practices, to standing stones and prehistoric features and to the people held within; there are many layers of rich, unique and diverse culture and heritage within the heartlands area. Going forward with the Preseli Heartlands Project it has certainly helped light the way for communities to begin thinking more about their special heritage, and ways in which to interpret and preserve it for future generations.

 

Cynhelir lansiad arddangosfa’r cwilt ar 31 Ionawr rhwng 7 a 9pm yn Neuadd Gymunedol Maenclochog, gyda’r arddangosfa ar gael i’w gweld rhwng 1 a 7 Chwefror rhwng 10am a 4pm. Rydym yn estyn croeso cynnes i bawb ac yn edrych ymlaen at rannu’r gwaith celf a’r straeon a gasglwyd.

The exhibition launch of the quilt will be held on the 31 January from 7-9pm in Maenclochog Community Hall, with the exhibition available to view thereafter from the 1 – 7 February from 10-4pm. We extend a warm welcome to all and look forward to unveiling the artwork and listening to the collected stories.

Diolch i dîm Celfyddydau Span a phawb sydd wedi cymryd rhan yn y gweithdai pwytho am eu gwaith caled a’u cyfraniadau i’r prosiect Pwytho Straeon.

Thanks to the Span Arts team and Stitch Labs participants for their hard work and contributions to the Stitching Stories project.

STITCH YOUR STORY THIS FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER – PWYTHWCH EICH STORI DYDD GWENER YMA 2 TACHWEDD

As part of our “Pwytho Straeon – Stitching Stories” Project we are exploring Preseli life and land through textiles, memory and digital technology.

Fel rhan o Prosiect Pwytho Straeon i ni’n archwilio bywyd a cymeriadau y Preseli trwy’ defnyddio tecstiliau, atgofion a technoleg digidol.

Make a micro wall-hanging to tell your Preseli Heartlands story: print, paint, stitch or embellish a textile tale. Perhaps you’re from a family which has been here for generations, or maybe you moved here a few months ago? This is your chance to create something which tells us about your connection to this extraordinary place.

Fe fydd siawns i greu croglun micro i ddweud eich stori o’r Fro, gan ddefnyddio paent, argraffu neu pwytho. Os i chi wedi byw yma am oes, neu newydd wedi symud i’r ardal dyma eich siawns i greu darlun o’ch cysylltiad i’r lle arbenning yma.

The workshop is FREE and suitable for individuals and families. Bring lunch. No need to book

Mae’r gweithdy AM DDIM ac yn addas ar gyfer plant ac oedelion. Dewch a cinio. Dim angen bwcio.

2 November

2 Tachwedd

10-4 Drop in (2 hours needed to complete artwork – angen amser o 2 awr i cwblhau’r gwaith)

Maenclochog

rowan@span-arts.org.uk