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Author: Age Cymru
Published on 23 January 2014 03:00 PM

Seven arts groups and projects from across Wales are competing for an award in recognition of their work with an older people’s arts festival.

The Gwanwyn Award will go to the group judges rule have made an exceptional contribution to the delivery of Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn festival -  an annual, Wales-wide month-long festival that takes place every May.

Our Arts and Creativity Development Officer Emma Robinson says:

“We’ve had nominations from around the country for this year’s Gwanwyn Award.

“There are groups and projects from Brecon, Caernarfon, Cardiff, Llandrindod Wells and Newtown all in the running for this year’s prize.

”We’ve had a very diverse cross-section of nominations - some of the nominees are based in local communities, one is based in a theatre, and two others are based in hospitals.

“The one thing they all in common however is that have all made fantastic contributions to the Gwanwyn arts festival for older people, and this is an opportunity to acknowledge their part in celebrating creativity in older age”.

The nominees are:
• The Brecon U3A Family History Group for its World War 1 Centenary commemoration project;
• Joseph Simon Murray, Adam McGee-Abe and Liz Allison for their Tactile Art  commission at the Adult Mental Health Unit at the University Hospital in Llandough;
• The Community Arts Unit and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Speech & Language Service (BCUHB SALT) at Ysbyty Eryri in Caernarfon;
• Company 6.5 for its intergenerational production of ‘Still Here’ at Sherman Cymru in Cardiff;
• Grŵp Gwanwyn Maesyneuadd in Caernarfon;
• Shakespeare Link in Llandrindod Wells;
• Newtown Local History Group in Newtown;

Gwanwyn is run by Age Cymru and supported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales.

Age Cymru will be announcing the winner of the Gwanwyn Award at our Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 28 February.

A full list of nominees for this year's Age Cymru Awards will be posted next week.

For more information: Call Age Cymru Advice: 08000 223 444