Care home residents show their artwork in Penarth Pavilion

By GEM Staff Reporter in Local People

Elderly residents at five South Wales care homes have displayed their best artwork at an exhibition held at the Penarth Pier Pavilion.

The exhibition depicts memories of the artists working and growing up in Wales, and includes 40 exhibits from people who live at Hallmark Care Homes; Ty Enfys, Regency House, Shire Hall, Greenhill Manor and Cartref Annwyl Fan.

Over 80 guests attended the launch, including representatives from charity, Age Cymru and the Deputy Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan, Coun Edward Williams who officially opened the exhibition.

Throughout the afternoon, guests questioned residents about their artwork and enjoyed afternoon tea, and music from Welsh opera singer Holly Clark.

Resident Beryl Lee, 77, who lives at Ty Enfys Care Home in Pentwyn said: “It feels lovely to display my work. Three pieces are on display and I have contributed to several others.

“My favourite piece is of a fountain I drew, where I would play in my hometown, Merthyr Tydfi,l as a girl with my friends. It brings back happy memories, and still stands today as a monumental treasure.”

The organiser of the event, and group lifestyle manager for Hallmark Care Homes, Debbie Sharples-Kirkbride MBE said: “We had a fantastic afternoon at our exhibition launch day.

“The residents, our lifestyle’s team, our artist in residence Charlotte Jones as well visiting artists from Age Cymru, whom we have been working in partnership with, have worked really hard to put together this exhibition, so that it can be enjoyed by members of the community.

“The purpose is to bring residents’ artwork to a wider audience so that they can take pride in their work.  It also serves as a platform to engage those living with dementia and complex physical conditions in the local community, encouraging others to see past their conditions. 

“I am delighted that the Pier Pavilion have agreed to maintain the exhibition for a number of weeks after our launch.”

The exhibition is open to the general public until Wednesday, March 22.

Regency House, Shire Hall, Ty Enfys, Greenhill Manor and Cartref Annwyl Fan are the homes involved in the exhibition.

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