“… the project has helped to foster great friendships and strengthen the feeling of community within the scheme. The book and art display have preserved the precious memories of our residents forever.”
Golau Caredig Residency
Artist: Heloise Godfrey-Talbot
Client: Hafod Care Association
Location: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
Services: Strategy development and co-production
Golau Caredig provides affordable independent living accommodation for people over 55 years old in 42 purpose-built one and two-bedroom flats. Individual care and support is provided by ‘in house’ domiciliary care and a tenant support service. The development is close to Barry town centre and benefits from several communal facilities including a restaurant, hairdressers, laundrette and multi-use activity area.
Multi-disciplinary artist Heloise Godfrey-Talbot was commissioned to undertake an artist residency at Golau Caredig as part of a programme of public art supported by Hafod Care and the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Godfrey-Talbot began the residency by sending each resident a painting of a memory precious to her, in turn inviting the residents to share their own stories and memories. This exchange of personal stories was explored further during weekly creative ‘Get Together Clubs’, at which residents and their families were invited to spend time together, learn new skills and talk about their lives. The project concluded with the unveiling of a permanent wall display and illustrated book, inspired by of the personal memories shared by the residents living in Golau Caredig.
Miles Utting, Manager at Golau Caredig, said of the project: "Heloise has really taken the time to get to know our residents and the project has helped to foster great friendships and strengthen the feeling of community within the scheme. The book and art display have preserved the precious memories of our residents forever."
Resident Hilda, 84, who took part in all the activities said: “I’ve enjoyed everything, especially the company, and I was surprised at how well my paintings turned out! I’ve made new friends, and am very proud that my art and memories are a permanent part of this project.”