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Bynea County Primary Exhibition

A selection of work from the A Place of my Own project with pupils from Bynea County Primary School is now showing at Llanelly House, until May.


Lead artist Pip Lewis, project Facilitator Cheryl Kitt, and Project Assistant Tangwen Roberts joined pupils, staff, parents and the Mayor’s representative to celebrate the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday 12 April 2016.

The pupils were pleased to see their work on display and explained to their audience what they had done in the each workshop, before enjoying some Welsh cakes and having a photo with the Mayor’s representative, who was very impressed:



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From Fashion to Farming

In their final session with residents at Hafan-y-Coed, Pip Lewis and Tangwen Roberts continued to record the life stories of three more residents

Margaret, Gordon and Ness shared their memories of growing up and living Llanelli, in conversation with Big Picture project facilitator, Cheryl Kitt and Activities Assistant Clare.

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From farming to fashion and tailoring, pharmacy to mining, Margaret, Gordon, Ness, Eirwen, Hayden and Doreen’s stories illustrate the range of working experiences and ways of living in 20th century Llanelli.

Their stories and portrait photos will be exhibited at Llanelly House later this month.



Stories of our Lives

In the second session at Hafan-Y-Coed residential home, Pip Lewis and Tangwen Roberts recorded the memories of the lives of three residents.

In conversation with Activities Assistant Clare, Doreen, Hayden and Eirwen shared their stories of growing up in and around Llanelli, reflecting on their working lives and families. They also had portrait photos taken under studio lighting by Pip Lewis.

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These portraits and transcripts of the interviews will be shown in the next Big Picture exhibition at Llanelly House from April 24th.


“I feel like a celebrity!”


Then and now


In the first Big Picture session at Hafan-Y-Coed Residential Care home artist Pip Lewis and projects assistant Tangwen Roberts introduced themselves to a group of residents who meet regularly to work on art and craft projects in the home.


As a way of getting to know each other  we started with a warm-up exercise, each choosing a coloured chalk pastel and drawing on an blank piece of paper and passing the paper round and adding a line to respond to the existing marks.

After the warm up exercise the group spent time drawing flowers – some of which were taken out of the jug for closer observartion. During the session a song was started with several of the residents joining in.

Many conversation were struck up during the session, about the residents lives, their memories of Llanelli , their occupations and families. Some of these conversations were recorded and will be added to in the next sessions, when we will be recording more in-depth individual interviews with the residents.

The interviews will start in next weeks session, alongside the taking of individual portrait photographs in the residents’ rooms, for an exhibition in Llanelli House in May.

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A room of our own

In our final session we created our own imaginary rooms for our models using shoes boxes.

Using wall paper samples to cover the walls of our box-rooms we drew around each side of our box on the back of our chosen wallpaper designs, before cutting them out and sticking them onto our walls with PVA glue.

Once we had wall-papered our rooms we used other shoe boxes and their lids to build and design furniture and decorate our imaginary rooms with carpets, mirrors, windows, posters and control panels!

We were really pleased with our imaginary rooms as spaces for our models and have recorded our descriptions of them.

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Modelling ourselves

In our second session we brought in our school iPads to show Pip and Tangwen the photos (and drawings) we had taken of our bedrooms.

After sharing them with the class, we drew pictures of our rooms, or the view from our windows, from these photos.

Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting of his bedroom, some of us also added colour to our pencil drawings in with chalk and oil pastel.

Pip also showed us how to build 3D models out of plasticine, and created our own personalised figurines based on ourselves, or inspired by our interests.

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At the end of the morning we split into two groups, taking it in turns to write 20 different words to describe what we had done or how we felt about it. When we had written them all down we read them out and recorded them.

A place of my own

On Tuesday 8th March nine year five/six students from Bynea County Primary School had their first Big Picture workshop exploring identity and home, with Artist Pip Lewis,and Projects Assistant Tangwen Roberts at Llanelly House.

To open the session, we introduced ourselves by making a design with our own name on A4 paper, we started by drawing a border and filling it with shapes/patterns or things we liked and then wrote our names in the centre in whatever style we wanted. The designs looked great coloured in with soft pastels and/or oil pastels. Some of us experimented with the different effects the pastels created.

Taking it in turns we shared our artwork with everyone, and described three special things we liked doing. During the break we each took a photo of our finished artwork.

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After the break we made 3D paper models of houses. This started by folding the A4 paper in half and then folding the outside edges into the centre. After this we had to use rulers to measure  and fold the paper into thirds – and then Pip showed us where to cut away some of the paper to magically fold into a cube which we stuck together with invisible tape.

We made a sloped roof and added doors and windows in different coloured pieces of card. Some of us added extra features such as a chimney, fence or satellite dishes and even solar panels!


During the week ahead Pip asked us to find a place in our bedrooms to sit and draw what we can see – including the view out of the window if we have one!

Mrs Morgan also said we could take iPads home from school to take photos of different views of our bedroom, which we will be working on in the workshop next week.