Stories of our Lives is a digital portrait photography project offering a window into the lives of six people living at Hafan Y Coed Care Home Llanelli. The exhibition runs at Llanelly House from 26 April through to 16 May 2016.
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.
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.
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.
These portraits and transcripts of the interviews will be shown in the next Big Picture exhibition at Llanelly House from April 24th.
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.