The Parc project continues to gather pace. Since the last update all three artists have been further immersing themselves in the community as well as planning the development and performance/exhibition stages for the summer and further on. Major highlights have been David’s visit to Bron y Graig old peoples home (including a 100th birthday party!); the Parc Eisteddfod on February 17th (not for the fainthearted – started at 5pm with the children’s competitions and ended in the early hours of the morning with the final result of the inter village competition!); David visiting the Merched Yr Wawr (Welsh language Women’s Institute founded in Parc) and of course David and Greg documenting many aspects of rural farming life (including the pregnant sheep being brought down for ultrasound scanning). We were struck at the Eisteddfod by the cultural richness and variety in this small community – as well as the usual singing, reciting, acting etc there were art and craft categories, and an incredible spread of items in the food competition!
Once again we have been struck by the open welcome and friendliness shown to us by all of the community. Here are a few of David’s photos (all copyright David Woodfall 2011/12)
We now have a provisional date for the opening presentation of the project – July 14th 2012, when we intend to present the project (exhibition, live video and live music performance) in Parc as a ‘private view’ for the community and interested parties. The exhibition will then move to several other galleries in gwynedd and further afield over the 12 months, starting in Bala in September 2012. However we have also been hard at work planning a potential expansion of the project, involving a possible DVD, dedicated website and performances involving more musicians.
Watch this space!
As a final thought – here’s a picture of David in the field (literally!) taken by local farmer, Gwynfryn. Living proof of the fact that work like this is good for the soul!!