I can’t believe the change in Louis

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Circuit (or Cylch in Welsh) is at the centre of MOSTYN’s vision to develop the gallery as a hub for community engagement.

Opened in 1902 in the seaside town of Llandudno on the coast of North Wales, the vision is also manifest in the exhibition and engagement programme, including a ’History Series’ of exhibitions and events exploring the building’s heritage; from a former drill hall during World War One, to a Royal Mail sorting office and piano shop, amongst others. By encouraging conversations with local people in response to the exhibitions, MOSTYN aims to open dialogue on contemporary life through contemporary art exhibitions, learning and engagement, for people of all ages and backgrounds.

I can’t believe the change in Louis since he joined Cylch.

Circuit/Cylch has extended the reach of the Learning Programme to an older age range and a small, yet committed, group of 15-25 year olds now meet weekly, despite the travel and financial challenges faced by the majority of young people in the area. Through an annual opportunity to curate an exhibition as part of the core programme, they are developing critical and creative skills along with social and marketing skills. In addition, partnerships with the West Rhyl Young People’s Centre, Ysgol Y Graig (Penrhos Avenue) Alternative Education Centre, Ysgol y Gogarth Special School and Coleg Llandrillo are providing deep learning experiences for both vulnerable young people and the gallery.

The programme is always available in Welsh and English, addressing the bilingual culture of North Wales. The Circuit/Cylch festival in September 2016 will be a celebration and promotion of this diversity.

 

Louis’s Story

Over time he has begun to feel part of the group and recognise that as well as benefiting greatly from going he has something to bring to it too.

“My son Louis is seventeen. He loves art, drawing and has a fantastic imagination. He also has Autism and suffers from social anxiety, making going to new places and meeting new people difficult and stressful and making new friends harder still. After the stress of moving to a new area and school just months before, Louis was feeling very isolated and lonely and had yet to find a way to be involved in our new community, when he was introduced to the idea of trying Cylch.

It took a lot of courage for him to give it a go, but the staff were great. They made him feel welcome, at ease and showed genuine interest in Louis’ points of view and his artwork. Slowly sessions became easier for him as he found like minds in the other members. Having art in common gave him the courage to interact. Each time he talks to someone new or tries a new method or medium for his art at Cylch, his confidence gets a huge boost. Over time he has begun to feel part of the group and recognise that as well as benefiting greatly from going he has something to bring to it too. He enjoys every minute, even the one’s that still can feel a little anxious.

I can’t believe the change in Louis since he joined Cylch. I am so proud of him and excited about what the future holds for him now.”

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