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Pontio Corneli Cudd- Hidden Corners

The Pontio project has announced a second artist residency building on the success of last year s Hidden Corners which took place at Plas Hedd care home in Maesgeirchen, Bangor.

From November 4 2013, Musician Manon Llwyd will spend one month sharing the day-to-day lives of the residents of two Bangor care and nursing homes Plas Hedd once again - and Brynllifon, many of whose residents suffer from dementia. The project, part of Pontio s arts programme, aims to reach out to new audiences and take artistic experiences out in to the community in a meaningful way.

In this year s Hidden Corners, 16 young musicians from Ysgol Tryfan will also join Manon in small groups. The team will take music to every corner, improvising and enriching the experience with a range of instruments tailoring their music to the needs of the individuals.

During the residency, Dr Gwawr Ifan, lecturer in Music in Health and Wellbeing at Bangor University, will be researching the experience of the young people. The hope is that future artists will be able to benefit from the study.

Pontio s Artistic Director Elen ap Robert said:

What s different about this year s residency is the intergenerational element. This will be a new experience for the musicians, many of whom are members of the excellent Tryfan Jazz Band and the residents, many of whom are bed bound due to ill health. We need to ensure that we take the arts out to everyone and tailor the experience to their specific needs.

Building on our relationship with Plas Hedd and enriching the whole experience with new instruments and young blood, Manon and her team will spend a month becoming part of the whole community of the home in a holistic way with music as the medium.

This work is also an important part of arts and dementia research spearheaded by Pontio and the arts programme. We want to ensure that intensive residencies such as this become a central part of Pontio s relationship with the community.


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