Ow Bist

In 2016 Qube secured funding to help tackle health and wellbeing through a two year outreach arts project.

People living in Trefonen, Llanymynech, Weston Rhyn and Chirk (and the surrounding areas) were given the opportunity to take part in a range of activities, such as creative writing, Tai Chi, Dance, painting, sculpture and craft.

The project, called ‘Ow-Bist’, after an old local greeting meaning, ‘how are you?’, was been made possible thanks to grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The organisation helps people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, and realise their potential to enjoy fulfilling and creative lives through the arts.

The project enabled Qube to engage with people who might not normally benefit from arts and wellbeing activities. The sessions not only helped participants learn a new skill, they also help people gain confidence, feel good about themselves and make new friends. On average, over 30 individuals attended the sessions in the four venues each week.

Two exhibitions were held at Qube showing the development and journeys of the participants. Since the project ended, many of those who attended have started regularly taking part in arts and wellbeing activities independently at Qube and other local organisations. Those attending the sessions in Trefonen have since started their own weekly art group .

Click through the photos below to see what the groups have been up to…

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