Ow Bist

Qube has secured funding to help tackle health and wellbeing through a new arts project.

People living in Trefonen, Treflach, Morda, Llanymynech, Pant and Weston Rhyn are being 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?’, has 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.

Qube Chief Officer, Laurel Roberts said: “We were absolutely over the moon to have won this prestigious award. Qube already runs a programme of Arts and Health for Wellbeing courses, and this is an opportunity to engage with people who might not normally benefit. The courses aren’t just about learning a new skill, they also help people gain confidence, feel good about them selves and make new friends.”

Ceramic artist and Ow Bist tutor, Amelia Harrison agreed. She said: “There’s a huge amount of evidence and research now to show that creativity can help people in all kinds of ways to live more happy and balanced lives. We’re giving people the opportunity to try a different activity each week to find something they enjoy and tap into their inner artist – which we all have inside, whatever we were told at school!

Classes are currently taking place at:

Weston Rhyn Village Institute,Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm
Trefonen Village Hall, Wednesdays 10am to midday
Llandysilio St Tysilio Church (on the A483 between Llanymynech and Four Crosses), Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm

Classes cost £5.00 each and the first one is free for new members. To find out more please call Qube on 01691 656882 or email art@qube-oca.org.uk.

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