A new wave of young artists with additional needs are hosting a celebration to showcase their work as part of a new creative arts programme.

Funded by BBC Children in Need, Llwybrau Llachar is a multi-arts project that gives young artists with additional needs the opportunity to work intensively with professional artists.

The celebration, which will be held in Caernarfon on December 12th, will showcase the work the young artists have developed to date.

One of the artists involved is Rhodri Thompson, 18 from Llanberis. Rhodri has been developing his TV presenting skills alongside TV director Martin Thomas.

A SPECIAL GUEST

As part of the project he created his own magazine TV show based on his favourite programme Heno. The show is called Nos Da (Good Night) and features an interview with Welsh folk singing legend Dafydd Iwan - it will be aired publicly for the first time at the party.

"Through Llwybrau Llachar I have met a lot of new people and it has helped me realise that there are more possibilities for my future," said Rhodri, a pupil at Caernarfon Ysgol Pendalar.

There will be an exhibition featuring work by Amber Moon, 17 from Nantlle, who worked alongside artist Elan Rhys, and illustrator Ross Jones, 18 from Bangor, who is being mentored by digital agency Galactic. 

Jac Owen, 17 from Penygroes, has been developing his drumming skills with Osian Williams from Welsh band Candelas, and Sophie Williams, 17 from Bangor, and Catrin Caullcutt, 18 from Caernarfon, have been working alongside choreographer Matt Gough to develop their dancing skills. 

SUPPORTING SUCCESS

"The essence of 3 year scheme is that the young people lead on all decisions including the art form, the artists they would like to work with and the location of their individual project," said Mari Morgan from Frân Wen.

"Llwybrau Llachar's aim is to develop their confidence and social connections whilst also giving them a better understating of their true potential - and it is our responsibility to offer every support and ensure a safe environment for success."

YOUNG VOLUNTEERS

Young people from Frân Wen's participation group have been volunteering with the young artists. Elliw Sion, 15, from Carmel, volunteered for the art sessions with Amber Moon.

"My experience as a volunteer for Llwbrau Llachar has been brilliant," said Elliw, a year 10 pupil at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle, Penygroes.

"I learned how to take responsibility, how to communicate and work with others. It boosted my confidence in something I've never done before - this has inspired me to volunteer again in the future."

There is an opportunity for young people to apply to be part of the project by contacting Frân Wen to discuss their idea - this can be from an individual or from a group. This may be a script, a song, a piece of art or a film – whatever they feel will meet their aspirations.

For further information please contact Mari Morgan on mari@franwen.com or 10248 715 048.