Today we were sharing stories about the Gower at Confucius Institute Chinese School at UWTSD’s Townhill Campus. Members of the Swansea Chinese Community Co-op took part in a Bringing Gower Home workshop back in the autumn and it was great to share their happy memories, their photographs, and a spot of lunch together today.
We looked through our best photographs and laughed as we remembered how much fun it had been. Our youngest participant is only 2 years old and it was great to see which photographs she remembered! Meanwhile, another participant is now considering using one of her photographs for her GCSE studies. With such a diverse range of ages it has been great to see families working and creating together. You can see the full set of photographs from their workshop by clicking HERE.
Bringing Gower Home provides a series of one day photography workshops for groups of 12 participants on the Gower. The day workshop is followed up with a projected display of the participants’ favourite photographs at a venue convenient to the participating organisation. Here, each participant is encouraged to share their feelings about the experience and discuss their photographs with an invited audience. The whole project experience is focused upon developing participants’ life skills, particularly self-esteem.
The workshops encourage a connection with the landscape and celebrate what is personally special about the Gower. We focus on themes of Natural Gower, The Sea and Gower, Living on Gower, and Historical Gower. I am organising, delivering, and supporting this project in collaboration with Gower Landscape Partnership (GLP) which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.