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Worker’s Gallery was awarded £635 towards a larger project that had match funding to run 3 outdoor workshops over 3 days on the top of the Rhigos mountain. The days aligned with the international Big Draw Festival in 2019.

The workshops took over 30 school children and community members to site for plein-air drawing sessions. An online exhibition of work was created and a physical exhibition of over 100 drawings was held.

The project allowed me to inspire participants to go out and draw in the local landscape. I have started developing plein-air products with Caxton Press in Treorchy and have been approached by tourism businesses in the Afan Valley to run similar projects there. We hired the minibus from local scout group, and they have now booked a series of charcoal making workshops.

Participants loved being on site and are now going back with their own friends and groups. This project was an excellent opportunity for people to come together and draw outdoors, adults and children had an adventure and inspired each other. The exhibition allowed people to share their work with their community and also celebrate living in an area that is leading the way with clean, renewable energy. The artwork stimulated conversations about environment, what we see around us and how we use the world’s natural resources.” – Gayle, Worker’s Gallery

This was a truly inter-generational project, engaging people with natural environment and drawing and the gallery exhibition engaged people with the art world which lots of people can often feel removed from. And most importantly people had fun and enjoyed being together outdoors.

How this project met the fund’s priorities:

Communities that are healthier and more active / Educating about energy / Engage and change behaviour around energy and sustainability through education.

Framed and Mounted versions of pictures can be purchased from the Worker’s Gallery by emailing