Arts Council of Wales | cARTrefu


Cartrefu is a two year programme which aims to improve access to quality arts experiences for older people in residential care.


How cARTrefu works

Age Cymru has recruited 16 professional artists in four different fields: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Words and Music. These artists will deliver 8-week residencies across the length and breadth of Wales, introducing a mix of established art forms and new activities residents may not have had the chance to experience before.

Over the two years each artist will complete 8 residencies, meaning through cARTrefu, Age Cymru will deliver up to 1,024 art workshops in care homes around Wales, all for free!

Cartrefu, which means 'to reside' in Welsh, is funded by Arts Council of Wales and the Baring Foundation and is run Age Cymru.


Arts Council of Wales was successful in securing funding from the Baring Foundation which is to pay for a two-year project of participatory arts activity in care homes for older people, cARTrefu.

The project will be managed by Age Cymru, and will involve almost £350,000 worth of activity, of which half is to come from the Baring Foundation, and half from a large Lottery award made by Arts Council of Wales to Age Cymru.

Around 23,000 older people in Wales live in care homes, and over half of this number are aged 85 and over, thus in many cases making their access to the arts extremely limited. Nearly 40,000 people in Wales are living with dementia, many of them in care home environments.

With the Baring Foundation award, artists will be selected to deliver different arts activities within care home settings, in a variety of art forms. Artists will be selected on the basis of the quality of their work and their ability to deliver activities to older groups, with an expectation that their careers will benefit from the experience. Care home staff will work alongside the artists learning some skills that they can continue to share with their residents at the end of the project period.

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