Project name: Our Hidden Garden
Participants/target group: Young people and older people experiencing isolation in Wrexham. The aim of the project is to recognise the natural beauty all around us in both rural and urban spaces, bringing young and older generations together for positive reflection about their community.

Project description: 

A series of inter-generational creative writing and spoken word performance sessions about the variety and diversity of green spaces across Wrexham County Borough. Highlighting walled gardens, football pitches, slips of grass, flowers taking over abandoned streets, community gardens and the beautiful landscapes around Wrexham. By pairing young people with older people experiencing isolation, we hope to bridge the gap locally in provisions of creative expression and provide a creative project that families can work on together. There will be in person sessions, as well as online resources to inspire the way we look at natural spaces but also provide opportunities and language for how we talk about natural spaces together in our community. 

The project will culminate in the creation of a digital anthology of writing, as well as short films by each participant on their chosen space. 

“The project is designed to create space in our lives to appreciate the joy of nature all around us. If nature can find space in our urban environments, then we can also find space in our everyday lives for nature and creativity.”

Artist biographies: 

Anastacia Ackers is a writer, theatre maker and facilitator from north-east Wales. She is currently chair of National Theatre Wales TEAM panel and has worked as part of National Theatre Wales TEAM Wrexham project since 2019. She also works alongside Outside Lives, a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Maeshafn, Flintshire and is currently supporting the LikeMinded group for people living with dementia, as part of the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP). Anastacia is passionate about history and mythology and is incredibly excited to be on the Representing Wales Professional Development Programme 2022-23.  

Natasha Borton is a multi-disciplined creative and workshop facilitator, who uses poetry, spoken word, theatre, and music in her work and facilitation across the UK and who believes in the power of the arts to connect people through Lived Experiences. She has supported international performers such as Neil Hilborn, Rudy Franscisco, and Sophie McKeand and performed at The Lowry, Everyman Theatre and Playhouse, Wales Millennium Centre and at events such as National Theatre Wales Big Democracy, Bang! Said the Gun and Storm of the Golden Sky. She is a National Theatre Wales TEAM Panel member, co-founder of North Wales Creative Network, and the Artistic Director for Voicebox Spoken Word, Wrexham, North Wales.   

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