Gefall yr Ynys is a forge with metalworking facilities, located in the Slate Quay area of Caernarfon. In collaboration with local makers, artists and just the plain curious, the space will be opened up to wide range of users as part of the Ideas, People & Places programme, funded by Arts Council of Wales.
Addo have been appointed to manage and develop the programme and are delighted to be involved in the development of Gefail yr Ynys as a maker-led space for Caernarfon. The building is of historic importance as a forge and will be a key structure in the current development of the Island site. Ultimately we are aiming to develop a business model which will allow the space to remain as a resource open for local people to develop skills and create new things.
Addo are a not-for-profit arts organization specializing in curatorial projects with people. More information about current and past projects can be found at http://www.addocreative.com/blog-1/ Addo will be working in association with Bethan Page, a freelance arts professional, to deliver the Gefail yr Ynys project.
Opportunities to get involved will include short-courses, artist in residences, talks and seminars and open access sessions. A programme has been launched which will include short courses with local artists and makers and events with resident artists.
Dylan Parry is our blacksmith and technician. In addition to leading courses on blacksmithing for beginners and the more advanced, Dylan will also open up Gefail yr Ynys for regular open access sessions which will allow competent users to work on their own projects with the welding and forge equipment on site.
“Exciting opportunities to have a go at learning to create, make and mend using traditional and some modern methods. Courses can be adjusted to suit individual needs.” Dylan Parry
Local silversmith Miranda Meilleur will lead sessions in metalwork and silversmithing. Participants will make pierced bowls and silver jewellery pieces.
We are interested in hearing from local people about what they’d like to see happen at the space. So far it’s been used to host talks and events and we’ve been asked in the last few weeks to hold theatre performances and metal pouring from a foundry.