On Friday 6th April CAER Studio artists led a series of drop-in workshops alongside the Hidden Hillfort/CAER Heritage project Easter Event at the former Caerau Gospel Hall on Church Road.
Visitors got a chance to get creative and try their hands at wool weaving and making seed bombs – and to design an Easter egg using Iron Age patterns for inspiration. They also got the chance to handle some of the amazing artefacts that have been found on the hill fort and to talk to CAER Heritage Project archaeologists and volunteers – or just chat over a coffee, a toasted marshmallow or some ‘proper’ food from the barbecue.
The day was a great success, the sun shone and the weather was perfect for an Easter Egg hunt followed by a tour of the hill fort with Olly Davis, director the CAER Heritage project.
“It was a really fun day for everyone involved and there was a great sense of community spirit. A local resident even brought along a minature rescue pony for everyone to admire! It’s always great to see some new (and familiar!) faces at our events and find out more about the local area and its residents.”
Nicola Parsons, CAER Studio artist and project coordinator
Following the success of the award-winning Caer Heritage Project, CAER Studio is a one year AHRC funded project that will lead to the development of a series of creatively co-produced art objects and craft items inspired by the history and heritage of the community of Caerau and Ely in South West Cardiff. Local people will have the chance to get involved in a range of artistic activities, inspired by the knowledge and artefacts gained from archaeological excavations at Caerau Hillfort. The CAER Collective, a cohort of local artists, will hold workshops and events over 2018 at which residents can come along and get creative, while developing new skills and learning more about the history of their community.