This winter our Glanfa area is transforming into an enchanting habitat where humans and woodland flora and fauna live in harmony.
Featuring a magical sculptural nest, a woodland soundscape, warm textile prints and tactile willow forms, Helen and Catrin invite you to cwtch up and transport yourself to their favourite winter space in this cosy installation which brings all the beauty of Welsh woodlands indoors.
Both Helen and Catrin are activists for biodiversity and climate change and use their art to share messages about the natural world and build a connection with the issues surrounding it. In creating these artworks, they are committed to using natural, organic and biodegradable materials sourced locally, as well as finding zero-waste processes through repurposing materials.
Look out for the NYTH/NEST art trail
Take yourself on a journey around our building on the NYTH/NEST art trail, featuring nature mandalas and woodland sketches by artists young and old. They were created during a day of fun at the Coedwig Creu Woods, when communities from Pontypridd and Riverside in Cardiff joined Helen and Catrin for foraging and creativity in the woodland. After cooking bread and marshmallows on the fire, they commemorated the day by planting a walnut tree.
Catrin Doyle is part of a collective behind the NATURPonty: Pontypridd Nature Reserve project, which brings artists, scientists and young people together to get creative and enhance biodiversity in Pontypridd. Helen Malia is the founder of Coedwig Creu, a hub of contemporary arts, heritage crafts and environmental projects in beautiful woodland surroundings just outside Cardiff.
A huge THANK YOU to the teams at the Riverside Hub and the Riverside Music Project in Cardiff for their support. Another big thanks to Kevin Ford, musician and producer, for working alongside us on our new adventure into soundscape!