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Opening the door to arts for all


Half a century of community arts at Llanover Hall is being celebrated this month at a free exhibition at the centre.


This year'sFriends of Llanover Hall exhibition, which showcases some of the work of people who support, or have exhibited or studied there, marks 50 years since the arts centre was first used as a modern art workshop for young people in 1969.


The exhibition was officially opened at a family fun day earlier in June by Leader of the Council, Cllr Huw Thomas and is open to the public until Friday, July 26 during centre opening hours, 10am to 9pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm on Saturdays.


Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry, said: "Llanover Hall is an important community facility that has opened the door to involvement in the arts for thousands of people over the years. Fifty years since it was established as an arts activities centre for young people, Llanover Hall today is a thriving gateway to the arts, offering a wide range of classes and courses to people of all ages and abilities."


Classes at Llanover Hall are provided by the Council's Learning for Life team and  courses are paid for by learners. Some courses havebeen specifically designed for people with either mental health issues or physical impairment and are offered through Disability Inclusion in Community Education (DICE) team.


Chair of the Llanover Hall Charity group, Richard Manners, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Council to ensure Llanover Hall continues to flourish, providing learners and artists across the board with a place to nurture their creativity. As someone who has supported the centre for many years, and also brought my children here to take part,  I know what an important role the centre plays in  improving the well-being of individuals and in turn, the well-being of the wider community."


For more information about Llanover Hall, including the range of classes and courses offered at the centre, visitwww.llanoverhall.comand for more on the Council's Adult and Community Learning service,