By guest blogger Hannah Pickering.

Hannah was a student at the Cardiff Metropolitan University Widening Access Summer School and was invited to take part in the Widening Access Exhibition at this year’s festival. We have invited Hannah to write a number of blog posts about her experience at the WA Summer School and the events she took part in and attended during the festival.




This a Poem I Created as Inspiration from My Lighthouse Drawing/Painting, listed in the middle of My Artwork Graphics above. It’s the Artwork I had in the ‘Widening Access Courses, Exhibition,’ with Cardiff Met University, I attended in the Summer this year, as mentioned in My previous Blog for ‘Made In Roath.’ It was in the Church next to My Lighthouse Painting, on the left, St Edwards Church. I Entered it to Rachel Carneys Writing Competition throughout the festival. Which could have been on any piece of Artwork listed in any Exhibitions and Gallery’s throughout the ‘Made In Roaths,’ Oct Festival 2017.

The Following Image is of the Different Items I Collected throughout the Festival, some bought for just a £1 & others I Made or Collected for Free & things I participated in.


First of all I just wanted to begin saying, THANK YOU! To ‘Made In Roath,’ for teaming up with ‘Cardiff Met University: with their Widening Access Free Summer School Courses,’ to allow, those of us who took part in them, this year, 2017, to have One Piece of Art work within an Artwork Gallery Exhibition, at their Festival this Oct 2017.

It helps knowing that there are some people in the world, who do know how a community should work and exist, and that there is such a thing like Human Kindness still within the world. The only thing I would have said that could have been different or changed is that the whole Festival events should have gone on for much longer! So I could have attended all of the events.

Community to me being a part of local events where people recognise you as an individual and a human being and that each of us should respect and accept one another and include each other. A community is made of people usually being able to do things together and even better without much money being made or spent. It goes to show that there is human kindness in the world by others willing to sacrifice time and money just to be a part of a community. It makes being human not quite such a bleak life experience in living within this amazing, wonderful and yet dark Universe.

Here are Picture Collages of some of the Events I did attend Below: This is the Inkspot Evening the Opening Evening of the Festival:


With Music, from different Musicians, free Food and £1 for some Drinks and good company, and Artistic Craft being Presented and some even still being made, what a great way to spend an evening. Plus a brilliant way to kick off a Festival for Oct 2017. 

The Albany RD Gallery: 

Amazing insights to different types of Artwork and Craft Displayed in a local gallery. What beautiful hands and mind humans can have. From what’s already been created for us in the world, or what comes from imagination. 

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A truly amazing, quaint little gallery in a central location within the Roath Community, on Albany RD it’s self, with a wide range of wonderful artwork and handmade craft work, for a variety of prices.

Catays Library:

This was a lovely decorated location, full of Fairwaters Pottery Club:



The 2 Ceremic HandMade Angels Above the Images of the Pics Above in the ‘Welcome,’ poster images, I bought in the Lucky Dip Pic, in the Pic to the Right of the Angels, which I didn’t know that was what I was getting, they were both a £1 in a set, I thought that was a really quaint idea. Great idea for presents for friends!


The Balloon Girl Book Evening:
An Interesting story about a Lady who has Written and Published a Book Called, ‘The Balloon Girl,’ the story is about a real girl in history, who flew one of the first Man Made Balloons into the air and landed in Cardiff, but by doing sadly died and disappeared for three days, know one seems to have known what happened for those three days. She has a Cemetery Grave, shown below, in Catays Grave Yard in Cardiff. 


One of the Poems was listed in the Envoi magazine (issue 175) entitled ‘The Artist Teaches Himself to Paint Grief’ by Wendy Klein, which was inspired by the work of Michelangelo:

The First Poem Below, to the Left, is this Poem: ‘Musica Mundana’ by Pascale Petit  (from her new collection Mama Amazonica) which she wrote partly inspired by the work of Anselm Kiefer, in particular a painting called ‘The Language of Flowers and Mute Things.’

The two pieces of Art that you can directly see below, My one is placed in the photo to the right, at the very end of the top line Photo Listed Below, in between is some poems other Poets have Written that we discussed too:


We also discussed this Artists work too and when we responded to this Artwork we had time to express it on paper, which we could read aloud or not. Up to ourselves.
She regularly continues her classes throughout the year now, once a month.

The Picture Collage is of ‘The Gate Centre,’ and its ‘Open Exhibition,’ Art Gallery. These are some of the ones we looked at together in Rachel Carneys Writing Group:


The Pics below, where placed just outside ‘The Gate Centre, and leading up to it. Title was called ‘By My Side, Come Rain or Shine.’ Created by a mixture of different companies/organisations etc…


 St Teilos High School, (I used to go) and ‘The TAVS,’ centre, which is run by Glenwood Church people, and I’ve Attended a few times to help create Artwork and some food too.

This Collage Below, are ‘St Edwards Church,’ displays, outside.



I met the gentleman who Created the display saying it was supposed to represent awareness of how much our Plastic Can Kill Animals and how a lot of them do by getting entangled in the plastic or by swallowing it. Actually in ‘The Blue Planet 2,’ TV series, of what I’ve seen, not really what I like to watch, cause although it has amazing Photography and I find animals fascinating, and how they live and work around us in the world, I’m not always so keen on seeing them kill or be killed by each other to survive etc… Anyway, they showed how plastic can kill animals, even babies making it harder to survive, so the message is obviously getting across to the world somewhere. But is it enough?

Below Here are the Pictures of Artwork My Artwork was a part of, of different types of Art and Craft Work, those who attended the ‘Widening Access Free Summer School Courses,’ at Cardiff Met University this Summer 2017. It was lovely meeting some of the other Artists on the Friday Preview Evening we had at this same church as mentioned above with the previous Photo Collage I’ve Created, was at St Edwards Church. We also had a lovely session performance from the Orchestra that played Wonderful Jazz Music for free too! So THANK YOU! St Edwards Church and for all of the other Artists who also submitted your work and who helped with the Gallery Viewings at the Weekend, I enjoyed helping out on the Saturday afternoon slot, so thanks for that opportunity and your hospitality.

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I really enjoyed attending the Albany RD Primary School Tour: with their WW1 Theme:


It was like going back in time as the kids had all dressed up and changed some of the class rooms to a Hospital ward, as in WW1 that’s what happened to the School and all the children had to go to another school. They wouldn’t let us upload pics of the kids to social media, which I can understand, so I haven’t to be on the safe side of things. Shame though because they did look lovely in their outfits and we had three young girls take us on our own tour as that just how it worked out at the time, with numbers and who was around waiting to go on a tour.

They had a range of different things they had written and created, and facts and information that was on display about those who attended the hospital at the time and what they did for our country. We have so many creative ways these days for the kids to express themselves and represent their knowledge in. They were using iPads as their guidelines too! School has changed so much since my day! Now that’s saying something since I grew up with technology and computers of some kind, but nothing compared to kids being able to create their own computer games, as they had, amazing! A wonderful way to spend a morning! Thank You for all of your effort and for opening up your School for us! Very fascinating indeed!

Below are Photographs I took attending a Book Workshop, Created By.

I joined in later on in the day and Created My Own, as I show after the First Photo, the following Five Pics are me in Working Progress and the Finishing Product is the Item, in the Picture to the right hand side of the College, at the bottom. The ladies hands are of the teachers hands, cutting the Shape I Created and others Created out of the Book we Created it in, very simple, but clever idea indeed. Many kids took part in it too. It was also a St Edwards Church, and in the same room My Artwork was placed too, so that was handy for me to help looking after the room and work as well as witness and attend this Book Workshop. And they say you can’t be in two places at once!

This was run by a lady called, Doreen Barnaville, she has a Website Link here:


One Final Bonus Was some, Free, Lovely, Tasty, Freshly Baked Home Bread Made, by ‘The TAVS Centre,’ on city road.