Castleland Community Centre held an exhibition of local artists’ poetry, painting and crafts on Tuesday 17th May 2016 to provide an opportunity for residents in the area to display their work. Exhibits were provided by a number of individual artists as well as members of SCOPE and Recovery Cymru (Metamorphosis Project). Cllr. Liz Burnett was impressed with the lifelike depiction of a running horse painted by Sheila Jones of Gibbonsdown. A field of poppies (Tanya Phillips, Dunlin Court) also was admired by visitors and an abstract painting of hearts from members of SCOPE drew a lot of attention. Craft items included: a seahorse made out of magazine pages, bird cages made from book pages, candle holders made from decorated bottles and jars. (SCOPE). Recovery Cymru artwork included paintings together with poems to demonstrate how people have given up their addictions. Councillor Stuart Egan, Vale of Glamorgan Mayor, was particularly taken with a painting from a person who had overcome a gambling addiction. Children from the Drop In Centre’s Friday Club provided a mural of hands in bright colours and received numerous compliments about their World War 1 Century book. A member of Castleland Volunteer staff also provided a copy of his book of poems which many attendees felt should be published! Barry Communities First requested to film the event as part of their celebration of volunteers in the community. Quote: “This is just what we are looking for our Sense of Barry initiative which is looking at heritage and the arts.” Councillor Liz Burnett.