STAFF at a Mold theatre have been shortlisted for a creative award.

Serena Etchells of Theatr Clwyd’s Creative Engagement team has been nominated for the Wales Creative Learner of the Year Award in the Wales Creative and Cultural Skills Awards.

Gwenno Jones has also been shortlisted in the awards.

Serena first engaged with Theatr Clwyd on a 4-week WeMindTheGap placement in 2017. She showed a 'huge interest' in the work of Theatr Clwyd, particularly that of the Creative Engagement team who use the arts as a tool to work with and support people in our community.

Theatr Clwyd, working in partnership with Flintshire Apprenticeship Scheme, managed to secure funds for Serena to work with them for a full year, which then developed into a further six months.

She also works on Theatr Clwyd’s extensive family and young people’s programmes such as summer schools, music festivals and family arts weekends and supports the theatre’s work for the arts and health programme including running Theatr Clwyd’s dementia arts café.

Serena Etchells said: “I feel so grateful and excited to have been nominated. It’s so lovely to be considered for Wales Creative Learner of the Year.”

In addition to Serena’s nomination, Gwenno Jones of Theatr Clwyd and Angela Rogers of Engage Cymru have been jointly nominated for Wales Creative Collaboration of the Year Award.

Engage Cymru and Theatr Clwyd collaborated to devise a 5-month Arts Award accredited project ‘Creative Potential’ aimed at some of the most vulnerable young people in Flintshire, including young offenders and those at high risk of offending.

Ten young people were engaged in the project aimed at increasing their knowledge about the arts, supporting them to develop practical creative skills, as well inspiring them to consider further training or employment in the creative industries.

The project focussed on developing participants self-esteem and confidence.

The 10 young people will be supported to gain an Arts Award – a nationally recognised arts qualification inspiring them to think positively about their futures.

Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director Tamara Harvey added: “From the moment Serena came to us for her WeMindTheGap placement, it was clear that she was a beautifully inventive young artist.

"We’ve been lucky to have her with us, and equally lucky to have the young people of Creative Potential with us under Gwenno and Angela’s guidance.

"It’s wonderful that Serena’s creativity and the inspiring collaboration with Engage Cymru have been recognised with this nomination.

"Serena and Gwenno will find out if they have won an award at the awards ceremony in Cardiff on Wednesday 29 January. Everyone at Theatr Clwyd wishes them the very best of luck."