Welsh Museums Festival is gearing up to help you enjoy a #HistoricHalfTerm during the last week of October, with a wealth of online events and activities for all ages.

This year, Storiel Museum and Gallery in Bangor are inviting families and artists to explore the theme of masks and identity by decorating individual full-face masks at home for an online exhibition.

Families can also share their mask-making progress via social media.

Mask-wearing is part of the Halloween tradition, though we currently wear face-coverings to protect each other and to comply with legal requirements.

The finished masks will then be included in a special online exhibition alongside masks made by professional artists, which will be followed up with an online sale of Artist made masks in aid of the Gwynedd homelessness charity GISDA (www.gisda.org).

Lyndsey Thomas, Support and Development Manager with GISDA, said: “GISDA would like to thank Storiel for raising money to support out work with homeless and vulnerable young people in Gwynedd. The pandemic has been a difficult time for young people in general and it continues to be so.

“The percentage of young people that are out of work has increased and this is the group that has been hardest hit. We believe that creative arts is very beneficial to a person’s mental health therefore our Academi Cyfleon (Opportunities Academy) will also be taking part in the activity.”

To participate, simply send an email to storiel@gwynedd.llyw.cymru to be sent a mask for you to decorate (Covid 19 quarantine restrictions apply).

The packaging can then be re-used to return your finished mask free of charge. Remember to include your name with your mask if you would like this to appear with your artwork.

Welsh Museums Festival is funded by Welsh Government and runs from 24 October – 1 November this year with online events for all ages. Full details of activities during Welsh Museums Festival are available on the festival website: www.museums.wales