‘The idea behind The Great Big Walk is my passion – bringing people together, strengthening our connections and appreciating our communities. I hope to strengthen my understanding of people - their diversity and the individuals who make up our beautiful country.’
The community artist
Amelia Thomas from Tongwynlais, Wales, works as a mural artist. She signs her name ‘unity’ – her hope for herself and the world around her. Passionate about her community, she set up the ‘Tongwynlais, Our Neighbourhood’ group which runs a fortnightly ‘Pins n Needles’ knitting and sewing group, regular litter picks, a walking school bus, fundraisers and other community events.
Bringing together her passions in both art and her community, Amelia has been working closely with Cardiff Council to set up legal places to paint in Cardiff, and is currently working on a community mural project as part of a regeneration project in Pill, Newport.
A surfer in her free time, Amelia loves the connection that it brings her with the sea and she told us that she can’t wait to experience the power of our fantastic landscape and communities by foot. ‘By travelling on foot I’ll make a deep connection with the people along the way – experiencing their surroundings in ‘real time’. I hope to strengthen my understanding of people – their diversity and the individuals who make up our beautiful country. By pushing myself I will also strengthen my own connection between body, mind and soul – my personal ‘unity’.’