Datganiad i’r Wasg / Press Release 26 May 2008 ART DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION At mid-day today, well known S4C presenter, Nia Parry, will officially open the Art, Design and Technology Exhibition at the Urdd National Eisteddfod at Conwy. Celebrating the success of the children and young people of Wales in the visual arts, and firing their interest in art, design and technology, this exhibition is one of the main cultural events in Wales. The theme for this year’s exhibition is Cyswllt (Links), and there are over 200 pieces of work in the exhibition - ranging from artwork and ceramics to puppets. The final judging for this exhibition took place over the Easter break when acclaimed adjudicators from various artistic backgrounds chose the prize winning pieces. One of Europe’s best known and most experienced jewellers adjudicated in the jewellery section. Says Kathleen Makinson from Denbigh: “The jewellery made by the primary school children shows a great deal of innovation and imagination. They have responded to the brief in interesting and ingenious ways, to produce objects of every kind .” Kathleen is no stranger to the Urdd - 29 years ago she made the crown that is still used in the crowning ceremony. "The idea was to have daffodils all the way around that were articulated. They can move ever so slightly so as to catch the light," says Kathleen. Kathleen has also been busy making the medals to be awarded to the winners of a number of prestigious competitions including the main literary competitions, arts, design and technology competitions, drama medal, the medal for the best composer, the John and Ceridwen Hughes medal which is presented to honour the voluntary contribution of an individual to the Youth of Wales, and the medal for the winner of the Bryn Terfel Scholarship which will be awarded in September this year. The local Art, Design and Technology Committee, chaired by Dafydd Thomas, has been busy for the past two years preparing for this week. The committee have prepared an exquisite 18 month calendr, a commemorative artistic catalogue, featuring works by artists such as Wilf Roberts, Luned Rhys Parri, Catrin Williams, and a previously unpublished watercolour by Kyffin Williams. The watercolour ‘Trecastell', a farm at Porth Trecastell (Cable Bay), Anglesey was a favourite spot for Kyffin, as he spent some time painting at this location during the latter part of his life. Says Dafydd Thomas: “Kyffin Williams’ work certainly raised the profile of this 18 month calendar filled with images from Wales’ leading Welsh artists, some long established and others just starting out. Kyffin’s support to young artists and organisations like the Urdd was second to none. We are extremely grateful to his Estate for this privilege.” All week at the Art, Design and Technology Exhibition, three local artists who’s work feature on the calender, will hold workshops for children and youngsters. Catrin Williams, Luned Rhys Parri and Eleri Jones are looking forward to the experience. Says Eleri: “I always look forard to attending the Arts and Crafft Pavillion every year to see what inovative and exciting ideas the young people of Wales have come up with. I leave the Pavillion feeling inspired and quite envious of all the unique ideas. With Bernadette Rippon, the Education Officer at Oriel Mostyn, I will be running two workshops on Friday 30 May in the Arts and Crafft Pavillion (11am- 12.30 and 2-3.30pm). We will be making larger than life mobile phones from various mixed mediums, so no matter what you age call in and see us!” Eleri, has herself been a member of Urdd Gobaith Cymru and spends some of her time preparing art workshops with youngsters, with the rest of her time devoted to her role as Education Officer with the Royal Cambrian Academy at Conwy. During the summer, Eleri will exhibit at Canolfan y Plase, Y Bala, where her work will depict the lambing season at her home in Trofarth, Conwy. Aled Sion, Urdd Gobaith Cymru Director for the Eisteddfod and the Arts says: "Once again this year, the Art, Design and Technology exhibition showcases the very best of our children and young people’s artistic talents. The Urdd Eisteddfod offers our members countless opportunities to excel in many different fields, and we are exteremly proud of the standard of the exhibits in the Art Design and Technology pavilion this year." At the official opening today there will be an opportunity to meet the winner of the First Prize for Art, Design and Technology Urdd Gobaith Cymru 2008 in the under 18 years age group, and also the winner of the Art, Design and Technology Scholarship kindly presented on behalf of Dr Dewi Davies and Family. This prize is presented to the individual between 18 and 25 years old producing the most promising work. The winner will be invited back next year to present a selection of work at the exhibition and the prize is worth £2,000 a year. The name of the scholarship winner, as well as the winner of the Art, Design and Technology Medal will be announced in the Pavilion during the opening ceremony at 11.00 am today. The calendar is available at the exhibition on the maes for £7.50, or for £9 including postage and packaging from email@example.com or by calling 01492 575011. Cheques with orders payable to Eisteddfod yr Urdd 2008. - ends - Media contact: Sian Eleri Davies: 07976 330360 Manon Llwyd: 07976 330361 EISTEDDFOD YR URDD: The Urdd National Eisteddfod is the largest youth festival in Europe. 40,000 young people will be competing in various competitions including recitation, choral singing, dance, arts and craft, composition and poetry. The Eisteddfod attracts over 100,000 visitors, 15,000 competitors and almost a million television viewers. Welsh stars such as Bryn Terfel, Ioan Gruffudd, Cerys Matthews, Aled Jones, Shân Cothi and Daniel Evans all gained valuable performing experience on the Urdd stage. The Eisteddfod offers wall to wall competitions between 11.00 - 5.00 and evening competitions on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Eisteddfod will be held at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff in 2009 and in Ceredigion in 2010.