Eisteddfod Genedlaethol/National Eisteddfod, 2013

Not to be confused with the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen - lots of people in traditional costumes singing and dancing - the National Eisteddfod (linc Cymraeg) is the premier Welsh cultural event.  Held every August, it alternates between North and South Wales and is a showcase for all things Welsh, from the language itself to the visual arts via music, craft, books....  you name it.
The Wales' printmakers' collective Y Lle Print Gwreiddiol (the Original Print Place) has a stand in the Exhibition Hall with an eclectic show of work curated by Jim Creed of the Regional Print Centre, Wrexham.
The show is based around "core" artists who had work displayed in the EU Parliament in Brussels, and in Amsterdam, for Y Lle Print, and also contains commissioned pieces.  A representative selection of prints made by artists working across the spectrum of printmaking media will be hung at the Eisteddfod (from August 3rd - 11th.) and at the Manorhaus in Ruthin, and will then go on tour over the next 12 months.

Jim, Eirian Llwyd and Lauren Burgess (two of the three organisers), with assistance from myself, set up the show at the end of this week.  Jim, Eirian and I perspired in the hall, unwrapping and sorting out the work while Lauren quartered the country collecting the remaining prints.  Then there was the cataloguing of the work, delivery to the second exhibition site, mirror-plating the frames for those who had omitted to do it, tidying the bubble wrap..... and that's without the actual fixing of the stuff to the walls.

 More info will undoubtedly appear on the Facebook page  when the organisers have recovered enough energy to post there!


The end of a busy day, with just the actual hanging to do.

John Abell's huge linocut