The supporters of the Conwy County 2918 National Eisteddfod of Wales have struck on a new way of raising funds for the festival.
At Llanrwst the members of the Visual Arts Committee have approached a knowledgeable auction house to sell artwork on their behalf in a prestigious sale in Cardiff.
The idea of selling by auction was planted when Pwllheli artist Catrin Williams donated a colourful work of art to the committee. For a short while the members pondered on what exactly to do with the painting.
“We deliberated on the best way of putting it to use,” said Chair Carol Owen, “selling it through a gallery, offering it as a prize in a raffle, or holding a fundraising evening with an auction? What would be appropriate and who best to do this in good time for the Eisteddfod to profit?”
It was decided to approach Rogers Jones & Co. Auctioneers at Colwyn Bay for advice. And providing that the committee could assemble a collection of ten quality pictures by the end of January, the company would provide a slot to sell them in the popular Welsh Sale in Cardiff.
Lot 402 CATRIN WILLIAMS mixed media on canvas - colourful cottage and other properties, signed and entitled `Towards the Sea`, 14 x 40cms (framed and glazed)¦ Provenance: being sold on behalf of the National Eisteddfod Llanrwst 2019 is now at the sale room.
Following the encouragement the committee approached other artists for work to sell. The members were amazed by the good will demonstrated. Such was the enthusiasm that the Chair contributed one of her own prints.
Gradually Catrin Williams’ multimedia work was added to by local, national and international artists – some like Cefyn Burgess, Emrys Williams and Luned Rhys Parri had won awards at the Eisteddfod, and others such as William Selwyn, Dewi Tudur, Maurice Greenwood, John Roose Evans and Alison Bradley were established artists.
“Between our contacts across the North, South and abroad, we received artworks by ten artists of repute,” said Carol Owen. “Subsequently, following the perseverance of our secretary Ann Owen, we were given a valuable sculpture by renowned artist David Nash – Lot 405. So our collection became eleven works of art – ten pictures and one sculpture.”
The artworks will now go under the hammer along with the Swansea and Nantgarw china and Llanelly pottery and works by well-known 20th Century Welsh painters in the big sale. And fittingly the auction will include items by Brenda Chamberlain – the artist who won the Gold Medal for Fine Art when it was first awarded at the National Eisteddfod held in Llanrwst in 1951.
Thanks to the festival’s contribution to the visual arts in Wales, Roger Jones & Co. were quite prepared to include the artworks given to the Conwy County 2019 Visual Arts Committee in the auction.
“The Eisteddfod’s Gold Medal for Fine Art has been awarded to many of the artists that we sell regularly in The Welsh Sale,” said auctioneer Ben Rogers Jones. “And doubtless the prestige of winning this award has the profile of the winners – consequently helping us achieve record prices over the years. So, in a way, we feel like we are giving something back by supporting the Eisteddfod.”
The Welsh Sale takes place at 10.30am, Saturday, 23 March 2019 in the Rogers Jones & Co. Saleroom, 17 Llandough Trading Estate, Penarth Road, Cardiff, CF11 8RR
The lots for sale on behalf of the National Eisteddfod include works by Alison Bradley Cefyn Burgess, John Roose Evans, Maurice Greenwood, David Nash, Carol Owen, Luned Rhys Parri, William Selwyn, Dewi Tudur, Catrin Williams and Emrys Williams.
1. ‘Tryfan' by William Selwyn. Watercolour, 37 x 51cms (framed and glazed). Signed by the artist.
2. ‘'Blue Trees' by Carol Owen. Limited edition (2/100) mixed media print, 34 x 24cms (framed and glazed). Signed by the artist.
3. 'Late Afternoon’ by Emrys Williams. Oil on canvas box frame (unframed - no glass), 30 x 40cms.
4. ‘Llanfairtalhaearn Village' by Maurice Greenwood. Watercolour, 23 x 30cms (framed and glazed). Signed by the artist.
5. ‘Sugarloaf Mountain’ by John Roose Evans. Acrylic on canvas, 51 x 76cms (framed and unglazed). Signed by the artist.
6. ‘Capel Peniel, Llanrwst’ by Cefyn Burgess. Machine embroidered study, 16 x 16cms (framed and glazed). Signed by the artist.
7. ‘Towards the sea’ by Catrin Williams. Mixed media on canvas, 14 x 40cms (framed and glazed). Signed by the artist.
8. ‘Portrait’ by Luned Rhys Parri. Mixed media on canvas, 16 x 16cms (framed and glazed). Signed by the artist.
9. ‘Home time, Winter evening’ by Alison Bradley. Colour print. 25 x 17cms (framed and glazed). Signed by the artist.
10. ‘Starlings, Vineyard, Snow’, by Dewi Tudur. Ink on paper, mounted but unframed, 20 x 28cms (unframed and unglazed). Signed by the artist.
11. ‘Branded Cedar Facets’ by David Nash. Cedar wood sculpture - abstract, 22 x 19 x 21cm, Signed by the artist.