Y Lle Celf is being inventive in these difficult times and is looking at innovative ways of celebrating the visual arts
This exciting virtual exhibition entitled Epona will ensure that the visual arts element is available for people’s appreciation at the Eisteddfod AmGen (amgen being the Welsh word for ‘alternative’).
In June 1940 Epynt (grid referance SN961464) was commandeered by the War Office. The 400 people who had been farming the mountain and the seven valleys were dispersed and the area was turned into an army firing range. To this day, in the main the hills continue to be under Ministry of Defence control and are closed to the public.
The name Epynt is derived from the Brythonic word epo-s ‘horse(s) – that also gives us the Celtic goddess’ name Epona – and hynt meaning ‘where horses roam’.
As well as being the protector of horses, Epona was the goddess of fertility and is associated with Rhiannon in the Mabinogi. In turn Rhiannon (the Great Queen) was considered to be the goddess of rebirth, wisdom, transformation and artistic inspiration.
Bearing in mind the Epynt clearances of 80 years ago, artists were invited to imagine what sort of world you would like to see after C-19 has passed.
Epona includes work by 31 artists who have all exhibited in Y Lle Celf at the National Eisteddfod of Wales before. Amongst them 16 have won either the Gold Medal for Fine Art or the Gold Medal for Craft and Design.
Though restricted to two dimensional or moving images, it is astonishing how the artists have responded to the brief. The medium used varies from drawing, painting and collage to photography, video and animation.
Several have imagined Epynt in the past, some the present, whilst others long for a better world post Covid-19.
Manon Awst https://manonawst.com
Billy Bagilhole https://www.billybagilhole.co.uk
Iwan Bala https://www.iwanbala.com
Morag Colquhoun https://www.moragcolquhoun.com
Lowri Davies https://www.lowridavies.com
Tim Davies http://www.timdaviesartist.com
Nerea Martinez de Lecea https://icantnot.com
Carwyn Evans https://carwynevans.com
Peter Finnemore https://peterfinnemore.com
Sean Harris https://echo-maker.com
Catrin Howell http://www.catrinhowell.com
Aled Rhys Hughes http://www.aledrhyshughes.co.uk
Angharad Pearce Jones http://www.angharadpearcejones.com
Julia Griffiths Jones https://www.juliagriffithsjones.co.uk
Paul R Jones https://www.axisweb.org/p/pauljones
Anna Lewis https://www.annalewisdesign.com
Elfyn Lewis https://www.elfynlewis.com
Efa Lois https://efalois.cymru
Eleri Mills https://www.elerimills.co.uk
Luned Rhys Parri
Anthony Shapland http://www.anthonyshapland.com
André Stitt http://www.andrestitt.com
Jennifer Taylor https://www.jennifertaylor.co
Daniel Trivedy http://www.danieltrivedy.com
Sean Vicary https://www.seanvicary.com
Emrys Williams http://www.emryswilliams.co.uk