Design ideas sought for 2019 Conwy County National Eisteddfod crown Wednesday 30 May 2018

North Wales and north Powys housing association, Grŵp Cynefin, is looking for a designer to create the 2019 Conwy County National Eisteddfod crown.


Design ideas sought for 2019 Conwy County National Eisteddfod crown

Shan Lloyd Williams, chief executive of Grŵp Cynefin, said: “It is a great privilege for us to be given the opportunity to commission the 2019 National Eisteddfod crown at Conwy county.

“As a Welsh housing organisation firmly rooted in north Wales, we see this as a huge privilege to work with our national festival to celebrate Welsh culture and language.

“As an employer of over 200 people and an organisation with almost 5,000 homes, it is our communities that are involved in the preparation activities supporting and facilitating the Eisteddfod in 2019, so it is a privilege to support these communities and present the crown.”

Grŵp Cynefin is keen to invite craftspeople to express an interest in designing and creating the crown. The craftmaker has the opportunity to create the crown from any material provided it is durable, lightweight and from a permanent material.

The crown is the most acclaimed prize of the National Eisteddfod and is presented at a special ceremony for the winner of one of the two main poetry competitions at the festival.

Elen Elis, National Eisteddfod Organiser said: “We are delighted that Grŵp Cynefin is sponsoring the crown at Conwy County National Eisteddfod 2019, and we are grateful to receive local support for such an important competition. We look forward to working with them and in the near future seeing the initial design for the crown. We hope there will be a worthy winner!

“The competitions for the Eisteddfod will be announced on the 7th of July, at the time of the proclamation in Conwy, where the 2019 competition list will be presented by the Chair of the Local Eisteddfod Executive to the Archdruid.”

Shan Lloyd Williams, Grŵp Cynefin said: “In terms of the brief, we are keen for the crown to reflect Grŵp Cynefin’s principles of providing quality homes, developing sustainable communities where people want to live and deliver excellent services. We want the crown to convey our vision of providing ‘more than housing’ to showcase our work of supporting Welsh rural communities in areas such as the Conwy Valley and surrounding areas, where the Eisteddfod will be held in 2019.”

The final presented design will need to be approved by the Gorsedd Bards before commencing work.

A concept for the crown (less than 500 words) must be presented, with the option of submitting images, if desired, by email before 5pm, on Monday 2 July 2018.

Full details for the whole application process can be obtained by contacting Awel Morris on awel.morris@grwpcynefin.org, by calling 0300 111 2122 or download the brief below.

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