Grŵp Cynefin unveil and present this year’s Crown to the National Eisteddfod Friday 14 June 2019

“It is an honour to present the Crown for Conwy County’s National to the festival’s Executive Committee, at a special ceremony in Oriel Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst (13 June 2019),” said Dafydd Lewis, Grŵp Cynefin’s Board of Management Chairman.

Grŵp Cynefin unveil and present this year’s Crown to the National Eisteddfod

Grŵp Cynefin is this year’s Eisteddfod Crown sponsor and it has been designed and created by contemporary jeweller Angela Evans from Caernarfon. The creation of a Crown has always been Angela’s dream, and this year she has been given the opportunity to fulfil her ambition by creating a beautiful and delicate Crown.

Shan Lloyd Williams, Grŵp Cynefin Chief Executive said: “There are three key elements to the Crown’s design, with three layers of metal outline creating an exciting and modern image linked to the basic principles of Grŵp Cynefin. It is wonderful to see the completed Crown and we are grateful to Angela for all her work.”

Shapes of stylish houses form the first tier of the Crown, but they are, of course, more than houses. These are home to the people and families of the area.

Angela explains: “Our culture is maintained through our communities: in these homes our people, our language and our culture thrive. This is the basis of the Crown, the tallest and strongest part.”

“Our main principle as a housing association is to be able to offer quality homes within the rural communities of north Wales. But as an organisation it is not just about bricks and mortar. We are so proud of Angela’s work, and we are delighted that houses are appearing in the Crown design for the first time in the history of the Eisteddfod,” added Dafydd Lewis.

Triangles appear in the second tier, a shape with natural strength, representing the roofs of houses, supporting structures against lateral pressures, and representing the sustainability of the area. And to crown each pinnacle is a copper ball, a renowned characteristic of Angela’s work as a professional jeweller.

The copper originates from the old Great Orme copper mines in Llandudno, and a 2cm cube of pure bright copper was presented to the Eisteddfod in order that Angela could make use of it as a decorative element on the Crown.

The third tier is the county of Conwy, the rural valley and the densely populated coast. The glow that flows through the mountains down the valley and into the sea through the River Conwy is water: it brings its nutrition as an essential container to create a thriving community, environment and landscape, and to ensure a strong habitat for man and animal. Therefore, the flow of water seen in the last layer, is a smooth soft arch to convey the movement of the flow. Along its length, there are droplets of bright water created from a blue coloured topas stone as it simulates the colours of Grŵp Cynefin’s recognisable brand.

The Gorsedd of Bards’ Nod Cyfrin, its unique mark, is on the front of the Crown, under the main shape of the roof of the house, which is set to protect it. And at the bottom of the Crown, the words Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Sir Conwy 2019 have been inscribed.

The Crown is presented for a sequence of poems not in cynghanedd, of no more than 250 lines, on the subject of Cilfachau (inlets). The prize money is donated by John Arthur and Margaret Glyn Jones and the family, Llanrwst.

Dafydd Lewis concluded: “As with every Eisteddfod our hope is to see a winning poet wearing the Crown at the Eisteddfod ceremony on Monday 5 August at 16.30 in Llanrwst. We wish to thank everyone who has been involved in all the preparatory work.”

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