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Auction of Art and Promises for the Urdd

Published: 01/07/2015

An Arts and Crafts Auction of works by artists, crafters and makers from the region of the 2016 Urdd Eisteddfod, and the surrounding areas, will take place on Friday 10 July at 7pm at Connah’s Quay’s Civic Hall. In 2016 the Urdd National Eisteddfod will be held in Flintshire. This is cause for celebration and pride amongst the residents of the area. With its fascinating history, its unique buildings, scenery, its light, its colours and shapes, the County of Flintshire is a place famous for its artists, crafters, designers and makers. The Art, Design and Technology Committee was set up a few months ago to plan and make the necessary arrangements involved in holding an exhibition of children’s creative work at the Urdd Gobaith Cymru National Eisteddfod in Flintshire in 2016. One of the duties of the Committee will be to raise funds to stage the exhibition along with making a financial contribution towards the Eisteddfod’s overall costs. At the auction, there will be an opportunity to bid on 58 items that have been donated by artists, crafters and the local community. The items will be available to view from 6pm on the evening of the auction. Tickets for the event cost £5 and include light refreshments and entertainment as well as the opportunity to purchase an original artwork while raising money for this fantastic cause. The full catalogue of donations can be seen on the Urdd website with an opportunity to bid on the lots online. Donations include a stunning giclee print of Moel Fammau by Mold based artist Angie Hoopert; a signed Wales football shirt; photographs by nationally renowned photographer Llinos Lanini; a framed print of Eryri by John Morris; a painting of Noel Gallagher by local artist Clayton Langford; a series of collograph prints of Flintshire landmarks by Emma Jayne Holmes and a beautiful framed original artwork of Basingwerk Abbey by internationally known artist Jan Gardner, as well as many more items. Cllr Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education at Flintshire County Council, said: “The Urdd Eisteddfod is one of Europe’s largest youth touring festivals , attracting around 90,000 visitors each year, and in May 2016 it will be held in Flint, during Whitsun week. “It is a competitive festival with over 15,000 children and young people under the age of 25 competing during the Eisteddfod week in various competitions, such as singing, dancing and performing. They are the elite few from around 40,000 competitors across Wales who have won their place following local and regional rounds held in the spring months leading up to the Eisteddfod. “Urdd Eisteddfod week is the pinnacle of around three years hard work by local volunteers, and it is a real privilege to welcome this national event to Flintshire.” To view and bid on the items please go to or for further information, or to purchase tickets in advance, please contact Gwenno Eleri Jones, Flintshire County Council’s Arts, Culture and Events Manager on 01352 702471 or Rhian Hughes at the Urdd office on 01352 754956. Note to Editors Please contact 01352 702471 for more information. Images Pictured are some of the items which will feature in the auction on July 10.