Visitors will get a sneak preview of Gefail yr Ynys artists in residence David Snoo Wilson and Llyr Erddyn’s work at this year’s Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, which is being held in Bodedern, Anglesey.
The pair will hold a demonstration of copper pouring during the event, at midday on 9th August at ‘Yr Ardd Brofi’ (‘The Experience Garden’), which can be found next to Y Lle Celf on the Eisteddfod Maes.
The demonstration highlights the Gefail yr Ynys project, which sees an historic forge and metalworking facilities on Caernarfon’s waterfront reopened and used to give demonstrations and training courses in a variety of metalworking techniques, including jewellery making.
Gefail yr Ynys is part of a wider project to redevelop the ‘Island Site’ on Slate Quay to provide workshops and retail space for Caernarfon’s artists and makers – part of STAMP’s regeneration of Caernarfon through the arts.
Both artists are renowned for their work with metals, and through their connection with Gefail yr Ynys the pair have enjoyed the opportunity to share ideas and experiment with techniques and methods together.
Llyr, who is from Caernarfon, is interested in working with ores, and has recently been experimenting with rocks from Parys Mountain on Anglesey – a historic copper mining site. The copper pouring event at the Eisteddfod will relate to this work.
David, originally from Bristol, is an artist who specialises in casting methods. He is inspired by the qualities of molten metal – “incredible, beautiful, iridescent and dangerous” – and enjoys sharing the metal pouring experience. His public performances in the UK and overseas include creating bells and sculptures from molten iron, bronze, copper or aluminium.
As artists in residence at Gefail yr Ynys, Llyr and David have collaborated to make the foundry equipment which they’ll use during the copper pouring demonstration at the Eisteddfod. This equipment will be made available for other artists and makers to use at Gefail yr Ynys after their residency finishes. This leaves a lasting legacy of local expertise in creating works of art from cast metals long into the future.
To find out more about Gefail yr Ynys, including details of metalworking training courses, visit http://www.stamp.cymru/en/project/gefail-yr-ynys-3/