Art competition will be in memory of Eirian Llwyd

Published date: 02 July 2014 |
Published by: Shane Brennan
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A VALE of Clwyd artist will be commemorated with a competition set up in her memory.

Eirian Llwyd, who was originally from Prion, was a famous print artist and a great advocate of the medium.

She died in February following a short illness.

Her husband, Ieuan Wyn Jones, the former leader of Plaid Cymru, has walked the length of Offa’s Dyke to raise funds for the competition.

Mr Wyn Jones set off from Chepstow in South Wales and reached the Vale 10 days later.

On the penultimate day of his trek, he walked from the Clwyd Gate to Bodfari and finished his journey in Prestatyn the following day.

Speaking to the Free Press on the route, Mr Wyn Jones explained why the walk area had been so special to him and Eirian.

He said: “Eirian was born and brought up in Prion she went to school in the area and then went to Liverpool and then we came back. When we married we lived for 11 years after we married in Denbigh. It's an area very close to both our hearts.

“Most of my legal career was in the Vale of Clwyd so its appropriate to be finishing up here and it s quite emotional because there aren't many parts of Offa's Dyke that Eirain and I had walked together. There was a small section in the south and this one Moel Famau and Moel Arthur in the north, so it is particularly important for me to have done the Dyke but also those sections that we actually managed to do together.

“Denbigh Eisteddfod was special to her because it was  her home town. She knew people she really enjoyed it meeting people promoting print making and without doubt it was the most successful eisteddfod for prints of all the ones that she had done in the last four or five years and it was the last she did and then she went ill afterwards unfortunately.”

Mr Wyn Jones set off with the goal of raising £8,000 for the competition, a goal he had reached by the time he got to the Vale.

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