In defence of Denbigh 2013


Shane Brennan

THE chairman of the National Eisteddfod council has defended the reputation of the art competition in Denbigh last year.

Eifion Lloyd Jones was responding to a BBC story that said the Arts Council of Wales was disappointed with standards at  Y Lle Celf arts pavilion when the event was held in Denbigh  in 2013.

The exhibition, which receives a share of a grant awarded by the Arts Council, attracts 40,000 people.

Mr Lloyd Jones, of Prion, said: “Appreciation of any form of the arts is very subjective; indeed, appreciation of the value of a single piece of art is subjective. Some forms of art appeal to me more than others, and some single pieces likewise.

“Although not an expert myself, I understand members of the Welsh Arts Council themselves debate the value of the Eisteddfod exhibition every year, some appreciative and some critical of that year’s content.

“However, the most important factor here is that the Eisteddfod provides a platform where the general public, who would not normally attend galleries and exhibitions, can view what has been selected for show by a panel of independent experts. This panel differs from year to year, and so therefore does its priorities and taste.

“At the instigation of its new organiser, Elen Elis, the Eisteddfod is currently conducting a review of all its diverse attractions and welcomes any contribution by either experts or the general public who care to provide their feedback on any aspect of Europe's largest peripatetic festival.”

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