‘Cymry ar Gynfas’ exhibition to be seen at Storiel

22 July 2021

Following the latest series of Cymry ar Gynfas which was broadcast on S4C in April, works from both series are now on display at Storiel gallery and museum, Bangor.

The Cymry ar Gynfas series shows the most familiar faces from Wales in a completely different way. Both series' have brought together twelve Welsh icons and twelve artists to create twelve portraits which reflect the personalities of the sitters and the unique style of each artist.

In each programme, each artist has a day with their 'object' at a location of choice, then returns to the studio to work on their masterpiece before revealing the finished portraits.

In the latest series, broadcaster Beti George was interpreted by artist Catrin Williams, naturalist Iolo Williams painted by Meinir Matthias, musician and lead vocalist of the band Candelas Osian Huw Williams by Christine Mills, Archdruid Myrddin ap Dafydd by Anthony Evans, singer Kizzy Crawford by Seren Morgan Jones and influential singer and activist Dafydd Iwan by Wil Rowlands.

And in the first series, Robin McBryde was painted by Iwan Gwyn Parry, Max Boyce by Meirion Jones, Catrin Finch by Annie Morgan Suganami, Rhys Mwyn by Luned Rhys Parry, Margaret Williams by Sarah Carvell and Bryn Terfel by Billy Bagilhole.

And now, there's an opportunity to see these unique works at Storiel, Bangor.

Elen Rhys, S4C's Commissioner for Entertainment, said:

"It's great to have the opportunity to showcase the striking collection of the Cymry ar Gynfas series at Storiel. The works are very special and created by some of Wales' leading artists. It's a pleasure to be able to offer the public an opportunity to see and enjoy these works."

Delyth Gwawr, Gwynedd Council's Visual Arts Officer, said:

"We are delighted to be displaying this captivating collection of portraits of prominent Welsh people at Storiel. It was great to see the various artists over the two series responding to the challenge and it's great that there's an opportunity to invite the public to see the original works here at Storiel."

The exhibition will run until the fourth of September, and the latest series of Cymry ar Gynfas is also available on demand on S4C Clic.

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