Llangollen Eisteddfod Call Out – Get Stitching!

International artist Luke Jerram plans fabric transformation of Llangollen bridge – the photo shows a mock-up of how the artwork will look.

Llangollen Eisteddfod are calling out for people to help transform the landmark Llangollen Bridge into a giant work of art to launch this year’s festival.

The Eisteddfod has commissioned internationally renowned artist Luke Jerram to create the new artwork. He plans to wrap the 60 metre-long bridge in a giant patchwork reflecting the crafts and cultures of Wales alongside the festival’s participating nations. Whilst the festival will mainly be held online this year, we hope the eye-catching bridge will also attract people to visit the town this summer.

Luke Jerram’s new bridge artwork will connect and extend the Eisteddfod’s creativity out from the field, into the town, transforming and animating Llangollen for the whole world to see.

We are offering you the opportunity to get involved, by asking that you make your own 1m x 1m fabric squares which will be stitched together and hung over the bridge. Ideally the patches should be bold in design, so it stands out when seen from a distance.

For your patch to be included in the bridge, it needs to be delivered to the Penddol entrance by the Llangollen Eisteddfod site by 30th June 2021.

The address for those wishing to post their patch: LIME Office, Royal International Pavilion, Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SW

Any questions please call 01978 862000 or email info@llangollen.net.

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Artist Luke Jerram, who is known for public art works around the world, said:

“When I first saw Llangollen Bridge I fell in love with it. It’s so iconic and at the heart of the town. Across the world, bridges have always been used as both a physical and symbolic way to connect people – which fits perfectly with the aims and ambitions of the Eisteddfod. I can’t wait to see the patchworks the creative people from the local community send in, in order to turn the bridge into a work of art.”

Betsan Moses, CEO Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (LIME) said:

“The Eisteddfod has a long and rich history of working with different communities and nations across the world to bring people together to share their creativity and a message of peace. The community of Llangollen are so important to the festival, with hundreds of local people volunteering every year. So we hope that creating and sharing patchwork pieces for the bridge artwork will be a way of helping them to connect to the online festival this summer, as well as attracting visitors to the town.”

Terms and conditions

Your patchwork needs to be made of fabric and 1m x 1m in size. Any colours are permitted and we are seeking imagery that is bold and geometrically strong. Your design should not include writing or political messaging.*

*We reserve the right, not to include your patchwork if it is deemed inappropriate.

About Luke Jerram

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in Bristol, UK but working internationally, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects over the last 24 years which have excited and inspired people around the globe.