Friday 26 July 2013
The Dee Valley, which sits within the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is home to many archaeological sites including the stunning Valle Crucis Abbey, and will be a cultural hotspot during the Llangollen Fringe Festival.
Digital film preview
In the lead up to the Fringe, pupils from Ysgol Bryn Collen have been working with award-winning company Big Heritage to interpret Valle Crucis Abbey and its surroundings, including Eliseg’s Pillar. The pupils have created a digital film interpreting the valley, from the Ice Age to current day, and the film will be shown at a special preview for the public to enjoy at Valle Crucis on Sunday 28 July at 4.00pm.
During the Fringe visitors can also join local storyteller and musician Ruth Moore Williams in and around the ruins for medieval music, Welsh folk songs and stories about the abbey. The event, entitled ‘Magic, myths and music of Valley Crucis Abbey and the Dee Valley’ will take place on Saturday 27 July at 11.00am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Artist in residence
Additionally, until 15 August, Valle Crucis will continue to be transformed into an open air art gallery by Cadw’s artist in residence, Lucy Harvey. Lucy was appointed as an artist in residence at the spectacular monument in March 2013, and has since taken inspiration from the hidden histories of Valle Crucis to create highly detailed artworks which use found objects and materials as diverse as wax, metal, stone and silk.
Visitors are invited to Lucy’s studio at the Summer House to watch her at work every Thursday until 15 August, when her residency period comes to an end. Also, as part of the Fringe Festival, Lucy will conduct an informal tour discussing her work during an Artist in Residence Open Evening on Thursday 25 July at 6.00pm.
The Closing Exhibition and Open Studios event at Valle Crucis on Saturday 10 August between 10.00am and 5.00pm will offer an opportunity for visitors to see the final culmination of Lucy’s work.
About Valle Crucis Abbey and Eliseg’s Pillar
Valle Crucis Abbey is named after the monument, its name translating from Latin to ‘Valley of the Cross’. The abbey was built in 1201, and in 1535 it was ranked the second richest Cistercian monastery after Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire. Centuries later, today the abbey is one of the best preserved in Wales.
Eliseg’s Pillar was recently excavated by Bangor and Chester Universities and the local community, and it was discovered that the mound it sits upon is a burial mound dating back over 4,000 years to the Bronze Age. The pillar itself is part of a ninth-century inscribed stone erected by Cyngen, prince of Powys, in memory of his great-grandfather, Eliseg.