Capturing the spirit of the path through arts and poetry

As part of 10th anniversary of the path, a new body of ten poetic and artistic works will celebrate the path and the Welsh coastline.

A journey along the path is unique and special to everyone who experiences it. From the stunning coastal sights and sounds to the salty seaside wind on your face, it’s no wonder the path is a fantastic source of artistic inspiration for many.

About the project: Celf Coast Cymru 10

We are working with painter and art curator Dan Llywelyn Hall to develop a series of launch events to unveil these new works – working with 10 poets and 10 artists from across Wales.

Each pair have been invited to pay tribute to their special part of the Welsh coastline by creating a piece of art and a piece of poetry. 

In addition, there is a series of guided celebration walks on the path planned for this autumn with an opportunity to see the art and the poetry itself.

Art launches

The work of the artists and poets invited for this special commission are being launched at art venues along the Welsh coastline this autumn.

We invite you to visit these art venues, perhaps when you’re walking the path, to see how the Welsh coastline has inspired the artists and poets’ work.  You’ll be able to see their work until early 2023.

Celebration Walks

In addition to the art launches, there is an exciting opportunity to sign up for a free celebration walk on the Wales Coast Path to 4 of these art venues during October.  

  1. Carmarthen library, Carmarthen, 8 October 
  2. Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor, 15 October 
  3. The Riverfront Theatre, Newport, 22 October
  4. Harlech Castle, Harlech, 29 October 

You will be expertly guided by S4C’s (Welsh language TV channel) former TV presenter Chris “Tywydd” Jones (“tywydd” is weather in Welsh), whose love of walking and nature is infectious - so expect something fun, informative and something a bit different. He’ll also be joined by social media walking and travel influencers too.  

Book online your place on a celebration walk (Any last-minute changes will be updated on this webpage, where possible)

What’s happening: when and where

(from North Wales to South Wales)

North Wales Coast (from border of Chester to Bangor)

15 October 2022 from 10.30am, Bangor.

Artist: Wendy Dawson 

Poet: Zoe Skoulding

Anglesey (from Menai Bridge to Menai Bridge)

  • No celebration walk planned
  • Art launch: Ucheldre Centre, Centre for the performing and visual arts, Holyhead, 24 September 2-4pm

Artist: Manon Awst

Poet: Llion Pryderi Roberts

Llŷn Peninsula (from Bangor to Porthmadog)

  • Celebration walk planned by Plas Glyn-y-Weddw. Details to be confirmed
  • Art launch in Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre in Llanbedrog, 21 October at 2pm.

Artist: Brian Jones

Poet: Guto Dafydd

Snowdonia coast (from Porthmadog to Machynlleth)

29 October from 10.30am, Harlech

Artist: Liz Neal

Poet: Haf Llewelyn

Ceredigion (from Machynlleth to Cardigan)

Artist: Bob Guy

Poet: Ceri Wyn Jones

Pembrokeshire (from Cardigan to Amroth)

Artist: Stephen West

Poet: Gillian Clarke

Carmarthenshire (from Amroth to Bynea)

8 October from 11.00am, Carmarthen library, Carmarthen.

Artist: Iwan Bala

Poet: Elinor Gwynn

Swansea and Gower (from Bynea to Margam Moors)

Poet: Natalie Holborow

South Wales coast (from Margam Moors to Chepstow) focusing on Neath Port Talbot.

22 October from 11am, Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, Newport

Artist: Neale Howells

Poet: Robert Minhinnick

South Wales coast (from Margam Moors to Chepstow) focussing on Cardiff and Newport. 

  • No celebration walk planned

Artist: Dan Llywelyn Hall

Poet: Hanan Issa (named the fifth national poet of Wales in this year’s Eisteddfod)

Finale event

To wrap up the year of celebrating our 10th anniversary, a finale exhibition is planned, bringing together all artists and poets to celebrate the path’s anniversary and a launch of a bilingual book featuring all the work produced around St David’s Day 2023 – the national day celebrating the patron saint of Wales.

What’s next

  • Winter 2022-2023 - Launch of anniversary book
  • 1st March 2023 – Finale exhibition of works

Keep up to date

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