The Artist, Mary Lloyd Jones, has been chosen to lead Aberystwyth’s 2016 Parêd Gwyl Dewi (St David’s Day Parade).The honour of ‘Tywysydd’ (guide) is give every year at the Parêd to a local Aberystwyth person or persons for their commitment and dedication to Wales and the Welsh language and life.
Mary was born and raised Devil’s Bridge, she trained at Cardiff School of Art and has exhibited her work consistently since 1966 and has been a full time artists since 1989. Her work is in several public collections including the House of Lords, The Smithsonian Collection in Washington DC, BBC Cymru Wales, National Museum of Wales, Crawford Museum and Gallery, the Cord in Ireland, the World Trade Centre and the V&A Collection in London.
“The strength and diversity of Welsh language culture in Aberystwyth is down to people like Mary Lloyd Jones said Siôn Jobbins, Chair of Parêd Gwyl Dewi, “Mary’s art reflects a wide range of subjects but she hasn’t been afraid to deal with the issues of Welshness. She has consistently created art which reflects, defends, challenges and promotes the culture and language which moulded her. In art, the local is very often also the international.” said Siôn.
Mary is also proud to have been selected as Tywysydd.
“It was in Aberystwyth that the University of Wales was foundedin 1872 and the first famous protest for Welsh langauge rights was held by the Welsh Language Society on Pont Trefechan in 1963. Wales and the Welsh language is stronger because of Aberystwyth and the town continues to be an important place in Welsh life and Welsh language culture. One of the most exciting projects at the moment it the dream to turn the Old College into a centre of creative life and create local, Welsh and international connections here in Aber. The Parêd is part of this vibrant, unique cultural life,” said Mary.
The 2016 Parade will be held on Saturday 5 March, and, as in previous years, will start at the town Clock and then proceed along Great Darkgate St and Baker Street before finishing at Llys y Brenin. The parts of Bath St and Marine Terrace which border Llys-y-Brenin will be closed to traffic for the duration of the ceremony for safety reasons.
The Parade will be a musical and colourful event and individuals and local groups are invited to join the parade and show their support for the Welsh language, St David and Welsh culture.
The organising committee is extremely grateful to our main sponsors – Aberystwyth Town Council, the Big Lottery Wales, Cambrian News, Cered, Aberystwyth War Memorial Fund, Cylch Cinio Aberystwyth. They are also grateful to the support of individuals and other clubs and societies in Aberystwyth who have made it possible to hold this vibrant and uplifting event again this year.
Mary will follow in the footsteps of author and first headmaster of Penweddig, Gerald Morgan (2015); Megan and Gwilym Tudur, founders and proprietors of Siop y Pethe (2014) and the late academic and musician Dr Meredydd Evans of Cwm Ystwyth in 2013. As the ‘Tywysydd’ (guide) Mary will wear a specially commissioned Parêd sash by Caroline Goodband of Borth, which includes the names of previous Tywyswyr. He will also be awarded a specially commissioned walking stick by Capel Dewi resident, Hywel Evans.