National Eisteddfod calls for 2012 art entries

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Artists and makers in Wales are now able to submit their entries for the Open Exhibition at the 2012 National Eisteddfod.

This year's National Eisteddfod will be held in the Vale of Glamorgan between 4-11 August. Artists are now being encouraged to submit their entries for the exhibition, which is held each year in Y Lle Celf - the visual arts pavilion - and draws up to 40,000 visitors.

The exhibition is open to any person born in Wales, or of Welsh parents, or any person who has lived or worked in Wales for the three years prior to 4 August 2012, or any person who is able to speak or write in the Welsh language.

The Eisteddfod has invited art critic and director of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin Declan McGonagle, Cardiff artist Sean Edwards and applied artist and curator Laura Thomas of The Makers Guild in Wales to select this year's exhibition. The panel will also award the gold medal for fine art, the gold medal for craft and design plus the Young Artist Scholarship for excellence and commitment.

The closing date for entries is 1 March 2012.

For more information visit eisteddfod.org.uk. Browse the BBC Eisteddfod site for clips and highlights from last year's event in Wrexham, plus browse a gallery of images taken at last year's Y Lle Celf.

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