A new walking tour of Anglesey will connect residents and tourists with the local landscape and the work of prolific artist Kyffin Williams.

Yr Awyr Agored (the open outdoors in English) is a partnership project between Living Streets Cymru and Oriel Môn and launches in spring 2021. Supported by Cadw – the Welsh Government’s historic environment service and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Yr Awyr Agored is a bilingual walking trail of some of Kyffin Williams’ most famous landscape painting locations.

The project aims to support mental and physical wellbeing, especially during the pandemic, and will connect local adults, young carers and parents  to the work of Kyffin Williams at scenic locations on Anglesey. The led walks will consider amenities, rest points, shelter and bus stops to support walkers of all abilities, will be fully accessible for wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs, and will practise safe social distancing.

Born in Llangefni in 1918, Kyffin Williams is widely regarded as one of the most defining Welsh artists of the twentieth century and his paintings depict the ruggedness of Welsh landscapes and coastlines, often in wet, bleak and turbulent weather. Through his sketching and painting ‘en plein air’, he sets a great example of the fact that walking is all about what you wear and can be enjoyed come rain or shine.

Woman walking with her dog

Getting out to walk in fresh air, whatever the weather, is important for our wellbeing and Kyffin Williams’ artwork encapsulates this perfectly in the beauty and wildness of his landscapes.

Rhiannon Hardiman, Manager at Living Streets Cymru
Boy walking

Living Streets Cymru is part of the UK charity for everyday walking and this will be its first project based in north Wales.

Rhiannon Hardiman, Manager at Living Streets Cymru, says:

Getting out to walk in fresh air, whatever the weather, is important for our wellbeing and Kyffin Williams’ artwork encapsulates this perfectly in the beauty and wildness of his landscapes”.

“At Living Streets Cymru, we’re excited to use our walking expertise alongside Oriel Môn’s wealth of art and heritage knowledge and encourage people from all walks of life to discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors.”

Living Streets Cymru and Oriel Môn will work with local experts to create a bespoke map which will include images from the museum’s collection and signposts to practical information including travel and walking advice.

The project is now recruiting volunteers to develop this content and is searching for local people to become walk leaders and/or research the gallery archives. Full training will be provided to develop and lead safe, accessible and enjoyable walks.  For more information about volunteering, please email ceriwilliams@ynysmon.gov.uk