Slate or State, Penrhyn Castle

Slate or State in the Grand Hall, Penrhyn Castle

Date

2 July 2017

Location

Penrhyn Castle, Llandegai, Bangor
SH 60219 71962; 53.22624°N, 4.09534°W

Information

The installation, entitled Slate or State, is on display in the Grand Hall of Penrhyn Castle from 1 July until 5 November 2017.

“This sculpture was developed as part of a year-long residency by artists Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich. It is a symbolic object; its form is drawn from Victorian paintings and sketches of Penrhyn Quarry, the quarry once owned by Lord Penrhyn.

“The choice of material for the sculpture draws inspiration from the history of protest, and large-scale inflatables that since the 1920s have taken to the streets in collective actions that have called for a fairer society.

“Walker and Bromwich are known internationally for their large-scale participatory events and exhibitions that invite audiences to imagine better worlds. Their residency at Penrhyn Castle was the final act of a three-year collaboration between Arts Council Wales and the National Trust, and their brief was to “interrogate the castle’s controversial history, the stories surrounding it and its relationship with local communities”.

“The focus of the work is the Great Strike of 1900-03, a bid by the men of Penrhyn Quarry to improve their working conditions.

“Walker and Bromwich have worked with individuals, schools and community groups in the quarry town of Bethesda to develop this sculptural work. This sculpture was the focal point of a symbolic event that paid tribute to the local community, which staged the longest strike in British industrial history.

“On 1 July 2017 the Penrhyn Choir processed this sculpture from Bethesda into the Grand Hall. During this performance the original demands of the Great Strike, combined with demands of today, were sung by the choir: colliding in time two points in history where working conditions have been at the forefront of social change.”

– Sara Roberts, Curator

Further Reading

Penrhyn Castle;
Great Strike;
Penrhyn Quarry;
More posts in the Penrhyn Castle Series

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Electric Mountain

“The Pelton Wheel

“This Pelton wheel turbine was commissioned in Cwm Dyli Hyro-Electric Power Station built in Nant Gwynant in 1906.

“The unit was No. 1 of four generating a total of 6 MW to supply the slate quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog, Dinorwig, Bethesda and Dyffryn Nantlle.

“All units were replaced in 1988 and this runner erected here in 1997. The runner now points towards Elidir, First Hydro’s “Electric Mountain”, and to Dinorwig Power Station deep within.”

Date

12 March 2017

Location

Llanberis
SH 58092 60037; 53.11856°N, 4.12189°W

Information

Electric Mountain;
Neville Foulkes

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Veillance

Veillance

Veillance

Date

26 February 2017

Location

Pontio, Deiniol Road, Bangor
SH 57929 72174; 53.22753°N, 4.12972°W

Information

The Veillance datascape artwork was designed by Llanfairfechan-based artist and design consultant Ronan Devlin, Designer-in-residence at Bangor’s Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre.

“A new interactive artwork that visualises information generated by our networked devices. Our digital devices regularly share information with government agencies and third party companies for both surveillance and commercial purposes.

Veillance invites you to browse the internet using a device provided in the exhibition. Your searches will be intercepted, your data captured and reconfigured to create an immersive audio-visual experience.

“Your browsing will reveal words that are identified by UK and US global security services as ‘triggers’ for potential suspicious activity. These words appear to leave the screen echoing the journey your information makes from you to outside agencies. A list of websites with which your device is communicating is created in real-time, illustrating the constant communication between you, your data and outside agencies.

“To comply with data protection laws, the artwork intercepts only publicly accessible information from unencrypted websites.”

Further Reading

Pontio I;
Pontio II;
Pontio III

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British Ironwork Centre I

Alien

Alien

Date

26 November 2016

Location

Oswestry, Shropshire
SJ 33163 27822; 52.84373°N, 2.99377°W

Information

The British Ironwork Centre is a free tourist attraction in Oswestry featuring an extensive display of metal sculptures. The family-run business, owned by Clive Knowles, also produces a wide range of homeware and garden-feature metalwork items for sale. The Centre has provided props for various film and television productions and also supplied Buckingham Palace with garden pavilions for its 2013 Coronation Festival.

The Centre’s future was in doubt whilst the National Grid had plans – which have now been scrapped – for pylons in the Centre’s land as part of its Mid Wales Connection programme. During that time the Centre undertook alterations, including converting a warehouse into a showroom, without seeking planning permission. The Centre is in discussions with Shropshire Council regarding the planning issue and also to develop plans for improved access from the A5 road and for the creation of a Capability Brown-style formal garden.

Further Reading

British Ironwork Centre

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