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;
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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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Dragon, Caernarfon

Dragon, Caernarfon

Dragon, Caernarfon

Date

17 September 2016

Location

Y Maes (Castle Square), Caernarfon
SH 47899 62664; 53.13934°N, 4.27531°W

Information

The dragon, which was on show in Caernarfon’s Castle Square for one day, has been touring Wales over the summer as part of Cadw’s Historic Adventures campaign. The 4-metre-long fibreglass sculpture was fabricated by Cardiff-based model makers Wild Creations Ltd and took six weeks to create.

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Arria

Arria.  The sculpture overlooks the M80 motorway from which it can be seen between junctions 5 and 6.

Arria. The sculpture overlooks the M80 motorway from which it can be seen between junctions 5 and 6.

Date

24 August 2016

Location

Cumbernauld Community Park
NS 75353 75246; 55.95400°N, 3.99787°W

Information

 

“ARRIA

“The sculpture Arria stands 10 metres tall and faces towards the town of Cumbernauld. Commissioned by Campsies Centre Cumbernauld Ltd, she is a cultural landmark that enhances the town centre and its environs for visitors and residents.

“She was designed and created by renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott at his studio in Glasgow, and took 18 months to design and fabricate.

“Arria is made in 13 sections which are bolted together, and weighs 7 tonnes. She is a welded steel fabrication, and was galvanised by Highland Colour Coaters in Cumbernauld. Her production involved a host of specialists and professionals, including lighting designers, structural engineers, project managers, haulage and crane contractors as well as the artist and his team.

“The name Arria was selected through a competition and was suggested by Bethany and Louise Reid.

“The sculpture also includes the poem”Watershed” written for the sculpture by Scottish poet Jim Carruth.

“Arria was inaugurated by HRH The Princess Royal in January 2011.”

– Information plaque

Further Reading

Andy Scott;
Cumbernauld Community Park

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