Painting with Light: Castell Coch’s new ‘Art in the Castle’ exhibition

Tuesday 09 August 2016

  • © Jon Pountney

    © Jon Pountney

  • © Jon Pountney

    © Jon Pountney

  • © Jon Pountney

    © Jon Pountney

  • © Jon Pountney

    © Jon Pountney

Jon Pountney, artist and photographer, launches a brand new exhibition created in response to Castell Coch.

The ‘Art in the Castle’ exhibition is the culmination of a three-month project which has seen Jon work across art and photography disciplines, ending in an interactive display of his work, which culminates over a weekend in August (13–14 of August).

His project responds to Castell Coch by using the theme of the ‘lens’ as a starting point, and Jon has been exploring a variety of artistic techniques, methods of display and audience experience, which will allow visitors and local residents to ‘view’ Castell Coch in a new way, by using projection, installation and interactive work.

Jon will install a huge zoetrope (an early form of motion picture projector) inside the courtyard together with a film installation in the Wine cellar, and a camera obscura inside a caravan pitched outside on the Green. Visitors will also get a chance to look at views through telescopes in the Banqueting Hall, glance at the amazing Drawing Room ceiling through binoculars, or get their pictures taken by a professional using Victorian techniques.

Jon Pountney said: “This project builds on previous collaborative work between myself and Cadw and our shared belief in both the benefits of and connection between art and heritage. I hope people will see Castell Coch in a new way after they visit my exhibition.”

Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure said: “Our history in Wales is littered with dramatic images and photography has been central to the way we have presented the past to the public. In this innovative exhibition people coming to Castell Coch will leave with a fresh way of looking at ancient monuments, one which appreciates how art and photography has developed through time.”

‘Art in the Castle’: An exploration through photography’ exhibition is open daily 10.00am–5.00pm, 13 and 14 of August, with a free launch event on the 12 of August, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. All are welcome.

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