Eight ‘photospheres’ reflect Welsh heritage in stunning new exhibition

Monday 22 June 2015

Stunning spherical images, that have captured historic Welsh sites in a way as unique as the ancient structures themselves, are on show for the first time in a new exhibition hosted at the Wales Millennium Centre.

  • Picture of the Relics 360 exhibition at Wales' Millennium Centre with 360º photographer Matt Wright and the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates

    Relics 360 exhibition at Wales' Millennium Centre with 360º photographer Matt Wright and the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates

  • Picture of the Relics 360 exhibition at Wales' Millennium Centre with the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates

    Relics 360 exhibition at Wales' Millennium Centre with the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates

  • Picture of the Relics 360 exhibition at Wales' Millennium Centre with 360º photographer Matt Wright and the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates

    Relics 360 exhibition at Wales' Millennium Centre with 360º photographer Matt Wright and the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates

  • Picture of the Relics 360 exhibition at Wales' Millennium Centre

    Relics 360 exhibition at Wales' Millennium Centre

  • Picture of the Relics 360 exhibition at Wales' Millennium Centre

    Relics 360 exhibition at Wales' Millennium Centre

  • Picture of the Relics 360 exhibition at Wales' Millennium Centre

    Relics 360 exhibition at Wales' Millennium Centre

The images were taken by 360º photographer, Matt Wright, through a project called ‘Relics’ supported by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.

Relics has seen the Cardiff-based photographer travel Wales using high definition imagery to create one-of a kind sculptures he calls ‘photospheres’.

The sculptures have been inspired by sites that span the ages, from the industrial landscape of Blaenavon to the medieval castle ruin, Castell y Bere in Snowdonia, and the Neolithic burial chamber Pentre Ifan.

An exhibition of the spheres, and the story of how they were created, was officially launched today (Friday, June 25) at the Wales Millennium Centre. The project is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Cadw and the Wales Millennium Centre.

Launching the exhibition, Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism said: “The Relics project offers visitors the opportunity to see the varied landscapes of Wales from a new and different perspective.

“We hope this unique exhibition encourages people from inside and outside Wales to go to these heritage monuments to see and experience the fascinating sites that continue to inspire artists and photographers for themselves.”

Photographer Matt added: “Wales’s incredibly diverse range of landscapes and rich heritage has always provided me with a great amount of creative inspiration. Having developed the photospherical medium here, I was extremely pleased to get the opportunity to work at such impressive Welsh heritage sites.

“Through this project, supported by Cadw, the Arts Council of Wales, the Wales Millennium Centre and National Museums Wales, my work will reach out to new audiences across the country.”

The Relics exhibition runs until Sunday, August 23. Admission is free. For more information on this project, visit the Artist in Residence section of our website opr the Relics 360 website.