STAMP Castell returns to Caernarfon

Friday 05 May 2017

16 artists exhibit around World Heritage Site Caernarfon Castle as STAMP Castell02 returns to the town from Friday 12 May – Sunday 14 May 2017

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

STAMP Castell returns to Caernarfon for the second time, showing the work of 16 artists against the stunning backdrop of the walls, towers, rooms and passages of World Heritage Site, Caernarfon Castle. Building on the success of last year’s event, Castell02 will feature more artists and a wider range of artforms with work including visual art installations, music, live performance and digital projection.

The artists exhibiting and performing in Castell02 are: Merel Bekking, Natasha Brooks, Laura Cameron, Llŷr Erddyn Davies, Dripping Tap theatre company, Chris Tally Evans, Will Hurt, Catron Menai, Gill Murray, Siân Miriam Parry, Jonathan Polkest, Emrys Williams, Gwyn Williams, Jwls Williams & Matt Moate, and Sarah Williams.

All of the artists’ work has been inspired by the town of Caernarfon, its architecture, histories, people and events resulting in a range of themes across Castell02 from the serious to the fun and playful.

STAMP Castell02 launches on Friday 12 May at 5.30pm until 8pm that evening, and is free to the general public that day. On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May, entry to the event is the usual Castle entrance price. Caernarfon residents’ passes (those that were used to view the recent Poppy exhibition) are valid over the entire weekend and Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, has also provided a limited number of free tickets that can be collected on the day from Gefail yr Ynys at the Slate Quay on a first come first served basis.

International artist Bedwyr Williams and panel member for Castell02 said,”It’s really great to be involved with the selection of artists for this event in such an amazing location, and featuring such a range of artists from the well-known to recent graduates”

“I’m delighted that we have enabled the event to take place again this year and strengthen our partnership with Cadw. It is an excellent opportunity for the artists to show case their work in and around the Castle, and allowing the audience to experience the World Heritage Site in a different way,” says Rhian Haf, STAMP’s Art Associate. “

Nathalie Camus from the Arts Council of Wales said: "Arts Council of Wales is proud to be a partner in the delivery of Stamp through our Ideas People Places initiative.  This project develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. It will be an exciting weekend showcasing works by the 15 artists that celebrates Caernarfon, its people, buildings and history."

More details can be found about this year’s event, the artists who took part in the first Castell and also the wider STAMP project on the STAMP website www.stamp.cymru/en/project/castell-en/

Castell02 also works with the Caernarfon Food Festival, that takes place on the same weekend, providing an exciting and fun weekend for both residents and visitors to the town.