Artwork created by Pete Fowler as part of the Weird & Wonderful Wales project is set to tour Wales this summer. In autumn 2017, leading Welsh artist Pete Fowler and 30 guest writers including Patrick Jones, Emily Blewitt, and Aneirin Karadog headed off on a journey to explore some of Wales’s weirdest stories, with a little help from Mabinogion expert Professor Sioned Davies along the way.
The project was delivered in partnership between Literature Wales and Cadw, the historic environment service for the Welsh Government. Stopping at six Cadw sites in Conwy, Gwynedd, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Torfaen, Pete Fowler and some of Wales’s leading writers were joined by community members from each location to create new stories, poems and works of art based on wonderful tales from nearby.
Taking inspiration from the work created in each location, Pete Fowler produced six new eye-catching paintings drawing on all things creepy, haunting, tragic and mystical.
An exhibition of Pete Fowler’s Weird & Wonderful Wales artwork will visit the following locations this summer:
- Galeri Caernarfon: 1-14 July
- Caerphilly Castle: 1-2 August
- Plas Mawr, Conwy: 5-30 August
- Oxwich Castle: 1-28 September
Following the tour, the creative pieces will be permanently installed in the locations which inspired them.
The Weird & Wonderful Wales project culminated in the installation of a giant mural on the Water Tower at Cardiff Central Railway Station, which is still on display. Prints of the mural can be purchased from Literature Wales www.literaturewales.org/literature-wales-shop/
This project sees Literature Wales working in partnership with Cadw, Allotment Creative Development Services, the City of Cardiff Council and Network Rail, and is supported by both the Welsh Government through the Visit Wales Tourism Product Innovation Fund in support of Year of Legends 2017, and by the Foyle Foundation and FOR Cardiff. For more information, visit www.landoflegends.wales/theme/weird-wonderful-wales