STAMP Castell03: To The Sea

Friday 08 June 2018

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

The exhibition STAMP Castell returns to the town of Caernarfon this summer for the third time, led by Manon Awst. For the first time, visual artists will collaborate with poets, musicians, scientists and historians to reflect on the theme 'To The Sea', which coincides with Visit Wales' Year of The Sea 2018. After a busy period of research and creative conversations, unique artworks have been developed and will be on show in the Castle and in diverse locations across the town between 15–24 June 2018.

The idea behind the project is to break down the boundaries between different disciplines and encourage creative dialogue between experts, to offer diverse perspectives on the subject 'To The Sea'. The final artworks will be an exciting mixture of site-specific sculptures and installations, performances, digital works and soundpieces.

The Bristol-based artist Rich White has collaborated with the poet Rhys Iorwerth to create an original architectural structure in the Castle courtyard, in response to the platform of the Investiture. Artists Megan Broadmeadow and Nicky Deeley have collaborated with oceanographer Jess Mead Silvester from Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences to create a multi-media installation in the Castle's Eagle Tower, where scientific data is interwoven with abstract images conceived by the artists. And then artist Katie Surridge from London has been fishing for scrap metal to create her sculptures, assisted by the Harbour Master and his boat the Seiont IV. These are only examples of the exciting collaborations that are happening as part of the project. There will be 13 artworks altogether, with some placed in the Castle and others at Galeri, Balaclafa, the Yacht Club, and along the promenade.

There will also be connected events during the week, including an evening of poetry and music at the Royal Welsh Yacht Club on Sunday 17 June from 6pm, and an evening discussing the maritime history of the town at Balaclafa on Tuesday 19 June with Gareth Cowell (MOROL) and Bedwyr Rees. All these events are free and there is a warm welcome to everyone!

There will be free admission to the Castle on the evening of the launch, 15 June at 6pm, and it is possible to join an art tour to see the work on both Saturdays 16 and 23 June.

For more information and a full programme of events see:

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Najia Bagi, Megan Broadmeadow, Caro C, Jackie Chettur, Nicky Deeley, Lynn Dennison,
Alex Duncan, Thomas Goddard, Rebecca F. Hardy, Harrop and Horrell, Gweni Llwyd,
Joe Roberts, Rosalind Holgate Smith, Katie Surridge, Rich White, Mathew Williams


Beth Celyn, Cywion Cranogwen, Leona Marie Holland, Rhys Iorwerth, Angharad Price, Ynyr Pritchard, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, Iwan Rhys, Math Roberts, Jess Mead Silvester, Marged Tudur, Iestyn Tyne, MOROL, Prifysgol Bangor, Gisda, Coleg Menai


Friday 15 June 6–8pm
Exhibition Launch — Caernarfon Castle
Saturday 16 June 1pm and 4pm
Art Tours with curator Manon Awst  — Meet at castle entrance  

Sunday 17 June 6pm
An Evening of Poetry and Music — Yacht Club

Tuesday 19 June 6pm
Talk with Gareth Cowell and Bedwyr Rees — CARN Balaclafa

Saturday 23 June 1pm and 3pm                                                                
Art Tour with Manon Awst and performances by Caro C and Rosalind Holgate Smith

All events free of charge
Exhibition open daily between 10am–5pm