Monday 18 July 2011
A series of six large-scale mural panels inspired by the history of Harlech Castle and created by over a 100 local schoolchildren were unveiled at the former Castle Hotel, Harlech, which is soon to undergo major refurbishment following its purchase by Cadw.
The event marked 365 days to the day until the Men of Harlech celebrations at Harlech Castle in July 2012 which forms part of Cadw’s own Power of the Flame Cultural Olympiad initiative, Cauldrons and Furnaces. Cauldrons and Furnaces is a partnership between Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service and Arts Council of Wales with funding from Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a lasting cultural legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.
Students from Ysgol Ardudwy (Harlech), Ysgol y Berwyn (Bala) Ysgol Eifionydd (Porthmadog) , Ysgol y Gader (Dolgellau), Ysgol y Moelwyn (Blaenau Ffestiniog) and Ysogl Uwchradd Tywyn (Tywyn), have been working with Ian MacKenzie-Thurley from Cytser – The Constellation Project to develop ideas for colourful 2m x 1m murals which have been placed in the former windows of the building while it undergoes renovation to become a new visitor centre for the World Heritage site.