A celebration of an artistic residency at Segontium Roman Fort, Caernarfon

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Manon Awst at Segontium Roman Fort

Manon Awst at Segontium Roman Fort

The people of Caernarfon are invited to see the culmination of a six-month artistic residency at Segontium Roman Fort on Friday 28 November, which will include a premier of COF, a film developed during the residency by artist Manon Awst.

Locally born and internationally renowned artist Manon Awst will be discussing her time at the site as her residency draws to a close, as well as screening COF — a film with attitude, which takes a modern twist on the ancient site.

Manon was appointed by Cadw and the Arts Council for Wales as an artist in residence for six months at Segontium Fort, Caernarfon in June 2014.

The aim of the residency is to combine the practice and appreciation of art with an understanding and interpretation of heritage, and Manon has worked with the local community to build links between the arts and heritage, and to bring this important Roman fort to life through art.

Pupils from Ysgol yr Hendre, youth group Cofis Bach and local residents have participated in workshops to create different artistic interventions, including performances, banners and stone carvings.

In addition to the workshops, evening events with artists and discussions with archaeologists and local historians have all contributed and inspired Manon’s final piece, a film which offers a fascinating new insight to the Roman remains.

The event will start at 6pm with an opportunity to view artworks created by local children and young people in an end of residency workshop with Cofis Bach.

The premiere of the film will follow at 6.30pm.

At 7pm brief presentations will be given about Segontium, the residency and how art can help to take a fresh look at archaeological sites.

Refreshments will be provided for guests, and the event will end at 8pm.

About Manon Awst

Manon was born in Caernarfon and following the completion of an Art Foundation course at Coleg Menai she studied Architecture at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.

She returned to the north-west Wales town in 2007 to establish her interdisciplinary arts practice, alongside German artist and theatre director Benjamin Walther.

Manon is the second artist to be appointed as part of a three-year programme developed and funded by Cadw and the Arts Council for Wales.

Lucy Harvey was the first artist appointed as part of the project in March 2013, who carried out a six-month residency at Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen, north-east Wales. An exhibition of Lucy’s work is now on display at the abbey.