Gerald’s epic journey through Wales re-told

Wednesday 05 November 2014

An art exhibition which has been inspired by a journey across Wales in 1188AD is on display at Pontypridd Historical Centre.

  • Picture of Conwy Castle featured in the exhibition

    Conwy Castle as featured in the exhibition

  • Picture of Hartlech Castle as featured in the exhibition

    Harlech Castle as featured in the exhibition

  • Picture of Swansea Castle featured in the exhibition

    Swansea Castle as featured in the exhibition

On display at Pontypridd Historical Centre, this exhibition offers a unique opportunity for visitors to learn more about  Gerald of Wales. A series of photographic exhibits are on display for visitors including images based on sites such as Harlech Castle, Conwy Castle, Newport Castle, Swansea Castle, St David’s Cathedral and Llanbadarn Fawr.  

As part of Cadw’s Arts and Heritage Framework, the exhibition aims to inspire visitors by combining the arts and heritage in visually stunning pieces of work.  

Stephen Inkpen, the artist who followed in the footsteps of Gerald of Wales to create the exhibition, said “Inspired by the historical Journey Through Wales of Gerald Cambrensis in 1188AD, I set out on a bus with some socks, pants and a sketchbook in a bag, on my own journey through modern Wales.”
He added: “I was never alone on this journey. From the start, the ghosts of the old Princes of Wales seemed to walk at my side. The whispers from their world can still be heard haunting castles and mist shrouded hills. This exhibition combines the shadows of the past with the colours of our contemporary Celtic landscape.”

Adrienne Wood, Cadw's Lifelong Learning Manager for South Wales, said: “Cadw is pleased to have had the opportunity to support this unique exhibition, which brings to life the journey of a treasured figure in Wales’ history. Like Stephen, visitors can travel back in time themselves and be inspired by the history of Wales by visiting our magnificent sites”.

The exhibition, ‘Walking with Ghosts: My Journey Around Wales & Darkness and Light: Photographic exhibition’, is available to view at Pontypridd Historical Centre and is on display until 19th December. Entry is free.