Laura Ford: Squatters at Castell Coch

  • Installation view, 'The pipe smoker', 2019, Castell Coch, © Laura Ford, photography Jon Pountney

  • Installation view, 'Small blue ghost', 2019, Castell Coch, © Laura Ford, photography Jon Pountney

  • Installation view, 'The little lords', 2019, Castell Coch, © Laura Ford, photography Jon Pountney

Imaginary ‘Squatters’ take over Castell Coch, as international artist Laura Ford riffs on the castle’s fabled past

Cadw and Gallery TEN presents an exhibition of new works by Laura Ford in Spring 2019.

Laura Ford unveils a series of new sculptures inside Wales’ iconic Castell Coch, as visitors are invited to discover over 15 works created by one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists. 

A meticulously handcrafted rabble of otherworldly interlopers are concealed and revealed within the castle’s architecture as figures appear cloaked, crouched or soaring from the rafters. Ford’s reinterpretation of the folk lore and folk art, which is so intrinsic to the public perception of the castle, takes on a fantastical and sometimes sinister edge. Rendered in bronze, jesmonite and ceramic, and clothed in brilliant swathes of wool and felt, her child-sized figures are inherently tactile. Their postures are pointedly and recognisably human. 

Ford imagines a direct conversation between the past and present; one where parrot-children flock to disrupt festivities in the banqueting hall; monkeys run amok in Lady Bute’s chamber and knights are seemingly felled in the courtyard. Each tableau is a testament to Ford’s accomplishments as both a sculptor and storyteller.

The exhibition is open to the public from March 30th to May 6th 2019.
Entry to the exhibition is included within normal site admission.

Dates, times and prices

30 Mar - 06 May 2019

9.30am - 5.00pm

Adult - £7.30
Family - £21.20
Member - Am Ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am Ddim/Free

Location information

Castell Coch

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Baby changing Cycle stands Car park Exhibition Gift shop No smoking Portable induction loop Refreshments Toilets
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