Slate or State exhibition launch at Penrhyn Castle

residents of Bethesdacarrying the huge slate sculpture.
Published : 26 Jun 2017

On Saturday 1 July Penrhyn Castle’s Artists in Residence Walker & Bromwich will unveil their reaction to Penrhyn’s history with a spectacular live event - bringing the quarry story into the heart of the castle.

The sculpture will be brought by procession to the Castle in a celebratory event, paying tribute to the Great Strike Penrhyn 1900-03 and its significance on the international stage.

The launch event will also include performances from the Penrhyn Male Voice Choir and a performance of a commissioned poem by local poet Rhys Trimble

The procession and performance, which include protest banners made in local workshops, start at Bethesda before the choir and sculpture make their way up to the castle. This ceremonial procession mirrors that of the quarry workers who marched to the castle to present their demands during the strike.

Order of the day:

  • 12:45 - Launch Ceremony - Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen
  • 13:30 - Depart for Penrhyn Castle
  • 14:00 - Procession, concert and reception - Penrhyn Castle

Buses will run from Bethesda to the Castle for the local community and the artists welcome  anyone who would like to help as part of the procession team.

For more information or to book your place on the free bus please contact

Entry to view the procession and performance on Saturday 1 July will be free. Entry to the Castle to view the sculpture in place will be limited due to the capacity of the Castle.