Merched Chwarel: Art Open Day

Meet the artists behind 'Merched Chwarel', take a sneak peek at their latest work and hear about their amazing new art exhibition inspired by women in the quarry industry of North Wales.

A slate dress, hone in slate and woven to form a chain mail like bodice.

This winter our Stablau workshop has been taken over by an amazing group of artists who form Merched Chwarel

Marged Pendrell, Jŵls Williams, Lisa Hudson and Lindsey Colbourne along with their Curator, Jill Piercy – form a group of local artists whose work is inspired by the role of women in the industrial slate mining communities of North Wales.

Using both traditional and experimental slate working techniques they have explored the unexpected qualities of slate itself by using domestic, textile and sociological processes to investigate women’s response to the landscape and legacy of quarrying.

Their work will link to the community engagement programme of both Storiel in Bangor and the World Heritage Site Bid. 

The pieces comprise of both individual and collaborative artworks, with free standing sculptures, paintings, film, drawings, artists’ books, a selection of sketchbooks and archival materials – a huge body of work from just four artists.

If you’d like to find out more their work and have a sneek peek beforee it oficially goes on display you can join them at Penrhyn Castle on the 24, 25 and 28 February 2019 between 11am and 3pm.

You can also follow the project on their blog page, available here;

https://merchedchwarel.wordpress.com/home/