A fascinating open air art exhibition in Snowdonia National Park is coming to The Slate Caverns from 21st April 2016!
Following on from the success of last year’s installation, Four on Anglesey, owner of Menai Holiday Cottages, Judith ‘Bun’ Matthews immediately set about bringing another incredible project to the region.
We are delighted to announce that Anthony Garratt will be returning to North Wales in April 2016 for his second collaboration.
High and Low / Uchel ac Isel
Coinciding with Wales’ ‘Year of Adventure’, High and Low will feature two paintings, both in exceptional locations within the Snowdonia National Park.
One painting will be suspended 500 feet underground in the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, the second will be a double-sided canvas floating on a pontoon on Llyn Llydaw – a natural lake found en-route to Snowdon’s summit. Both locations are truly stunning and easily accessible.
High and Low will create a unique visual experience for the viewer and will encourage them to ask questions about the settings in which the paintings stand and will generate a greater understanding of the historic significance of the sites in which they are situated. It is expected to draw visitors from all over to this exeptional part of Wales.
The name, High and Low is not only a reference to the geographical location of the paintings but also the emotional ups and downs which come and go within a landscape. The rise and fall of the mining industries in particular are prevalent in this area and the recent impacts they have had on both the societies and landscapes.
Full details of the project are available here.
It is hoped that these two paintings will act as prompts for creative thinking, an opportunity to pause and simply take a further interest in the history and geography of the area. These paintings will be multi-faceted, they will simply offer a stunning visual; imagine the summit of Snowdon illuminated by the sun, the shadows cast through the valley onto the retired copper crushing mill and then the painting reflected in the lake trying to capture what thousands of artists historically have been inspired by. They will also offer the opportunity to explore the areas mythology and history; from the treks of Sir Edmund Hillary, to the stories of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake, to the copper mining industry, to the hydro power.
Four on Anglesey
In 2015, Bun commissioned the groundbreaking Four On Anglesey project by Anthony Garratt, attracting new visitors to this North Wales’ island, which has long held a reputation of being a hive of creativity.
Locals and tourists alike greatly enjoyed the experience of seeking out the four paintings positioned around the Island. The project also caught the imagination of the media, with features in The Sunday Times, The Independent, BBC, ITV, Country Life Magazine and Coast Magazine, amongst others.
A few words from Judith ‘Bun’ Matthews:
Each painting will have been completed and be in situ by 21st April 2016. They will be available to view until 1st November 2016.
The art train will be available twice a day, 7 days a week. At 9.30am and then 4.15pm
£5 per person – children under 3 go free
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