Laura Ford: Squatters at Castell Coch


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Art installation at Castell Coch
Installation view, The Little Lords, 2019, Castell Coch, © Laura Ford, photography Jon Pountney

Castell Coch is hosting an exhibition by renowned sculptor Laura Ford at the end of next month.

The work is presented by Cat Gardiner of TEN in partnership with Cadw.

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.

Cat Gardiner – TEN

Laura was born in Cardiff and took part in the 2016 “Cardiff Contemporary” art festival, where she added some of her own creations to the famous animal wall. Her work is represented in many public collections including the Tate, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Gallery of Wales.

A squatter is a person who occupies property or land to which he/she has no legal title. My work will occupy Castell Coch for 40 days, taking up space, responding to and playing with the history and architecture of the castle.

Laura Ford

You can read more about the exhibition at the TEN website.

The exhibition will be launched by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Minister for Culture and Sport, on Friday 29th March and is open to the public from 30th March to 6th May 2019. Entry is included with normal site admission.



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