Discovering the Squatters at Castell Coch


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Parrot sculptures on a table
Little Lords 1, 2 + 3, 2019, jesmonite, steel, fabric + mixed media, 130 x 58 x 45cm

A collection of fantastical creatures have taken over the castle in a new exhibit at Castell Coch. The sculptures, by acclaimed artist Laura Ford, are presented by TEN. and Cadw.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism opened the exhibit last week at a special preview event. Cat Gardiner, the curator of TEN. described working in the castle as “a marriage made in heaven”.

Sculpture of a tree girl
Small orange tree girl, 2017, jesmonite, steel + fabric, 141 x 56 x 45cm

I took the opportunity to get a look the sculptures before the preview and created this short video to give you a taste of what to expect. Usual admission prices apply to view the exhibit.

The preview attendees excitedly explored every nook and cranny of the castle to find all the squatters. While some were hard to miss, others could take you by surprise. Dark figures sit in corners or look down from their vantage points as you search the rooms.

Sculpture of a magpie girl
Magpie girl II, 2018, jesmonite, steel + fabric, 105 x 82 x 70cm

Squatters is a flawless blend of light and dark; the perfect dichotomy between delight and sinisterness.

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It’s playful, mysterious, fun + inquisitive.

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It’s a treasure hunt in a castle, but the treasure is the most incredible, unsettling and hilarious sculpture.

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You can view all the works in the online catalogue.



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