Heritage and Loss: slate industry drawings by Falcon Hildred on-show in Blaenau Ffestiniog

Date: 11/06/2018

An exhibition of watercolour drawings by renowned local artist Falcon Hildred will be on-show at Blaenau Ffestiniog Library from 11 June to 28 July.


The exhibition is part of the Slate festival which will be held in Blaenau Ffestiniog from 14 - 21 July. The festival's theme is "Diwylliant Ymysg Diwylliant" (Culture Amongst Industry) and is part of the bid to gain UNESCO World Heritage Status for the Gwynedd slate industry. The bid is led by Gwynedd Council on behalf of a number of partners including the National Slate Museum at Llanberis, Cadw and Snowdonia National Park.


Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for the arts, Councillor Craig ab Iago said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to see a number of stunning watercolours by a celebrated Gwynedd artist who takes such pride in the local slate quarry heritage.


“The exhibition will also compliment the ‘Slate Festival’ held in July which forms part of our efforts to highlight the exciting nomination for World Heritage status for the local Slate Landscape.”


Blaenau Ffestiniog-based artist Falcon Hildred added: “In addition to previously exhibited pictures, there are ten new panels of easy-to-read text supported by illustrations designed to drive home the message why this heritage is so important for Wales historically, culturally and economically. So this is not just another art exhibition – it’s a call to start taking urgent practical care of our slate heritage.”


The Heritage and Loss exhibition by Falcon Hildred will be on-show at Blaenau Ffestiniog Library from 11 June to 28 July. Blaenau Ffestiniog Library is open Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, for full details of opening times, visit: www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/library


PHOTOGRAPH: A picture showing the remains of Holland’s Mill in Blaenau Ffestiniog