Art

Three illustrations of patterns in Castell Coch

Patterns of Castell Coch – Part 1

Castell Coch is famous for its spectacular interiors. I’ve decided to illustrate the stencils, murals and patterns that decorate Cardiff’s iconic Gothic Revival landmark. This first instalment includes designs from the banqueting hall and Lord Bute’s bedroom. The detailed stencilling in the banqueting hall was completed by the interior decorators Campbell, Smith & Co. under …

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Linocut print of Castell Coch by Ian Phillips

Castell Coch Linocut by Ian Phillips

Ian Phillips has been working as a print maker in Wales since 2001. His passion for relief printing was fired by a chance encounter with the work of Utagawa Hiroshige. Hiroshige was considered a master of ukiyo-e, the genre of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings, which were popular from the late 17th to late 19th …

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Acoustic guitarist in kitchen at Castell Coch

Folli Fest 2017

70 acts performed over 5 stages in the amazing surroundings of Castell Coch on Friday night. Billed as a “Youth takeover of Cardiff’s fairytale castle”, Folli Fest was the first event of its kind to take place in the castle. I went along to experience this unique evening and was blown away by the talent on stage …

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Three sculptures of parrot headed characters by Laura Ford in Castell Coch

Discovering the Squatters at Castell Coch

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 …

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