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image for Exhibition item typeMerched Chwarel Exhibition at National Slate Museum

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Exhibition, Wed 17 Jul 2019 - Tue 7 Jan 2020, free entry

Merched Chwarel Exhibition

Merched Chwarel Exhibition


Merched Chwarel is a group of four artists: Marged Pendrell, Jwls Williams, Lisa Hudson and Lindsey Colbourne, whose work is connected to the quarries of North Wales where they each live and work.

"We started working together in 2016 and have been joined for this project by the curator Jill Piercy. We developed our ideas with support from the Arts Council of Wales. The initial ‘Research & Development’ phase of our collaboration was used to search for traces of women’s footsteps and explore physical presence in a previously male-dominated environment. Our process was based on walking together in the quarries alongside community engagement that developed a layered inquiry; exploring industrial heritage, identity, mapping, connection to place, language, mark-making and the response of contemporary Merched to the quarry legacy. Our ideas evolved during the Production grant phase in response to the question:

‘Who are we, the Merched Chwarel of past, present and future? How are our aesthetics, identity and connection to place, culture and language mediated by the quarries?’

As well as focusing on our individual and collaborative artistic process, our work has taken us out into the community, building ongoing engagement through our Canu Chwarel- Singing Slate workshops and presence at community events. We have also featured on TV and radio."

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostFacilities for conferencing

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 17 Jul 2019 - Tue 7 Jan 2020 10:00 to 16:00


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 17 Jul - Tue 31 Dec Dinorwig '69 - The End of the Line
Wed 17 Jul - Tue 7 Jan Merched Chwarel Exhibition
Sun 1 Dec - Sun 5 Jan Elf Trail


Padarn Country Park,
LL55 4TY



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Map reference: SH 585602  Lat: 53.12015 Long: -4.11585

The Museum is located in Padarn Country Park off the A4086 in Llanberis. From the A55 take J11 onto the A5 and then onto the A4244 and Llanberis. From the Midlands take the A5 from the M54 and from South Wales take the A470. When in Llanberis follow the signs for Padarn Country Park.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Bangor station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing