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image for Exhibition item typeLaura Ford: Squatters at Castell Coch (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Exhibition, Sat 30 Mar - Mon 6 May 2019




Imaginary ‘Squatters’ take over Castell Coch, as international artist Laura Ford riffs on the castle’s fabled past. Cadw presents an exhibition of new works by Laura Ford in partnership with gallery/ten in Spring 2019.

Laura Ford unveils a series of new sculptures inside Wales’ iconic Castell Coch, as visitors are invited to discover over 15 works created by one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists.

A meticulously handcrafted rabble of otherworldly interlopers are concealed and revealed within the castle’s architecture as figures appear cloaked, crouched or soaring from the rafters. Ford’s reinterpretation of the folk lore and folk art, which is so intrinsic to the public perception of the castle, takes on a fantastical and sometimes sinister edge. Rendered in bronze, jesmonite and ceramic, and clothed in brilliant swathes of wool and felt, her child-sized figures are inherently tactile. Their postures are pointedly and recognisably human.

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.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 30 Mar - Mon 6 May 2019 09:30 to 17:00


Normal admission prices apply.

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Sun 24 Mar Secret Sentiments
Sat 30 Mar - Mon 6 May Laura Ford: Squatters


Castle Hill,
CF15 7JS



Plan route to Castell Coch (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: ST 130826  Lat: 51.53557 Long: -3.25571

M4 Junction 32 & A470 north towards Merthyr Tydfil; follow signs for the Castle.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1.5 miles from Taff's Well station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups