Lead Artist Commission
Bedwyr Williams – Lead Artist
Bedwyr Williams was chosen in spring 2017 as lead artist for the ‘Stamp’ Caernarfon project, to contribute to the work of the design teams who’ve been commissioned to develop the Slate Quay and Welsh Highland Railway (WHR) in Caernarfon.
Gwynedd Council has recognised the Caernarfon waterfront as a crucial area to redevelop, and is working with several key partners to achieve this. These significant developments involve a £15m investment, secured for 3 capital spend Tourism Attractor Destination* (TAD) projects. The projects include Galeri’s extension with 2 new cinema screens, Caernarfon Harbour Trust’s Slate Quay (Cei Llechi) which will include 19 artisan business units, and the Welsh Highland Railway’s building a new terminus.
Since being commissioned, Bedwyr has met with the design teams, enabling him to share his design ideas, whilst also consulting with local artist group CARN. Recently, Bedwyr outlined his ideas to the WHR’s project lead, where he proposed having a projected screen on the Railway terminal’s internal wall, showing films made by local artists. Some of the films will be made by artists working with the local community, and others will be made by local groups with the help of expert film makers. The anticipated outcome is that the train terminus with it’s screen and unique films will become a creative focus for artists and the local community alike.
Cei Llechi will see units developed for local crafts persons and artisans to produce and sell their products. Bedwyr has worked closely with the architect to identify spaces within the development to install illuminated exhibition display cases of a high quality in varying sizes. The cases will give the unit owners a quality platform to display their products and will also provide local artists the opportunity to display their work in a unique and high calibre environment.
*The TAD project is being led by Visit Wales, and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Welsh Government and partners’ own contributions. Cei Llechi is also receiving additional match funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw and Cyngor Gwynedd. Bedwyr Williams’ commission is funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Cyngor Gwynedd through the ‘Ideas People Places’ initiative.
For more information on the history of Bedwyr Williams’ Lead Artist commission, go to http://www.stamp.cymru/en/award-winning-local-artist-commissioned-work-slate-quay-regeneration/
Bedwyr Williams (b. 1974, St Asaph, Wales, based in Caernarfon) gained his BA at Central St Martins College of Art and Design (1997) and his MA at Ateliers Arnhem, NL (1999). Recent and forthcoming solo shows include Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaud