Opening at Kidwelly Industrial Museum on Tuesday, 21 October, and running until Wednesday, 25 November, 2015, Worktown: The Drawings of Falcon Hildred is a panel-based exhibition of the work of Falcon Hildred, the highly accomplished landscape artist from Blaenau Ffestiniog. Since the late 1950s, Falcon Hildred’s mission has been to make a visual record of the buildings of a disappearing industrial culture, which he calls collectively ”worktown”. His meticulous and often highly evocative drawings capture vital information about townscapes, mills, factories, quarries, workers’ houses, libraries, chapels and many other sites and buildings capturing the industrial age in all its grimy vitality. Much of this exhibition relates to the north-Wales slate industry and, in particular, Blaenau Ffestiniog, the artist’s home since 1969 and a place he has recorded extensively. Exhibition images include Two views of Pant-yr-ynn mill, 2007, a mill worked by the Diffwys Casson quarry in 1846, later becoming Falcon’s home and gallery in 1969. Other highlights depicting familiar scenes from Blaenau Ffestiniog include a number of drawings of the Maenofferen, Rhiw-bach and Oakley slate quarries as well as Tŷ Uncorn, one of the oldest surviving domestic buildings associated with the slate industry in the area. This was built about 1810 by Lord Newborough to house workers; it comprises four dwellings clustered around a shared central chimney stack. The exhibition itself forms part of The Falcon Hildred Access and Learning Project, a partnership project between The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, who, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, acquired over 600 original drawings by Falcon Hildred in 2012. These have all been digitised and are available to access freely on the Royal Commission’s online database www.coflein.gov.uk.
Kidwelly Industrial Museum is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 5.00pm and other times by arrangement via email info@Kidwellyindustrialmuseum.co.uk.
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Drum house at Rhiw-bach Quarry, 1981
© Crown copyright: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales; Falcon Hildred Collection