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Monday, 29 July 2013

‘Worktown’ at the National Slate Museum

Falcon Hildred (centre), with staff from the Royal Commission and the National Slate Museum.

An exhibition of more than 30 prints by the north-Wales based artist Falcon Hildred has recently gone on display at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis. This is the second exhibition of the artist’s work since the Royal Commission acquired his unique collection of more than 600 drawings and watercolours in 2011, and the first ‘Worktown’ exhibition to take place in Wales.

Falcon Hildred is a highly accomplished artist who has dedicated his working life to recording the buildings and landscapes of nineteenth and twentieth-century industry, producing works of high aesthetic, historic and social value. He has recorded in detail technological and engineering change and a rapidly disappearing way of life. The drawings record Blaenau Ffestiniog (the artist’s home since 1969 and a place he has recorded extensively), and a number of industrial towns in Wales and England. The exhibition was curated especially for the National Slate Museum, which sits at the heart of the industrial slate landscape of Snowdonia. Speaking at the opening, Falcon commented that seeing his drawings at the slate museum was ‘like seeing them coming home.’

The Falcon Hildred Collection was acquired in 2011 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. The free exhibition will be on display at the National Slate Museum until the 6th January 2014. For further information about visiting the National Slate Museum, visit their website:

Visitors enjoying the short film about the artist, commissioned especially for the project.

Falcon Hildred signing copies of the Royal Commission’s book Worktown: The Drawings of Falcon Hildred, which accompanies the exhibition.

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