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Post : Fri 22 April 2022
An exciting outdoor exhibition focusing on the ‘guardians’ of the Dee Valley landscape is on display.
As part of ‘Our Scenic Landscape’, a National Lottery Heritage funded project in the Dee Valley, Artists-in-Residence Jessica and Philip Hatcher-Moore interviewed and photographed local landscape custodians.
Jessica wrote vignettes of each person while Philip took portraits of them. These were combined on exhibit panels to be displayed in the landscape.
Five of these boards have been on display in Wenffrwd Nature Reserve throughout October 2021 and now the full ten board exhibition will be on display along the footpath between Berwyn Station and Chain Bridge, Llangollen this month- this.
The railway would also like to display the exhibition at its launch event in Corwen when the station officially opens later in the year. The exhibition will be shown at other locations in the Dee Valley in the coming months.
Working in partnership will allow more people, both locals and visitors to the area, to engage with the images and stories curated by the Hatcher-Moores during their residency.
Jessica Hatcher-Moore said: “I think wherever you live there will be an amazing cast of characters around you, but that seems especially true here in Dee Valley. As our stories show, the region’s spectacular landscape has inspired people for centuries, and it was such a joy to explore the impact it continues to have on people today.
“The most important thing that stands out for me from these stories is how the community spirit is still alive in the Dee Valley – and how the landscape, with its rich social and natural history, supports it.
“We are extremely grateful to the Scenic Landscapes Heritage Fund and the National Lottery for giving us the opportunity to explore these stories.”
Philip Hatcher-Moore says: “Exhibiting these photographs outdoors, in the landscape in which they were taken, adds another dimension to the work, with a play of light and shadow dancing across the images,” says photographer Philip Hatcher-Moore, who specializes in outdoor installations of his work.
Phil Coles, Chairman of the Llangollen Railway Trust, said: “Llangollen Railway is very pleased to be assisting the local AONB with this project and we hope it will help tourists to the area better understand the beautiful valley of the Dee.