South Wales artist, Haf Weighton, reveals her latest artwork, a reborn Ruperra Castle and gardens, involving members of the Senedd and the local community in visualising a future for the ruin.
Ruperra Castle has played a big part in the history of South East Wales but is currently a ruin at risk of collapse. We want to ensure a better future for Ruperra Castle, and the precious listed surrounding buildings and gardens, by campaigning to secure them to use for community benefit.
We are working with Haf to help others visualise a future for this important monument.
The community is invited to finish the artwork by creating a “stitched” person and help imagine a secure future for Ruperra to be enjoyed by generations. There are two opportunities to take part:
Hefin David MS said, “As MS for Caerphilly, Ruperra Castle is a very special place for me. Located in a beautiful newly designated greenbelt between Cardiff, Newport and Caerphilly town, it is a place to be cherished and I know that many of my constituents walk and cycle in the area. It is wonderful to see the local community engaging in a vision for the Castle’s future which I hope can be secured very soon.”
Artist Haf Weighton said, “I am so proud to be associated with Ruperra. I grew up in Lisvane and as a child I loved walking around the old ruins and imagining Ruperra in its former glory. I am delighted to be helping the local community to visualise how the castle could look once its new vision is finally realised.”
Find out more about Haf Weighton
Our vision is to protect Ruperra Castle and the environment and landscape around this historic site from inappropriate development. We want to own the Castle and use a range of funding streams to:
Read our vision
With thanks to Booker T Photography
Imagine a Ruperra Castle that was protected for community benefit and future generations to enjoy. Find out the vision of the Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust, view artist Haf Weighton’s reborn Castle and gardens, book onto a free workshop to help finish the artwork or, join a walk to view the Castle.
The event starts at 10:30 at Rudry Parish Hall, Rudry, CF83 3DF. Booking is essential.
10:30 Vision presentation
The Trust’s vision is to protect Ruperra Castle and the environment and landscape around the historic site from inappropriate development. Come and meet the Trustees and hear a presentation about the importance of the Castle and its future, where you will have an opportunity to ask questions over refreshments. Find out more about the vision of the Trust
11:30 and 12:15 Art workshop
Artist Haf Weighton will be displaying her embroidered artwork which visualises a reborn Castle and gardens. Haf is a Cardiff-based artist who works with paint, print and stitch, her portraits of architecture convey a sensitivity and connection to place. Haf will be running 45-minute workshops at the event to involve the local community in “stitching” people to be included in the final artwork. The workshop is suitable for adults, and children over the age of 9. Find out more about artist Haf Weighton
11:45 Walk to the Castle
The walk will set off from the Llwyn Hir woodland carpark and take in beautiful woodland and points of interest, taking around 1.5 hours. Walkers will need to be fit enough to walk 5km with an ascent of about 130m to the Motte. Strong footwear and waterproofs are recommended.
Due to timings, guests are unable to take part in both the art workshop and a walk to the Castle.
Please book the correct tickets depending on your interest – all tickets include the vision presentation at 10:30:
This year the Trust has commissioned Haf Weighton to visualise a reborn Castle and gardens in its landscape setting. Haf is a Cardiff-based artist who works with paint, print and stitch, her portraits of architecture convey a sensitivity and connection to place. Find out more about artist Haf Weighton
In preparation for the piece Haf has created sketches of Ruperra Castle buildings and gardens to inform the final embroidered piece in 2022. She has turned the sketches into a beautiful desk calendar which is available to purchase for £7.50. The calendar measures 21 x 15cm. If you would like to purchase a calendar please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a limited number available on a first come first served basis. We will deliver locally for free.
Any profits go to the Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust.