Addo were appointed by Cadw to manage the appointment of an artist to this site. The project is part of a three-residency programme, funded by the Arts Council of Wales and resulted in the appointment of Manon Awst to undertake a six-month residency in June 2014. This residency is part of Cadw’s ongoing work in raising the profile of the Segontium Fort, which was the most western outpost of the Roman Empire.
The aim of the residency is to combine the practice and appreciation of art with an understanding and interpretation of heritage. Manon researched the site and worked with local people to explore the links between arts and heritage.
Evening events with artists and public discussions with archaeologists and local historians have contributed to the programme and towards the development of Manon’s film COF, which offers a fascinating new insight to the Roman remains.
Manon completed an Art Foundation course at Coleg Menai before studying Architecture at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. She is currently working towards a PhD at the Royal College of Art and has recently been awarded a Creative Wales Award 2015. [http://www.artswales.org.uk/what-we-do/funding/creative-wales/awards-2014-15]
She returned to North-West Wales town in 2007 to establish her interdisciplinary arts practice, alongside German artist and theatre director Benjamin Walther.
Manon Awst is the second artist to be appointed as part of a three-year programme developed and funded by Cadw and the Arts Council for Wales.