Artist residency programme at CAT to commemorate 40 years of life at ‘The Quarry’

Artist residency programme at CAT to commemorate 40 years of life at ‘The Quarry’

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The Centre for Alternative Technology is now looking for two visual artists to work along side staff to create artwork of lasting value that commemorates its 40-year history. The three-month residencies, sponsored by the Arts Council of Wales, will ask the two artists to spend time exploring an archive of historic material, including documents, photographs and a large oral history collection. The final piece will represent the past and point towards the future, as CAT explores new directions moving into the next phase of its history.

CAT is based in a disused quarry in Mid-Wales, UK. It started as an experimental community with a handful of environmental pioneers in the winter of 1974 and has grown into a globally known educational institution. We want our Artists in Residence to work alongside staff to create work of lasting value that will inspire visitors, scholars and staff during and beyond the residency, based around the theme Voices from a Disused Quarry – a history of the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Residency Co-ordinator Allan Shepherd said “we have deliberately placed the residencies in a time period 40 years to the day when the first ‘settlers’ arrived at the disused quarry, to allow our Artists to sit within an appropriate historical ‘timescape’, which to our minds means landscape of the past. Signs of the old quarry are very much visible and we would like our artists to make full use of the atmosphere of the place to conceptualize and construct their work.”

Details of the vacancy can be found on the Centre’s vacancy page at

Early days at ‘The Quarry’


  • The residency is sponsored by the Arts Council of Wales as part of a long-term residency programme between the Arts Council of Wales and CAT which seeks to explore environmental themes through art. CAT has already completed one residency with its Zero Carbon Britain project.
  • CAT will be celebrating its 40th anniversary over an 18 month period starting with an archive launch event at CAT and the National Library of Wales on the 2nd and 3rd of February 2014 respectively and finishing with an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the opening of its Visitor Centre in the summer of 2015.
  • For more details of the residency programme, the archive or the oral history collection please contact
  • The oral history collection contains over 90 interviews and 140 hours of material. It was enabled with grants from Powys based rural development agency Glasu and from a legacy provided by CAT founder Gerard Morgan-Grenville.



Saif Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen mewn hen chwarel yng nghanolbarth Cymru. Cymuned arbrofol â llond llaw o arloeswyr amgylcheddol oedd y Ganolfan ar y dechrau, yn ystod gaeaf 1974, ac mae wedi tyfu’n sefydliad addysgol sy’n adnabyddus ledled y byd erbyn hyn. Rydym am i’n hartistiaid preswyl weithio ochr yn ochr â’r staff i greu gwaith o werth parhaol, a fydd yn ysbrydoli ymwelwyr, ysgolheigion a staff yn ystod ac ar ôl y prosiect preswyl, ac a fydd yn seiliedig ar y thema Lleisiau hen chwarel – hanes Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen.

“Rydym wedi mynd ati’n fwriadol i osod y prosiectau preswyl mewn cyfnod sydd 40 mlynedd yn union ers i’r ‘ymsefydlwyr’ cyntaf gyrraedd yr hen chwarel. Rydym wedi gwneud hynny er mwyn galluogi ein hartistiaid i fod mewn tirwedd hanesyddol briodol o ran amser, sef tirwedd y gorffennol. Mae olion yr hen chwarel yn dal yn amlwg iawn, a hoffem pe bai ein hartistiaid yn manteisio i’r eithaf ar naws y lle wrth gysyniadoli a chreu eu gwaith.” Allan Shepherd