EBBWFERRIC was a Free one-day mini-festival by artist Stefhan Caddick, which combined installation art, death metal, film, metalwork performance and the archives of Ebbw Vale Steelworks.

Taking place at the historic General Offices, the only remaining steelworks building in Ebbw Vale, EBBWFERRIC was a celebration of metal in all its manifestations – molten, heavy, historic, hot strip, electrolytic.

EBBWFERRIC included:

  • The Ebbw Vale Works MuseumThe Ebbw Vale Works Museum – an opportunity to visit the museum and talk to the ex-steelworkers who run it
  • Ferrous Blooms, a hot metal performance by Andy Griffiths, Head of Sculpture, Carmarthen School of Art
  • Live music from:
  • Sixth form punk rockers Commercial Zone
  • West Walian all-female surf punk outfit Tits Up
  • And two piece heavy noise combo Godbomber
  • Specific Gravity – a two-screen film by Stefhan Caddick which combines 100 year old footage of the steelworks with data from NASA’s mapping of the lunar surface. With an original soundtrack by Harrison Banfield
  • A specially selected programme of archival films
  • Story Boxes by Gwent Archives

More information on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1531703807123614/

Download the full programme

Getting there: Trains from Cardiff stop directly outside the General Offices at Ebbw Vale Town station (not Ebbw Vale Parkway!). There is also ample parking nearby (see below).

Directions: The Gwent Archives website includes very good directions to the General Offices by car, bus and train: http://www.gwentarchives.gov.uk/about-us/visiting-us.aspx

The General Offices address: Steelworks Road, Ebbw Vale NP23 6AA

Parking: free parking is available in two car parks adjacent to the General Offices (one by the station, the other opposite the General Offices). If both of these are full, there is a free multi-storey car park 100m before the Leisure Centre (you’ll need to drive towards the town centre, and take the first left at the roundabout onto Lime Avenue).

EBBWFERRIC was funded by the Arts Council of Wales and supported by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Ebbw Vale Works Archival Trust and PEAK: Contemporary Art in the Black Mountains

Thanks to Creative Kitchen Music, G39 (http://g39.org/), EVI (http://www.ebbwvaleinstitute.org/) for their help.