Zoe Childerley: Petrified in Storyland

Petrified in Storyland presents a series of images by photographic artist, Zoe Childerley - Wales, 2011/2012. The series originated as part of Childerley’s time as an Artist in Residency at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and explores the relationship between Welsh mythology and cultural identity, seeking to uncover the visual residues of this ‘national mythology’ within the landscape.

Petrified in Storyland examines the ways in which mythology has been co-opted as part of the national identity, and how folkloric stories and characters have, thus, been politically manipulated.

Throughout, Childerley collaborated with Welsh people whose work involves aspects of mythology, and it is they who choose the site-specific locations; locations, which they feel are of cultural significance, reflecting a personal connection to landscape by means of stories passed down through the generations. Such people include among them: artists Bedwyr Williams and Clive Hicks-Jenkins; academic, Mary Ann Constantine; storyteller and musician, Guto Dafis - who all become subjects within the images. In others, the figures pictured already featured in the chosen landscape.
The series captures a timeless quality of the land in juxtaposition with contemporary issues, such as military fly zones, nuclear power and the reservoirs that often serve English cities.

This exhibition is available from Winter 2012.
Hire fee £1000 including one-way transport.


  • Aberystwyth University
  • Arts Council of Wales
  • Welsh Government
  • National Lottery
  • Ceredigion County Coucil

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