Gentle Girl: Kathryn Ashill

During LLAWN02 Llandudno Museum will be still hosting a touring exhibition from The National Museum entitled Degrees of Silence, based on the story of Eliza Pugh. The exhibition tells the story of a young deaf girl who lived on Anglesey during the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign. Eliza was taught at home, long before education for deaf children was compulsory. Offering an insight into life in North West Wales at that time, she produced a beautiful pictorial dictionary of images as a tool for learning and communication. The book is of great importance and is normally kept at the National Library in Aberystwyth, but Llandudno Museum are displaying it as part of the exhibition.

We have invited the Performance artist Kathryn Ashill to take inspiration from Eliza’s story and pictorial dictionary and present her findings over the festival weekend. This will take the the form of a performance called Gentle Girl made in collaboration with North Wales Deaf Association members and performed at the Colonnade behind The Grand Hotel .

Photos: Joanne Sutton


  • Where: Exhibition at Llandudno Museum
  • When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • Times: Fri/Sat. 10.30 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 17.00 Sun. 14.15- 17.00
  • Where: Performances in Colonnades, Happy Valley Road
  • When: Saturday
  • Times: 14.00 & 15.00
  • Festival commission