Oriel Kyffin Williams

imageThe Trust’s initial objective when it was established in 2007 was to build a dedicated gallery to Kyffin Williams in his native Angelsey. Through Sir Kyffin’s own genorosity, the auspicies of the Isle of Anglesey County Council, the stalwart work of its staff in the Education and Life-long Learning unit, and with the support of many public bodies and hundreds of individuals who contributed so generously, Oriel Kyffin Williams was built as an integral part of Oriel Ynys Mô in Llangefni. This splendid gallery was opened in 2008, and it has a wonderful rolling programme of works by Sir Kyffin and others.

The Trust has two other objectives; to foster the public understanding of art, especially among young people, and to give other artists the opportunity to express themselves and exhibit their works.

Every three years the Trust organizes The Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize for artists resident in Wales or who are connected to Wales. There are three prizes, a first prize of £3000, a second prize of £2000, and a prize of £1000 for Young Artists under 28 years of age. The winners in 2009 were Louisa Theunissen and Hedd ap Hywel. The closing date for the 2012 competition is the 16th of May. (For details of this year’s competition contact Nicola Gibson at Oriel Ynys Môn.)

The Trustees

  • Mrs Anwen Carey Evans
  • Yr Athro Colyn Gardner
  • Mr Alun Gruffydd
  • Dr Paul Joyner
  • Mr David W. Meredith
  • Yr Athro Derec Llwyd Morgan (Cadeirydd / Chairman)
  • Yr Arglwydd Wigley o Gaernarfon
  • Mrs Mary Yapp

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Oriel Kyffin Williams – Oriel Ynys Môn
12.09.15 – 31.01.16

Oriel Ynys Môn is proud to be launching the third ‘Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize’ Exhibition on Friday, the 11th of September, 2015. The Drawing Prize was established by the Sir Kyffin Williams Trust as a tribute to the support that he gave to artists and the value he placed on drawing skills throughout his career as Wales’s most prolific and best loved artist. Click here for press release

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‘A celebration of people’ wins Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize

Oriel Ynys Môn is proud to announce Emma Knowles as the winner of the 2015 ‘Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize’.

gwobrThe ’Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize’ was established by the Sir Kyffin Williams Trust in memory of Wales’s most prolific and best loved artist. It serves as a tribute to the support he gave to aspiring artists and the value he placed on drawing skills throughout his career.

The Drawing Competition is held every three years with an impressive prize of £3,000 - sponsored by The Gaynor Cemlyn Jones Trust - presented to the winner.

Three portraits entered into the competition by Emma, who is originally from Penysarn, greatly impressed the judges with their warmth and intimacy. In fact, the standard of all portraits was deemed so high that they simply could not separate them.

gwobrNow living in Manchester, Emma has been artist in residence at the Age Concern Crossacres Day Centre in Wythenshawe, since February 2015. It was the people she has met and come to know there that provided the inspiration for the winning works of art.

Emma said, “I’m very proud and honoured to have won this prize. Painting the human form has always been the dominant subject of my work. The tactility and the manipulation of the paint allows me to not only explore the particular features of a person, but to also establish a sense of empathy by revealing an honest, raw and uninhibited response to what I see, feel and try to understand.”

gwobrThe ’Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize’ judging panel was made up of artists, Wil Rowlands, Louise Payne and Ann Lewis; Dr Paul Joyner from the National Library of Wales; and chaired by Derec Llwyd Morgan on behalf of the Kyffin Williams Trust.

The judging panel said, “Our choice of winner was unanimous and totally justified. Emma entered three drawings and there was a thoroughness and diligence about the drawings to which we couldn’t separate. We liked the warmth and intimacy in her work, probably resulting from the artist’s close association with the sitters.”

“She is an artist of substance, who is truly passionate about her subjects and medium. Her work celebrates people as people and not about what they have achieved.”

Since the inaugural Drawing Prize competition was held in 2009, the number of artists applying has increased considerably, with entrants from all over Wales and abroad.

Emma’s winning art works and others entered into the competition will be on display at the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize Exhibition at Oriel Ynys Môn, from September 12th 2015 to January 31st 2016. The exhibition is free of charge and members of the public also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite drawing. Oriel Ynys Môn is open from 10.30am to 5.00pm daily.

The Sir Kyffin Williams Drawing prize aims to promote and reward excellence and talent in drawing practice in Wales.

The Sir Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize supports and recognizes the work of all artists in the field of drawing, including that of established artists and that of emerging artists engaged in the discipline of drawing.

The competition will be decided by a panel of judges which will include artists, curators and Trust members.

Panel of Judges:
Professor Derec Llwyd Morgan: Chairman - Sir Kyffin Williams Trust
Paul Joyner, National Library of Wales: Trustee - Sir Kyffin Williams Trust
Three other judges to be announced in 2015

The administrative centre for the prize is based at Oriel Ynys Môn, a working partnership between the Sir Kyffin Williams Charitable Trust and Oriel Ynys Môn.

The prize co-ordinator is: Nicola Gibson, Arts Officer, Oriel Ynys Môn.

Works for the exhibition will consist of work that in the opinion of the Selection Panel qualify as drawings. Drawing is defined, for the purpose of this competition, as: an original work of art, in two dimensions, usually on paper, made of graphic marks which include the use of line within the composition.

Work will be accepted for submission on this understanding, and the decision of the panel is final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into. Judges, their family members, Trustees of the Kyffin Williams Trust or staff of Oriel Ynys Môn are excluded from entry.

All work submitted must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

All work made since January 2014 is eligible for entry.

All artists to agree inclusion in the E-exhibition.




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