Dr Huw Bevan Jones Art Award Winner is announced
The invited judges convened at Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery on Monday February 13th, to attempt the daunting task of judging over 60 entries to choose the winner of the first ever Dr Huw Bevan Jones Art Award. The theme for submission this year was Mental Health.
The judging panel - Arts Broadcaster Nicola Heywood Thomas, Ceramicist Peter Bodenham, Artist Stan Williams and Dr Rhys Bevan Jones, son of the late Dr Huw Bevan Jones himself - spent several hours debating, deliberating and deciding upon who should walk away with the prestigious Huw Bevan Jones plaque, an impressive £1,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery between February and April of 2018.
Dr Rhys Bevan Jones said “We were delighted with the response to this, the first Dr Huw Bevan Jones Award in memory of my late father and we were all touched by the personal & emotive stories behind the entries, showing such strong responses to the brief. I don’t think anyone could question the standard of entries”.
The unanimous winning entry is “Why Me?” by Lindy Martin, a ceramic artist based in Llansteffan, with her entry consisting of four handmade tea cups, one of which is broken - reflecting the statistic that one in four people in the UK will suffer from a mental health issue sometime during their lives.
“We were all immediately drawn to this piece of work” said Nicola Heywood Thomas, presenter of the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show. “Its simplicity was arresting and it completely responded to the brief in a very accessible but very beautiful way.”
There were also four entries chosen as Highly Commended by artists Ffion Angharad Fox from Llanelli, Elizabeth Brickell from Llangadog, Ainsley Hillard and Eileen Newell, both from Llandeilo.
All the submitted entries will now go on to form an exhibition at Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery which will run from Monday 27th February to Saturday 1st Apr 2017 and will be open to the public. A Grand Opening will take place at 11am on Friday, March 3rd 2017.
The Dr Huw Bevan Jones award is a brand new, national art competition for all professional artists (or artists in training) based in Wales which will go on to become a biannual event. We aim to provide a platform for all professional artists to meet and foster creativity and inspiration. For more information, please contact us.
Current Projects at Arts Care Gofal Celf
Our Creative Communities Project returns in January 2017 to Llanelli & Llangadog.
Funded by Carmarthenshire County Council and Hywel Dda Health Board, the project provides opportunities for adults who have experienced mental health problems to work with professional artists, for FREE.
Spaces are limited so if you or anyone you know might be interested please book ASAP.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01267 243815 to reserve your place.
Look out for programmes in Carmarthen and Llanelli as well as a pilot project in Llandovery too.
Contact Rachel at Arts Care for more details or visit our Eventbrite site to see the full range of available workshops.