Entries open for Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize

A prestigious arts competition dedicated to the late Sir Kyffin Williams has been launched.

Entries are now open for the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, held every three years to promote and reward excellence and talent in drawing practice across Wales.

The prize was first awarded in 2009 as a tribute to one of Wales’ greatest artists, the value he put on drawing skills throughout his career and the support he gave to aspiring young artists.

A first prize of £3,000 is on offer to the overall winner along with a student prize of £1,000.

The chairman of the Kyffin Williams Trust, David Meredith, said it was apt next year’s competition would coincide with the centenary of Sir Kyffin’s birth: ”Kyffin was a passionate advocate for the arts in Wales and always stressed the importance of the practice of drawing.  He was an active and enthusiastic supporter of other artists, both established in their careers and just starting out as young art students. The Drawing Prize is therefore a fitting tribute to his philanthropy and his contribution to the art world.”


Almost 200 artists entered the last competition in 2015 with nearly half of the entries going on show in the final exhibition at Oriel Môn in Llangefni. The winner was Emma Knowles, who was raised in Penysarn near Amlwch and works as an artist in residence at a care home in Wythenshawe, near Manchester.

For an application form for the 2018 Drawing Price, visit www.orielynysmon.info or call 01248 724 444 or 01248 752 014. The closing date for entries is Thursday 1st February 2018.

The final exhibition for the competition – held in partnership with the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff and the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth – will be held at Oriel Môn will be held from 14th July 2018 – 27th January 2019.