Wales International Young Artist Award

Launched in 2013, the Wales International Young Artist Award (WIYAA) identifies and nurtures young Welsh artists. 

Young artists aged 17 to 25 can submit work from a range of creative backgrounds. This includes painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, printmaking, drawing and film.

 

WIYAA 2014

As 2014 was the centenary of his birth, all entries to the Wales International Young Artist Award had to reflect, interpret or be inspired by the work of Dylan Thomas. 

Amy Edwards a multi-disciplinary artist from Swansea won the 2014 award.

Her winning work What a Wonderful World, which reflected Dylan's poem And Death Shall Have No Dominion, was described by one of the judges as an image which ‘both seduces and unnerves’. As well as the £500 prize, Amy also received an award designed by Welsh graphic designer Adam Chard.

She also won a trip to the Venice Biennale 2015 and produced a Beginners Guide to the Biennale for us.

The judges for the award were leading art experts:

  • Karen MacKinnon, director of Artes Mundi
  • Welsh artist Marc Rees
  • Hannah Firth, the director of visual art at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.

 

WIYAA 2013

The theme in 2013 was ‘Wales and the World’.

Andrew Morris, a Swansea based graduate, won the award for his photography exhibition entitled 'What’s Left Behind?'. After receiving the award Andrew presented his first solo exhibition at Chapter Arts Centre. 

The 2013 judges were:

  • Marc Rees - renowned Welsh artist and ambassador for WIYAA.
  • Hannah Firth - Director of Visual Arts and Programme Development for Chapter Arts Centre.
  • Melissa Hinkin - Artes Mundi.