Wednesday 23 June 2010, 16:24
The 10th Welsh Artist of the Year exhibition is on at St David's Hall in Cardiff until 6 August and the winners of the different categories and overall winner were announced on Sunday.
For the first time in five years, a painter won the title Welsh Artist of the Year. He's Elfyn Lewis, originally from Porthmadog but now living and working in Cardiff. Elfyn's abstract landscapes also won him the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the National Eisteddofd last year. He and the curator of the Welsh Artist of the Year exhibition will be on this week's Radio Wales Arts Show.
The runner up and winner of the Sculpture Prize was Emily Jenkins - a former teacher whose complex ceramic pieces, called The Right to Return, deal with the issue of Palestinian farmers driven from their olive and lemon groves by Israeli settlers.
The competition is open to professional and amateur artists living and working in Wales and this year attracted around 400 entries. From those, almost a hundred pieces were selected by a judging panel for display in an exhibition that's an exciting demonstration of the best in visual arts in Wales.
It's always very exciting to see works by established artists side by side with those of students and to have such a mix of media on show. There's just about everything in this exhibition from painting to ceramics, photography to sculpture and from video to drawings and prints. All the work is for sale so I was very careful to leave my purse and cheque book at home!
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