“The land has always been there in my mind, beginning with a childhood helping on the farm. The passing on of the land from one generation to the next represents continuity and instills a deep sense of belonging. I grew up, therefore in a place where history and tradition were relevant and my familiar landscape was connected by a network of mythic and cultural associations. The art of storytelling celebrated life in all its forms, thus fuelling a culture founded on narrative as opposed to a visual tradition, creating fabulous and complex imagery of the mind.…”

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1955Born Mid Wales, UK
1974-77 B.A. Hons Art and Design at Manchester Polytechnic
2000 Elected Member of the Royal Cambrian Academy.
2004 Accepted to the honorary order of the Gorsedd white robe at the National Eisteddfod of Wales
2013 Artwork selected by Cerys Matthews as the backdrop for Land of Song – WOMEX 13 (The World MusicExpo) Opening Concert, Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2017 Solo exhibition "Borderland" - Thackeray Gallery, Kensington Square, London
2017 Collect Saatchi Gallery, London (in collaboration with Ruthin Craft Centre)
2016 'Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape'  MOMA Wales/Cymru Machynlleth.
2015 Solo exhibition "Ancestral Landscapes" - Thackeray Gallery, Kensington Square, London
2014 Solo exhibition - Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff
2014 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Visual Arts Exhibition also 2012 / 05 / 03 / 01 / 00 / 99 / 96 / 95 / 94 / 92
2013 'Window on Wales' Exhibition, Ruthin Craft Centre.
2013 Solo exhibition - Thackeray Gallery, Kensington Square, London
2012 SOFA Exposition of Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art, New York (iwith Ruthin Craft Centre)
2012 Macy Art Gallery, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York (with Lissa Hunter)
2012 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Annual Visual Arts Exhibition and 2005/03/01/00/99/96/95/94
2011 Collect Saatchi Gallery, London (with Ruthin Craft Centre)
2011 Solo exhibition - Thackeray Gallery, Kensington Square, London
2010/08 Solo exhibition - Galeri Betws y Coed
2009 Solo exhibition - Thackeray Gallery, Kensington Square, London
2009 Solo exhibition - National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff
2008 Art of the Stitch(Birmingham, Krefeld and Budapest tour)
2007 Solo exhibition - Thackeray Gallery, Kensington Square, London
2006 Kyffin Williams and selected Welsh Artists Thackeray Gallery, Kensington Square, London
2005 Solo exhibition - Thackeray Gallery, Kensington Square, London
2004 11th International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland (Representing UK)
2004 Farming and the Welsh Landscape (Royal Welsh Show, National Library of Wales & Royal Cambrian Academy tour)
2004 Collect V&A Museum, London (with Ruthin Craft Centre)
2003 SOFA Chicago (with Ruthin Craft Centre)
2003 Solo exhibition - Thackeray Gallery, Kensington Square, London
2002 Meaning of the land Interceltic Festival, Lorient, France (Representing Wales)
2001 Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy(with Shani Rhys James and Sally Mathews)
2001 Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (Wales/Scotland exhibition with Ruthin Craft Centre)
2000 Farmers’ Daughters Ruthin Craft Centre
1999 Solo exhibition - MOMA Wales/Cymru, The Tabernacle, Machynlleth
1998 Piel de Seda Embroidered Bookbindings Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid
1995 Solo exhibition - Museu Textil i d’Indumentaria, Barcelona (Wales in Catalonia Festival) and UK tour
1992 Out of the Frame Crafts Council, London
1982 British Needlework National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan

MAJOR COLLECTIONS & COMMISSIONS
Contemporary Art Society for Wales
National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
MOMA Wales/Cymru, Collection, The Tabernacle, Machynlleth
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Contemporary Art Society for Wales (etching commissioned for Year of the Artist portfolio 2000)
Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
National Farmers Union Mutual and Avon Insurance, Headquarters, Stratford upon Avon
Embroiderers Guild Collection, Hampton Court Palace

AWARDS & PRIZES
2010/11 Winner of the Creative Wales Ambassador Award. Arts Council of Wales
2008 Winner of the Painting Prize and Runner-up for Welsh Artist of the Year Award, St David’s Hall, Cardiff                                
1999 Award for most outstanding exhibit, “Art of the Stitch” exhibition, Barbican, London
1987 Gold Medal for Craft, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Porthmadog

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
"The tradition: A New History of Welsh Art 1400 - 1990" By Peter Lord 2016
"Artists & Illustrators" interview by Martha Alexander March 2013
“Embroidery” magazine Article by Dr Jessica Hemmings Jan/Feb issue 2013
"Taliesin" cyfrol 136 Gwanwyn 2009 'Ffenomen cenedl" article by Dafydd Elis-Thomas
"Crafts" No. 195 July/August Exhibition review by Mary Schoeser 2005
"Planet" No. 138. 'Ancestral Landscapes' Exhibition review by Shelagh Hourahane 1999
"FIBERARTS" magazine (USA) Article by Dr. Jennifer Harris, SeptlOct 1999
"Art Review" ArtistsEye article by Eleri Mills, May 1998
"Planet" No. 113. 'Resonant Images' Article by Peter Lord, 1995                   

EVENTS / LECTURING
Artist in residence at Sanskriti Kendra, Dehi, and research trip to India supported by Wales Arts International 2016.
Guest speaker Contemporary Art Society for Wales Cardiff Nov 2012
Artist in Residence at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York March/April 2012
Artist in Residence at Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire, Wales 2011 & 2012
In conversation with Dr Jessica Hemmings, Ruthin Craft Centre Sept 2011
Guest speaker Annual conference Arts Council of Wales, 2004
Guest speaker Textile Symposium - "Celebrating Diversity in Stitch" Ruthin Craft Centre, 2004
Guest speaker lecture series SOFA Chicago, 2003
Artist in residence at Equilibre Horse Theatre, Machynlleth 2001

 

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