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Joshua wins Kyffin Williams student prize

The Coleg Menai learner’s work is now on display alongside that of celebrated artist Sir Kyffin Williams at Oriel Môn in Llangefni

Coleg Menai art student Joshua Griffith is one of the winners of the 2024 Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize.

Joshua, from Holyhead, won the student category for his graphite and acrylic drawing, ‘Biomorph #1’.

His winning piece is now on display alongside work by celebrated artist Sir Kyffin Williams at Oriel Môn in Llangefni.

Joshua, who is studying the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Coleg Menai’s Parc Menai campus, also won a £1,000 prize.

He said: “I’d like to thank Oriel Môn and the ‘Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize’ panel for selecting my entry for the student award. Drawing has always played a very important role in my creative journey, so it makes me so happy to see it celebrated in the form of this prize.”

He added: “My most recent body of work is focused on the relationship between space and form. I typically work through the mediums of sculpture and observational drawing. I am drawn to organic forms and how they react to different environments.”

The Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize was established by the Sir Kyffin Williams Trust and Oriel Môn in memory of one of Wales’ best-loved artists, for the support he gave to other artists and the value he placed on drawing skills.

The competition is held every three years, with £3,000 awarded to the overall winner and £1,000 to the student prize winner.

This year the overall prize went to Ian Fisher from Llanelli, whose work explores the landscape and culture of Wales through etchings and drawings.

Since the inaugural Drawing Prize competition in 2009, the number of artists applying has increased considerably, with entrants from all over Wales and England.

The winning artworks by Ian and Joshua, along with pieces by other shortlisted artists, will be on display at the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize exhibition at Oriel Môn until July 7, 2024.

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