CASW Prizes and Awards 

CASW National Eisteddfod Purchase Prize 2017

CASW first established a Purchase Prize at the National Eisteddfod in 2004. Each year, working within a limit of £2,000, the purchase has been chosen by  the curator of the local museum/gallery, to go into that collection. Oriel Ynys Môn chose the CASW Purchase Prize 2017 at the Anglesey National Eisteddfod in Bodedern. 

The work selected is Ceffyl Jacques/Jacques’ Horse by Stephen West. It is a large charcoal drawing on four panels 150 x 300 cms.

Stephen describes the work:

‘I was looking at prehistoric art, cave painting, and also at Chinese landscape painting and ink on silk works. I think of the drawing as a contemporary cave painting, in charcoal, the oldest painting medium, and cut up the drawing into four panels partly to make it easier for frame and transport and partly as a nod to the multi-panel work of Chinese artists, like folding screens.’ 

CASW Student Award 2017

CASW awards each year a prize of £1,500 to a higher degree student attending a fine art course at a university in Wales. The intention is to give some financial support to a deserving student that will enable them to complete their course and provide some initial transition from graduation into professional practice.   

The recipient of the CASW Student Award for 2017 was Sarah Holyfield. Sarah originally studied the science of zoology developing a career in teaching. A lifelong interest in art led her as a mature student to undertake a degree n fine art at Bangor University graduating with first class honours in 2014. Continuing with the MA programme she has this year been awarded an MA in fine art with distinction.

Throughout her studies Sarah has been interested in the boundaries between science and art. Sarahs work is eclectic in terms of both media and ideas. She uses traditional materials like clay and stitching but also photography, video, sound and digital production. Similarly, she has a wide rang of conceptual interests, from asemic writing that looks legible but makes no sense, through to exploring ideas such as virtual reality and virtual money. In her own words Sarah asserts ….

‘Our recent experience of elections and socials media have shown a huge growth in ‘echo chambers’, and ‘fake news’ – how do we know what is real’ 

About the Contemporary Art Society for Wales (CASW)

Founded in the 1930s, and based on a belief in the power of the visual arts to uplift the human spirit, CASW continues to play an active part in the cultural life of Wales through:

Supporting the purchase of artworks for public display

  • In total over 800 works have been gifted to galleries and museums
  • Currently 15 institutions throughout Wales hold CASW acquisition

Organising lectures, visits and study tours

  • Free lectures open to the general public, as well as lectures/lunches for members featuring leading practitioners and art historians
  • Visits to collections, galleries and studios in the UK and abroad

Sponsoring and grant-aiding activities, which have included

  • Annually awarding a National Eisteddfod Purchase Prize and Student Prize
  • Promotion of contemporary art, ranging from local initiatives to support for the Wales Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Above all the Society provides a convivial atmosphere in which to enjoy the visual arts as well as helping to secure our artistic heritage. 

Why not join us ? For membership details and further information please click on the membership tab above.

Next CASW Event

CASW Tuesday Evening Free Lectures

All CASW Tuesday evening lectures are held at 7:30pm in School of Architecture, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3NB
No booking is required for these events



Stella Lyons – Margaret MacDonald and the Glasgow Four – 23rd January 2018

Stella Lyons is a Cardiff based art historian. Educated in Cardiff, she gained a BA [1st Class Hons.] in the History of Art at Bristol University during which she spent a year in Florence studying the art of the Renaissance. This lecture will look at the Glasgow Four, who included the painter and glass artist Margaret MacDonald. This group was influential in the movements of the time – the Arts and Crafts Movement, Japonisme and the Celtic Revival.

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Sean Vicary – Animated Landscapes – 20th February 2018

Sean Vicary Sean initially studied painting but became increasingly attracted to working in time-based media. Found objects, even detritus, serve to stimulate the creation of his Animated Landscapes or assemblages. " I am currently working with ideas of the uncanny ,...

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CASW Lisvane Lectures and Lunches

All CASW Saturday lectures are held in Lisvane Memorial Hall, Lisvane CF14 0SQ  
Members are required to book for these events


CASW Study Trips


Generally CASW study trips are open to members only. Booking is essential.

CASW Study Visit to Alsace May 1st – 6th 2018

Visits Planned We take our exec coach from our designated pick up point in Cardiff and travel to Heathrow for our BA schedule flight to Basel at 18.35h. On arrival we will be met by a transfer rep and transported to our central hotel in Colmar where we stay 5 nights...

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