About the Contemporary Arts Society for Wales (CASW)

The Society was conceived in the 1930s following the economic depression and resulted from a belief in the ability of the visual arts to uplift the human spirit in times of material adversity. In 1935 a major touring exhibition of contemporary art was promoted by a prominent group of London-Welsh and was curated by Augustus John. The following year the group arranged a high grade exhibition at the National Eisteddfod in Fishguard, using it to involve notable Welsh-based individuals to explore the formation of a society devoted largely to indigenous contemporary art.

And so it was that the Society was formed under the chairmanship of the charismatic Lord Howard de Walden of Chirk Castle, a distinguished collector and President of the Contemporary Art Society, the UK body set up 20 years previously, with the inaugural meeting taking place in 1937. As set out in the Constitution:

The objects of the Society shall be to foster and promote the maintenance, improvement and development of artistic taste and the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts among the people of Wales and for this purpose but not otherwise the Society shall have power to purchase contemporary works of art of accepted importance and to arrange for exhibitions of such works for the benefit of the public and to present them to Welsh charitable institutions.

Next CASW Event

CASW Tuesday Evening Free Lectures

All CASW Tuesday evening lectures are held at 7:30pm in the large Chemistry Lecture Theatre (1-123), Cardiff University, Park Place, CF10 3AT. 
No booking is required for these events



Billy Adams – Ceramics – Tuesday 23rd October

Billy Adams - Ceramics - Tuesday 23rd October Billy Adams, although Irish by birth, has lived and worked in Wales since the late 80s. He did his Masters in Ceramics in Cardiff at that time. His thrown forms were originally based on ancient Celtic monuments like the...

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Peter Wakelin Roger Cecil : a Secret Artist – 20th November 2018

Roger Cecil (1942–2015)

David Buckman of the Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945 said, ‘In nine years of gathering material for a dictionary containing over 10,000 names, he remains the most impressive discovery.’ He was one of the most able and prolific artists of his generation but he was unmoved by exhibitions, groups or status and he remained all his life in the mining valley where he grew up, often working as a labourer and open-cast miner to support his art.

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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.

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