Contemporary Art Society for Wales (CASW)

About the Society

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.

CASW Exhibition at the 2018 National Eisteddfod 

Since 1938 the Contemporary Art Society for Wales has acquired around 850 works by 500 artists. These are now held as part of well-known public collections across Wales – a vital record of Welsh art through the decades. This exhibition celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Society’s first acquisition by exploring the contemporary art of successive eras, much of which may have seemed challenging when new. It includes work by some of Wales’ leading painters, sculptors and film-makers from the 1930s to the present day. The exhibition is curated for the Contemporary Art Society for Wales by Dr Peter Wakelin in the wonderful Pierhead building at the heart of the Cardiff Bay waterfront.


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



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 London Study Tour Thursday 11th October – Sunday 14th October 2018

Arthur Parker and Jenny McClelland will be leading a study tour of London staying at the 4* Doubletree by Hilton Hyde Park Hotel.

En route: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery: Cicatrix: The Scar of a Healed Wound exhibition
V&A Museum: Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up exhibition
Huxley-Parlour Gallery: Gallery artists’ exhibition
Sladmore Contemporary Gallery: Mario Dilitz sculpture exhibition
Bloomberg SPACE and London Mithraeum: Modern artworks and Roman Temple
Lacy Gallery: Contemporary paintings from St Petersburg School of Art
Hauser&Wirth: Exhibition by gallery artist to be confirmed at a later date
Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art: Mika Rottenberg exhibition

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