UWTSD’s Professor Sue Williams features on Art World’s Welsh National Gallery Wish List


Professor Sue Williams, from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, has been named as an artist whose work should feature in a National Gallery of Contemporary Welsh Art.

Professor Sue Williams

As plans are drawn up for a new National Gallery of Modern Welsh Art, the BBC has asked artists and thinkers which pieces it should feature.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, former UK government minister and Dr Kim Howells and Wales footballer and painter Owain Fôn Williams are among those who have given the BBC their thoughts.

South Wales installation artist Ms Pearce Jones was also consulted, and said the gallery should "encapsulate the visual heartbeat of the nation". 

Ms Jones suggests painter and UWTSD Swansea Art College lecturer, Professor Sue Williams, for addressing the "over-sexualisation of girls and so many potent sexual ambiguities in her vibrant portraits." 

She said any new institution should also contain a breadth of Welsh art, from Mary Lloyd Jones - who she says "stood alone for many decades in a very male dominated Welsh Art scene in the 60s and 70s" - to young conceptual artist Carwyn Evans. Caroline Thraves, Head of the School of Fine Art and Photography at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD, said: “We are thrilled that Professor Sue Williams has been highlighted as an artist who without doubt should be featured within a National Gallery of Contemporary Art in Wales. We are extremely fortunate to have Professor Williams work within the Fine Art department at the University and to share her knowledge with aspiring young artists.”

Professor Sue Williams said: “It is important that Wales has an innovative and progressive Contemporary Art Gallery of its time, that not only showcases the many significant Welsh artists and those who work in Wales but also strives to be a global landmark where work of major international artists can be seen and enjoyed by the people of Wales and visitors from afar”.

You can read more about the BBC article here:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-39340960


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