Creative skills needed for county art competition

Pupils at schools across Denbighshire are urged to get creative as part of a brand new art competition  being arranged to commemorate the 100th birthday of renowned artist Sir Kyffin Williams.

Sir Kyffin was a Welsh landscape painter who lived at Llanfairpwll and is widely regarded as the defining artist of Wales during the 20th Century. The competition, being arranged by Denbighshire County Council’s Enrichment initiative, aims to encourage children to express themselves creatively, encouraging freedom of expression and a passion for art.

There will be three categories, each with a different theme. The emphasis is on skills of technique, observation and interpretation. Judges will award prizes for work which display creativity and originality. All entries will be submitted through the county’s schools.

The competition will help start a classroom discussion around works of art. Children aged 5-7 in the Foundation Phase will  be encouraged to consider the works of Sir Kyffin, Shani Rhys James and Meirion Ginsberg in their classrooms, based on the portrait themes.

Animals and Birds will be the theme for primary age children (7-11) with the work of Sir Kyffin, Gwen John and Ann Lewis being used to inspire pupils. 

The competition for the older students (11-18) will look at landscapes, with a focus on the work of Sir Kyffin, Keith Bowen and Catrin Williams.


The closing date for entries is Friday, 23 March 2018. Winners will be announced on April 11, 2018 and will be invited to a private viewing. The winners’ work will then be on display at County Hall, Ruthin during May 2018. 

Posted on Monday 4th December 2017