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Hunt for artistic talent.

Byline: GAVIN ALLEN

THE search is on to find the Welsh Artist of the Year 2009.

Now in its ninth year, the competition, which is organised by Cardiff's St David's Hall, is looking for the most innovative and talented Welsh-born artists working throughout the UK and artists currently working or living in Wales.

A total prize of pounds 2,000 is on offer for the winners and will be split across seven different categories: painting, sculpture, photography, applied arts, printmaking, drawing and student.

Cardiff artist Philippa Lawrence, who won last year with Bound Bonsai (a tree wrapped in gold thread), will join the panel of judges. One of her spectacular artworks is pictured above.

Since winning last year Lawrence, a lecturer in contemporary textiles at University of Wales Institute Cardiff who has studios at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, has created another wrapped Bonsai tree and is in talks with a gallery to create a wrapped tree for a National Trust property in Herefordshire.

"Winning Welsh Artist of the Year has meant my work had been seen by a wider art-going audience. It also gave me the opportunity to meet up with world-famous sculptor Richard Long, whose work I admire."

The winner will be announced in a ceremony at St David's Hall on May 24. The winning entries will be exhibited alongside 100 others making the shortlist in the Welsh Artist of the Year Exhibition, which runs from May 24 to July 25. The closing date for entries is February 14.

Entry forms are available to download from the website at www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk or by contacting Ruth Cayford, of St David's Hall, via her e-mail at rcayford@cardiff.gov.uk
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jan 26, 2009
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