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echo live: Philippa named Welsh Artist of Year.

Byline: GAVIN ALLEN

PHILIPPA Lawrence, has beaten off 500 competitors to be named Welsh Artist of the Year 2008

The Cardiff-based artist was presented with the award at St David's Hall in Cardiff yesterday for her entry 'Bound Bonsai', (pictured) a bonsai tree wrapped in embroidery thread.

"Winning this competition is such a good feeling," said Lawrence, inset below, who lectures in contemporary textiles at Uwic and has a studio at Chapter Arts Centre in Canton, Cardiff.

"It's given me a chance to show my work to the contemporary practitioners and specialists on the judging panel."

Welsh Artists' exhibition curator Ruth Cayford said: "Philippa's work is stunning - her 'Bound' series unites art and nature, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

"Philippa's desire to drawattention to the beauty and cyclical nature of everyday life is pure and inspirational."

Lawrence collected a cheque for pounds 2,000 from arts broadcaster Nicola Heywood Thomas at yesterday's award ceremony and her winning entry now forms the centrepiece of the exhibition, which runs until Saturday, July 26, in the Foyer Galleries of St David's Hall, alongside the winners of the competition's other categories.

The overall runner-up was Eleri Mills, who also won the painting award for her piece, Ancestral Landscapes, while there were category awards for Anthony Stokes (Photography); Laura Thomas (Applied Arts); Kate Bassett (Printmaking); Virginia Head (Drawing); and Jane Elizabeth Taylor (Student award).

Awarded the Highly Commended accolade were: Corrie Chis well, Duncan Ayscough, Christine Jones, and Robert Michael Greetham.
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