Artist in Residence
The first artist in residence
scheme, organised in collaboration with Artworks
Wales and Oriel Mostyn, began in 1999. Artists
spend several weeks on the island, producing work
which is later exhibited on the mainland.
As well as artists in residence, there has been a Lottery funded project to restore Brenda Chamberlain's murals at Carreg Fawr on the island. Please follow this link for further information.
Restorer at work on Brenda Chamberlain mural at Carreg Fawr.
Sherman 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,
Carole Sherman workshop, Bardsey 2013
|Kim Atkinson - Razorbills
A Welsh language literary residency was offered
for the first time in 2002 in collaboration
with the Welsh Academy. Fflur Dafydd, poet,
columnist spent six weeks on the island, working on a collection of poetry
and prose, as well as contributing several articles about the residency to
Welsh magazines and newspapers. Her play entitled 'Hugo', produced by Sgript
Cymru, was inspired by her island experiences.
The artist, writer and poet Brenda Chamberlain lived at Carreg from 1947 to
1962. It was an especially productive period in her life. During this period,
she twice won the Gold Medal for Art at the National Eisteddfod. Some of the
murals she painted can still be seen on the walls of Carreg, and several of
her paintings and drawings are inspired by the island, as is her volume Tide
Race, which has been republished by Seren.
Tide Race: 1962, republished by Seren Books
woman to win the Crown at the National Eisteddfod
of Wales in 1953 for her long poem, Y Llen,
Dilys Cadwaladr spent several years on Bardsey
in the 1940s, as farmer and school teacher
to the island’s children.
|R S Thomas
|The poet R S Thomas was vicar of Aberdaron before his retirement in 1978, when
he moved a couple of miles down the coast to Rhiw. He was closely associated
with the island, especially in the early days of the Trust.
poet Christine Evans has been associated
with the island since the sixties, when she
married into the last of Bardsey’s
farming families. She and her family live
and work on the island for much of the year.
She has published five
volumes of poetry: Looking Inland, Falling Back, Cometary Phases, Island of
Dark Horses, which is based entirely on her
life on Bardsey and Dreaming the Candle.
Some lucky visitors to the island may catch one of her poetry readings on the
island during the summer.
Island of Dark Horses: Seren Books 1995
|Wildlife artist Kim Atkinson lived on the island for the first seven years of
her life and again for ten years in the 1980s and ‘90s. Her work has
been exhibited all over Wales and England and her artistic reputation has brought
her invitations to work in many parts of the world, including Australia and
Poland. Many of the goods produced for the Bardsey shop bear the unmistakable
images created by Kim.
Bardsey Island Trust patrons
Bardsey’s strong association
with the arts is reflected in its patrons - opera
singer Bryn Terfel and film-maker Peter Greenaway
are supporters of the Trust’s work.