Welsh Visual Arts

Welsh Visual Arts – Our Best of 2020

Welsh Visual Arts have flourished in 2020, with exhibitions even appearing online and livestreaming award presentations to ensure no one missed out. After much deliberation, the Wales Arts Review contributors have settled on our favourites – here’s our list of top visual arts exhibitions of 2020.

Our number one will be announced on Monday 21st of December. 

Transcape: The Art of Annabelle May Hampton (Oriel Joanna Field Gallery (Torch Theatre), Milford Haven)

Claudia Williams (Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff)

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Art Box on Tour: David Hurn (Workers Gallery, Ynyshir, Rhondda)

National Eisteddfod: Epona (Online)

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Newport College of Art: 40 Years On (Online)

Wales Contemporary/Cymru Gyfoes (Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven)

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Work Be To Done (Ffotogallery, Cardiff)

BEEP Painting Prize (Elysium Gallery, Swansea)

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The Literary World of Paul Peter Piech (National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth)

Undo Things Done – Sean Edwards (Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham)

Becoming Richard Burton (National Museum Wales, Cardiff)


Previous winners include:

2019: David Nash: Sculpture Through the Seasons (National Museum of Wales, Cardiff)

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2018: This Inconstant State by Shani Rhys James (Connaught Brown Gallery, London)

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2017: Diffusion: The Cardiff International Festival of Photography (Various venues, Cardiff)

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