Iwan Bala

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Iwan Bala
Iwan Bala and John Cale.jpg
Iwan Bala (left) with John Cale in Ammanford (2009)
BornRichard Iwan Ellis Roberts
May 1956
Sarnau,Merionethshire.
NationalityWelsh
Education

the University of Wales Institute Cardiff

Howard Gardens College of Art, Cardiff.
University of Aberystwyth
Known forPainting / Drawing / 3D Assemblages / Art Literature
Awards

Gold Medal in Fine Art, National Eisteddfod of Wales

Owain Glyndŵr Award.
 
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Iwan Bala
Iwan Bala and John Cale.jpg
Iwan Bala (left) with John Cale in Ammanford (2009)
BornRichard Iwan Ellis Roberts
May 1956
Sarnau,Merionethshire.
NationalityWelsh
Education

the University of Wales Institute Cardiff

Howard Gardens College of Art, Cardiff.
University of Aberystwyth
Known forPainting / Drawing / 3D Assemblages / Art Literature
Awards

Gold Medal in Fine Art, National Eisteddfod of Wales

Owain Glyndŵr Award.

Iwan Bala (born Richard Iwan Ellis Roberts)[1] is a Welsh speaking, Welsh artist, born May 1956 in Sarnau, Merionethshire, near Bala.[2]

Biography[edit]

Iwan Bala was raised in Gwyddelwern, and attended Ysgol y Sarnau, Ysgol Gwyddelwern and Ysgol y Berwyn. He studied geography and politics at the University of Aberystwyth from 1974, then from 1975 until 1977 he studied fine art at Howard Gardens, Cardiff College of Art. He gained an M.A. in fine art from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 1993.[3][4]

In 1990 he became artist in residence at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.[5] In 1993 he presented the S4C arts programme Delweddau Zimbabwe (‘’Zimbabwe Images’’ in Welsh).[5]

He is senior Lecturer at the School of Creative Arts and Humanities at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen.[6]

Bala creates his art-work using memorised and imagined maps and landscapes, commenting on Welsh culture.[6] He has won many prizes including the Gold Medal in Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1997 (and a prize winner in 1988, '89 and '93). He won the Owain Glyndŵr Award in 1998, “for outstanding contributions to the arts in Wales”.[2] He has also been recipient of grants from the Arts Council of Wales, including a travel grant to visit Zimbabwe in 1990, research funding for "Certain Welsh Artists", a collection of essays published by Seren Books in 1999 and a Career Development Grant (printmaking) 2001. He was also awarded a Wales Art International travel grant to Galicia in 2004 and Brittany in 2007.[4]

Bala’s work is held in many public and private collections including the National Museum Wales (Derek Williams Trust), the Museum of Modern Art Wales, the Imperial War Museum, the Contemporary Art Society for Wales, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Brecknock Museum, A Fundacion Casa Museo "A Solaina" de Pilono, Galicia, The University of Glamorgan and The National Library of Wales.[2][6]

In 2012 Bala collaborated with poet, and fellow lecturer at Trinity Saint David's, Menna Elfyn for an exhibition called Field-notes.[7]

Publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://artinwales.250x.com/mainindex.htm#B
  2. ^ a b c Iwan Bala profile, BBC Wales North west, last updated September 2009.
  3. ^ a b c http://www.gomer.co.uk/gomer/cy/gomer.ViewAuthor/authorBio/1292[broken citation]
  4. ^ a b Curriculum Vitae, Iwanbala.com
  5. ^ a b Iwan Bala, 'Byd o Liw', S4C, 2006.
  6. ^ a b c Biography, Iwanbala.com
  7. ^ Polly March, "Fieldnotes - an exhibition by Iwan Bala and Menna Elfyn" BBC Wales blog, 28 December 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e Iwan Bala: Books by this author, Seren Books.
  9. ^ a b http://www.planetmagazine.org.uk/html/newsite/index.htm[broken citation]

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