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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.


Carole Sherman 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Carole Sherman
Carole Sherman workshop, Bardsey 2013

Susan Adams 2002
Clare Barber 2001
Ben Stammers 2000
Trudi Entwistle 1999
Kim Atkinson - Razonbills 1995
Kim Atkinson - Razorbills 1995

Literary residence

A Welsh language literary residency was offered for the first time in 2002 in collaboration with the Welsh Academy. Fflur Dafydd, poet, scriptwriter and 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.

Brenda Chamberlain

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 1997

Dilys Cadwaladr
The first 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.
Christine Evans

The 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

Kim Atkinson
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.



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