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Welsh arts & culture

[John Gibson – Cupid pursuing Psyche 1843 - Cited Royal Academy of Arts]

We are fortunate in Wales to not only have a number of great artists and designers to call our own, such as Sir Kyffin Williams, Richard Wilson, Laura Ashley and Julien Macdonald, but also a platform of support for artists and the arts in Wales to nurture talent. Study art at our Colleges and Universities. We are also pleased to host art works in Wales and there are many exhibitions to enjoy. Ragnar Kjartansson, a former Artes Mundi contestant will soon return to Wales to showcase his new performance piece, in the country he competed in 2013. 

We have the world's most famous arts and literature festival right here in Wales in Hay-on-Wye. When Bill Clinton came to town, he called it ‘the Woodstock of the mind’.

Dylan Thomas, Roald Dahl and R S Thomas are amongst our most famous writers and we love to celebrate their lives and life's work. In 2014 Wales marked a centenary since the birth of Dylan Thomas with celebrations all over the World and in 2016 we celebrated 100 years of Roald Dahl, by holding similar large scale events in Wales to bring his books and characters to life.

[National Museum in Cardiff cited ]

Literature Wales selected two world-class poets and performers as new National Poet of Wales and Young People's LaureateIfor ap Glyn took on the role of National Poet of Wales in May 2016, championing Welsh poetry and taking it to a global stage. Sophie McKeand began her work as Young People’s Laureate in April 2016, an initiative which gives youth communities the opportunity to develop their creative voices.

The National Museum in Cardiff is the home of the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings outside Paris. Entry to see the collection is free, which includes Renoir’s famous Blue Lady, La Parisienne, Rodin’s The Kiss, Vincent Van Gogh's Rain Auvers and Monet’s Water lilies paintings.

[Pierre-Auguste Renoir - La Parisienne 1874 - National Museum]

The prestigious Artes Mundi Prize is also held here every two years in Wales and is one of the largest visual art prizes in the world. The international prize celebrates and recognises artists across the globe.

Find out more about our artists, writers, museums and cultural events in the links below.

St Fagans Museum
Our national museums will give you a showcase of our past and present culture. And best of all they are free to visit.
Welsh artists
Creativity is a deep-rooted part of the culture of Wales and we have a number of great artists to call our own.
a statue of Dylan Thomas overlooking Swansea Marina
Welsh writers
Dylan Thomas wrote Under Milk Wood at this boathouse in Carmarthenshire. Learn more about him and other homegrown talents.
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod opening parade
Cultural events and festivals
The world's largest arts and literary event is held in Hay-on-Wye each spring. Find out more about this and our other cultural events...
Each year we enjoy the National Eisteddfod, Urdd Eisteddfod & the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
Welsh designers
Did you know Laura Ashley and Ross Lovegove are Welsh, find out more!