Art Challenge Wales was founded by Philip Vaughan. His love of art is deeply rooted in his Pembrokeshire childhood and time spent in Cardiff Art College and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from where he graduated. He is a long time collector of Welsh art and is also a keen artist and potter as are his three daughters who also went to art college.
What makes this competition different?
There are several art competitions in Wales but Philip says that:
‘None are more immediate and challenging and rewarding as this one as you have to paint your picture in one day to have it judged the next so you really have to be focused.
One of the main attractions in making this succeed will be seeing hundreds of artists gathered in one place at one time challenging their talents and sharing ideas and making the town buzz in the process!’
Is the Challenge here to stay?
As Philip has developed the challenge he says that the feedback received from all potential artists for this competition was immensely encouraging so he’s committed to making the project work. The intention is for the event to be repeated annually and be part of the art calendar in Wales so the more artists that take part the more vibrant it will be for all concerned.
His company Abacus Assurance Financial Services Ltd is sponsoring the event for 2018 with the aim of continuing to do so in the coming years. Philip is supported by the communications and media expertise of Purple Pear.
All funds raised in entry fees are to be used on the project to ensure its success in future years, this is a non-profit event for the benefit of participating artists only.
Playing a major role in launching and developing Art Challenge Wales as well as sponsoring the competition, Frances Dredge
has a wealth of experience in media, communications and the Arts.
Before setting up her own business Purple Pear, Frances worked at senior level in international roles for the likes of Harpers and Dow Jones.
Part of her work currently involves working with creative freelances such as actors, musicians and writers to help them gain the business skills necessary to maintain their creative careers: “I am delighted to be involved in Art Challenge Wales as I am a passionate believer in supporting the Arts, ” says Frances. “There is amazing talent out there and our aim is to help artists showcase this, encourage the public to take an interest in art and create a vibrant cultural annual event for the area.”