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The Derrick Turner Trophy

Derrick Turner was the former Principal of the Cardiff College of Art from 1971-76 and Vice Principal of the South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education from 1978-89. He was elected an Hon Fellow of UWIC in 2004, a year before his death in 2005. Always keen to encourage creative activity at all levels, amateur and professional, he was a long-standing supporter of the SWAS and judged our annual competition for many years. He is remembered for his insightful criticism, his dry wit and his ability to enthuse his audience. In particular, he possessed the elusive quality of presence and his critiques were delivered in his own inimitable style.

The competition named after Derrick usually takes place in the early part of the year and is judged by a single invited judge. It usually takes the form of two subjects, the judge giving a critique on one subject in each of two meetings. Nowadays, selected paintings from the first week are brought back for the second meeting, and the judge will then select winners and runners-up for both subjects - and then the overall winner!.

The First Prize in each category will be £50.00. Runners up in each category will win £25.00. The overall winner will receive the Derrick Turner Trophy. The judge will also provide the subjects for the following year.

In 2019, a prestigious exhibition was arranged for the top 20 or so entries (about 10 from each category) to show at the small Senedd Gallery for four weeks. This exhibition ran simultaneously with our Annual Exhibition.

Recent Overall Winners:

2006    Tony Douglas-Jones

2007    Keith Harvey

2008    Pat Quarrington

2009    Keith Harvey

2010    Sheila Beames

2011    Sheila Beames

2012    Pat Webb

2013    Tony Batey

2014    Eli Absi

2015    Ian Philpot

2016    Arnold Lowrey

2017    Joe Rhodes

2018    Tony Douglas-Jones

2019    Lysbeth Davies

2020    Roger Bennett

Category Winners:

2010    subject: Sunday                           winner          Sheila Beames

           subject: Old Stones                     winner          Sue Wood

2011    subject: Flowers                          winner          Sheila Beames

           subject: Cardiff Then & Now        winner          Ray Dibble

2012    subject: Heritage                         winner          Pat Webb

          subject: Spring                             winner          Val Smith

2013    subject: Sunshine & Shadows        winner          Tony Batey

          subject: The Open Road                winner          Jan Llewellyn

2014    subject: Rural & Urban                  winner          June Reed

          subject: A Tale Never Told            winner          Eli Absi

2015    subject: Lights Of The City           winner          Ian Philpot

          subject: Still Life In Odd Colours    winner          Pam Gilbert

2016    subject: ‘The Welsh Landscape’ by RS Thomas             winner              Arnold Lowrey

          subject: Paraphernalia                  winner           Joe Rhodes


2017    subject: City Garden                    winner           Claire Sadlier

          subject: Contrasts                         winner          Joe Rhodes


2018   subject: Over & Under                   winner          Tony Douglas-Jones

          subject: Change                           winner           Tony Douglas-Jones


2019   subject: Local Urban Study             winner:         Lysbeth Davies

         subject: Enclosed Space                 winner:         Judy Goodfellow


2020  subject: Beside The Seaside            winner:         Hywel Smith

         subject: Made In Wales                   winner:        Roger Bennett

Gallery for week 1

Derrick Turner Competition 2021

The titles and dates for this year’s competition are as follows:

9 Feb 2020:   ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

23 Feb 2020:   ‘Still Life With Flowers using contiguous colours’

Members may enter either or both subjects. Please note that you must be a fully paid-up member to enter. The cash prizes are £50 for the winners, £25 for the runners-up.

Please see here for the rules for our competitions.

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