Evan Charlton, in a long and distinguished career as a painter and educator, was Head of the Cardiff School of Art from 1938 to 1945. He and his wife Felicity (also an artist), lived in Cardiff from the time he took up this post till his death in 1984, and hers in 2009. Both artists were committed to figurative painting, and Evan is widely respected as an early surrealist in Britain. Many of his works are in public and private collections, including the National Museum of Wales and Tate Britain. They had no children, but greatly enjoyed the company of young people and visits of Cardiff students to their studio in Porthkerry. A good friend of the Charltons has set up this award in their memory, in recognition of their contribution to the life of what is now the Cardiff School of Art and Design.
"Receiving the award allowed a research trip to the V&A where I learned a huge amount about what mattered to me as an artist - I was particularly influenced by fragmented, and deteriorated sculpture. Subsequently, I spent my final year at university learning lost-wax casting and created a series of bronze heads. This will be a part of my practice for the foreseeable future."
2014 Award winner Sam Heath, BA (Hons) Fine Art
"Thanks to this generous award, I embarked on a week of research and exploration in the Brecon Beacons. My proposal was to immerse myself in the environment and use this time to reflect upon the way I document experience and memory in my art practice. The concepts that this project have allowed me to explore have formed a strong foundation for the research element of my degree, and this has been an invaluable aspect of my creative development."
2013 Award winner James George, BA (Hons) Fine Art
"Receiving this award has provided me with the chance to explore, experience and adventure into new possibilities for my own practice of painting. I am so grateful to be given it. To see places that have inspired other artists has given me that drive that is essential to going into my 3rd year."
2012 Award winner Will Preston, BA (Hons) Fine Art
"This award has given me the huge privilege of being able to travel around the United Kingdom to enhance my artistic practice. Without the award I would have been in great difficulty and not been able to complete my project so I am extremely grateful. Awards like this give art students an opportunity for real creativity."
2011 Award winner Russell William Carey, BA (Hons) Fine Art