The Young Ones; Wales Has a Long and Honourable History in Thevisual Arts World Butwhat's It like Beinga Young Welsh Artist Today? Matt Thomas Finds Ascene That Gives a Nod to Sir Kyffin Williams but Also Heads Downsomequite Extraordinary Avenues

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The Young Ones; Wales Has a Long and Honourable History in Thevisual Arts World Butwhat's It like Beinga Young Welsh Artist Today? Matt Thomas Finds Ascene That Gives a Nod to Sir Kyffin Williams but Also Heads Downsomequite Extraordinary Avenues


Byline: Matt Thomas

after leaving Cheltenham Art College.

"Working in the community, leading outreach art projects has been a massive help to me," he explains.

"It's allowed me to actually make some money while still being in the art world.

"Stuff has started to dry up a bit at the moment, due to a lack of funding and so on but that's true of most areas, I think."

But while Price's community artwork has played a vital role in keeping his head above water, he says time has come to devote himself more fully to his painting.

"I've been realising more and more of late that I need to be in the studio and actually producing my own work as much as I can," he says.

"While it's great being out there and being in the community and making things happen for other people I need to be producing work at a much higher volume to progress."

Not that Price feels his community work has held him back in any way.

"Far from it actually. It's taught me a lot about getting on with people, and putting myself and my ideas out there," he says.

"You can't afford to just be an artist these days, you have to be promoting yourself, making contacts if you like.

"Since everybody's on the internet these days I've had people picking up my work from as far away as Canada."

There is a possibility, he admits, that working at a higher rate may find him burning through his sources of inspiration at a greater speed - but he insists he won't be leaving Gwynedd until he's done.

"A lot of people have always said to me, 'Why don't you move to Cardiff or London?' and I just don't think I'd get anything out of that environment at the moment," he says.

"If I ever run out of stuff to paint up here then I might think about it, but I can't see that happening soon."

Visit www.glynprice.com for more information Glyn Price Just turned 30, Price has spent the balance of his life in Cwm-Y-Glo, Gwynedd.

"It's essential to my work, really," he says.

"The landscape is really all that interests me, and the landscape around here, where I grew up, is what I find the most compelling."

Balancing his career in art with making money has been a constant theme of the time he has spent in his old stomping grounds BOCS Gathering at the Oriel Dafydd Hardy in Caernarfon, BOCS is a collective of young North Walian artists, convened by Glenys Davies.

"The whole idea for this came about in 2006," she explains.

"Dafydd, who's an estate agent, had just moved offices and as we'd been discussing the basic problem of keeping art students interested and involved with the area, he offered the basement of his new premises as a gallery."

Over the last three years a core of 12 or so young artists have coalesced about the space.

"What we're tying to achieve is some sort of continuity with these young artists," she explains.

"We're aware that they're going to do their foundation years quite locally perhaps, but then move away for MAs, over to Manchester or down to Cardiff, but we want them to feel they can come back.

"The problem we were having was that people would come back and find that they would be working call centre jobs or something to make ends meet and they'd feel isolated. They'd be missing the sort of art-orientated scene they used to enjoy at university and they'd move back there. …

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