News and the Evelyn Williams Drawing Award

Intimate Whispers an exhibition at Anima Mundi St Ives

Anima Mundi’s Director Joseph Clarke has curated a selection of works by Evelyn Williams for Anima Mundi - a handsome gallery converted from the former Christian Science reading rooms in St Ives, Cornwall.

The exhibition titled Intimate Whispers was to run formally from 21st February to 31st March 2020, but has been extended online until 1st June.

intimate whispers exhibition

In the words of Clarke: “Intimate Whispers offers a selection of uniquely honest paintings, dealing with the intimate connection and profound solitude of existence, taking the viewer on a profound journey from womb to tomb.”

The gallery has been temporarily closed conforming with Government guidelines in a time of lock down due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Joseph Clarke noted in his message to the public:

“We wish you and your loved ones continued health and wellbeing in these challenging times, and make a plea to valiant attempts to increasing the quality of human connection in these times of enforced separation...”

The Evelyn Williams Trust echoes Anima Mundi’s wishes. On its website, the gallery has some affecting views of the displayed work and has produced a superb on-line catalogue of the exhibition.

Evelyn Williams’s work speaks powerfully of isolation and the desire for connection, singularly now to the fore. Our thanks and appreciation from the Trust to Joseph Clarke and Anima Mundi for what he could not have known to be such a timely exhibition.

A link to the exhibition can be found here: Evelyn Williams Intimate Whispers

Men at Sea by Evelyn Williams is included in Anima Mundi’s current online show ‘Ode to a Nightingale’.

The 2019 Evelyn Williams Drawing Award

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 was announced on the 25th September and the exhibition has started its tour at Salisbury Museum. trinty buoy award The prize announcements culminated with the awarding of the 2019 Evelyn Williams Drawing Award to artist Penny McCarthy and the renewal of the partnership between Drawing Projects UK, Hastings Contemporary, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Exhibition and the Evelyn Williams Trust. Penny McCarthy Penny McCarthy in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize with her two works DNA in Nature Pencil on paper 50 x70cms and Photo 51 Pencil and paint on paper 20x50cms

Penny was selected from a group of 45 artists who having been chosen to exhibit were invited to submit proposals for holding the Evelyn Williams Drawing Award. The selection Panel was Anita Taylor , Director, Drawing Projects UK , Kim Kish deputizing for Liz Gilmore, from Hastings Contemporary, and David Alston Trustee, Evelyn Williams Trust.

Penny was born in 1960 in the USA but has studied and made her career in the UK with a strong association with Sheffield where she both trained as an artist and is now Reader in Fine Art and Course Leader, Postgraduate Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. She works primarily with drawing and text. Penny began her career as a Henry Moore Fellow in Drawing. Her work is presented internationally in a variety of contexts: in museums and galleries, at conferences, and as live projects and publications. Her work has been supported in the past by the Henry Moore Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England and Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her recent projects have been shown in Ulysse(s): L’autre mer, at the FRAC, Rennes, France, Nothing is Forever, South London Gallery, and Material Truths at Site Gallery, Sheffield in 2017.

The Evelyn Williams Drawing Award offers her a period of research and studio work towards a solo exhibition at Hastings Contemporary to be scheduled in 2020-21.

“The exhibition I propose to develop focuses on my interest in the duality that exists between image, reality, representation and presentation, and the unstable fluctuation between them.  The project would specifically address the challenge of drawing by hand and how this is understood in the context of the information age.”

She succeeds Barbara Walker the first recipient of the Evelyn Williams Drawing Award, whose exhibition Vanishing Point was shown last year at Hastings Contemporary.

Barbara Walker and Penny McCarthy Barbara Walker and Penny McCarthy together in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition 2019.

Barbara Walker was awarded the first Evelyn Williams Drawing Award in 2017. Her exhibition Vanishing Point was shown at the Jerwood Gallery (now Hastings Contemporary) October 19th- January 6th 2019 Works from the series were subsequently shown in the Armory Show in New York in 2019 in an exhibition mounted by Alan Cristea Gallery and a single work was invited for showing in the Royal Academy Summer exhibition 2019