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Iwan Bala

Iwan says of his work, "... it deals with the landscape of culture, memory and imagination. I attempt to research and create a map of this internal landscape, my own little island, to place it within the context of the landscape of the wider world."

Originally from Bala, Iwan now lives in Cardiff, and works part time at Cywaith Cymru, a national body which supports public arts in Wales.

In 1990, Iwan was resident artist at the National Gallery of Harare in Zimbabwe, and he returned there in 1993 to present a TV programme on the arts, Delweddau Zimbabwe (Images of Zimbabwe). In the same year he completed an MA in Fine Art.

Iwan won the Gold Medal in the National Eisteddfod in Bala yn 1997, and he received the Owain Glyn Dŵr Medal for his contribution to the arts in 1998.

He has travelled all over the world to exhibit his work, taking in Zimbabwe, Poland, Ireland, Croatia, the USA, Germany and Galicia. His work has also been shown in Hong Kong, Mexico, Britanny and the Czech Republic.

Iwan has also been the curator of exhibitions in the National Museum and Gallery of Wales, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, St David's Hall, Cardiff and Galeri in Caernarfon. He has also contributed to many international arts festivals.

His work forms part of several private collections in Britain and beyond, and in a number of public collections. Iwan is a member of Grŵp Beca, Ysbryd/Spirit and he was a founder member of The Artists' Project. His has also written extensively, and his work has been published in Barn, Planet, Taliesin and Golwg. He has written and contributed to several books on the visual arts.

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