Bedwyr Williams

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Bedwyr Williams (born 1974) is a Welsh artist. His work combines installation and stand-up comedy.[1]


He studied at St Martins School of Art and Ateliers, Arnhem.[2]

In 2004 he won a Paul Hamlyn Award for the Visual Arts[3] and in 2005 he was Welsh artist-in-residence at the Venice Biennale.[4]

He was shortlisted for the Beck's Futures prize in 2006.[5] His work Walk a Mile in My Shoes was a rack of 41 pairs of size 13 shoes.[6]

In 2011 Williams won the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod of Wales for his mixed media sculptures and artworks, including carved wellington boots filled with straw.[7]

His 2011 Lionheart & Lightsout brass sculpture was installed in Swansea Kingsway by Locws international’s Art Across the City event.[8] The sculpture commemorates two Swansea cage fighter dressed in drag on a night out, who were assaulted. The subsequent fight was documented on CCTV and became an internet hit in 2009.[9]


  1. ^ Kim Dhillon, Bedwyr Williams, Frieze, April 2006.
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  3. ^, Thursday, 14 October, 2004, accessed April 7, 2008
  4. ^ Adrian Searle, Picture perfect, The Guardian, Nov 30, 2004.
  5. ^, accessed April 7, 2008
  6. ^ Oliver Duff, Beck's pushes boundaries with 'Bums Breakfast' and smelly shoes, The Independent, March 29, 2006.
  7. ^ "Bedwyr’s tribute to the farmer wins the Gold Medal for Art at the Eisteddfod", Wales Online, 1 August 2011, accessed 20 January 2011.
  8. ^, 20 March 2011, accessed 7 March 2016
  9. ^, 8 October 2009, accessed 7 March 2016

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