Unique collection of British art to visit City Art Centre

An exhibition of over 40 works by some of the greatest British artists of the 20th century is to be shown at the City Art Centre from 1 December.

The Derek Williams Trust Collection contains works by L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore, John Piper, Ceri Richards, and Ivon Hitchens among others and is currently on a limited tour of the UK.

The exhibition's the national tour is supported by the Derek Williams Trust and Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.

Derek Williams (1929-1984), a chartered surveyor who lived and worked in Cardiff, began to build his collection in the 1950s. His passion for modern British art attracted him to the work of John Piper and Ceri Richards, whose works make up the majority of his collection. These are supported with works by other major figures of mid-twentieth century British art such as Stanley Spencer, Victor Pasmore and Lucian Freud. The whole collection is on long-term loan to Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Culture & Sport Convener, said: "We are very pleased to bring such a fine collection of British art to the City Art Centre. The range and quality of the collection is testament to Derek Williams' skill as a private collector and it is fascinating to see it in the context of the City Art Centre's own collection of Scottish art."

The Curator of the Derek Williams Trust Collection, Melissa Munro, added: "During his life Derek Williams built an incredible collection of modern British art, which continues to be developed today by the Derek Williams Trust.  Both Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and the Derek Williams Trust are extremely pleased to be bringing this unique collection to Scotland and with it a greater awareness of the collection outside of Wales."

The Derek Williams Trust was established following the collector's death. The Trust is committed to the care, enhancement and public display of the Derek Williams' collection. In addition, the Trust provides generous support in furthering the acquisition of post-1900 works of art at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.

The exhibition is free and runs until 24 February.

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