ELERI MILLS – Winner of the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize 2021
Eleri Mills was born in Mid Wales in 1955, She completed a BA Hons in Art and Design at Manchester Polytechnic from 1974-1977. In the late 1970’s, Eleri worked from a studio in Manchester, and from 1988, she returned to live and work in rural Mid Wales. In 2010 she won the Arts Council of Wales’ Creative Wales Ambassador award followed by a three month residency in New York at Columbia University and a showing at SOFA NYC (the international art fair for Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art) at Park Avenue Armory. Other residencies include Ruthin Craft Centre and Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi in 2016. Her work is featured in national collections which include the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Eleri is an elected Member of the Royal Cambrian Academy and has been represented by Thackeray Gallery since 2000
Solo Exhibitions from 1995 – present include:Museu Textil i d’Indumentaria, Barcelona (Wales in Catalonia Festival) & UK tour; The Tabernacle, Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, Wales; Galeri Betws y Coed, Wales; National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff; Macy Art Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York; Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff; Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales; Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales; Twenty Twenty Gallery, Ludlow; Thackeray Gallery, London
Group Exhibitions:Eleri Mills has exhibited extensively in many mixed exhibitions around the world, to include: New York, Poland, France, Budapest, Madrid, Japan, Chicago, London and her native Wales
Public and Corporate Collections:
Contemporary Art Society for Wales; National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh; MOMA Wales/Cymru, Collection, Machynlleth; National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; Contemporary Art Society for Wales (etching commissioned for Year of the Artist portfolio 2000); Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester; National Farmers Union Mutual and Avon Insurance, Headquarters, Stratford upon Avon; Embroiderers Guild Collection, Hampton Court Palace
Awards & Prizes:
1987 Gold Medal for Craft, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Porthmadog; 1999, Award for most outstanding exhibit, “Art of the Stitch” exhibition, Barbican, London; 2008, Winner of the Painting Prize and Runner-up for Welsh Artist of the Year Award, St David’s Hall, Cardiff; 2010/11, Winner of the Creative Wales Ambassador Award. Arts Council of Wales, Winner of the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize 2021
“… Eleri Mills stands alone as poet painter. Eleri records her love of her native land and she records it with great sensitivity and talent: for she is a superb draughtsman and this is at the heart of all that she does. In her art Eleri Mills has a voice which is seldom heard, for it is a tender voice and far removed from the cacophony of the art world today”
Sir Kyffin Williams RA
“Of all the Welsh artists working today, Eleri Mills exhibits the strongest sense of art historical continuity in her choice of imagery. Nevertheless, the manner in which she interprets that imagery is entirely her own, and her meanings are for the present.”
Peter Lord 2010 Author of The Visual Culture of Wales: Imaging the Nation.