2020 Commission

The Award is delighted to announce that the Judges and representatives of the EFDSS have chosen Bethan Yates, an architectural glass artist who graduated from Swansea College of Art in 2019, as the winner of the 2020 Richard Seager Annual Arts Award commission.

Because of the difficulties faced by many arts and cultural organisations in the current situation, the English Folk Dance and Song Society has reluctantly decided that it needs to devote all its increasingly limited resources to maintaining its core activities in the folk arts, and they will be unable to proceed with this commission.

Bethan encapsulates everything the Award seeks to support – innovative ideas regarding the use of glass, a desire to learn and excel in her craft, and a willingness to work with both the Award and the beneficiary organisation to design and make something which is inspirational and relevant to its setting.

In view of the impact which Covid-19 is having on many cultural, community and medical organisations, the Award team is now focusing on identifying an organisation or community which has made a positive impact on the lives of people who have been adversely affected by the pandemic, and for whom the 2020 commission would be a fitting recognition of their work.