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Artistic damp and dance win prize
Bedwyr Williams
Bedwyr Williams is one of six artists to receive 30,000 each
A Caernarfon-based artist has won 30,000 in one of the art world's most prestigious awards.

Bedwyr Williams was one of six established artists from a list of 82 chosen by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

It included a mural of damp patches, an installation about a day in the life of a porter who dances on his boss's desk, and a short film on ranting chefs.

It coincides with his solo exhibition at Chapter in Cardiff, Tyranny Of The Meek.

"I've known for about a month, but I've had to keep it a secret," said Mr Williams, who combines photography, video, writing and performance.

Mr Williams had to submit examples of his work over the past few years after being nominated.

"It was a mix of video, drawings, performance, and photography that I've created," he said.

"Unlike a lot of people who stick to one medium, if you have the ideas and the tools to express yourself, you're not limited."

One of Bedwyr Williams' pieces
Bedwyr Williams uses performance, video, photography and the written word

The award is spread over three years and previous winners have gone on to be nominated for the Turner prize shortlist.

But Kathryn Standing, of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said the award looked at potential of artists and to support their future work.

"Bedwyr's work has this extraordinary life to it and as well as making serious comment, it has humour.

"He uses everyday culture and his own experiences to create new meaning, while growing up and living in Wales is quite a key to his work."

From Bedwyr Williams' current exhibition
Bedwyr Williams' latest work is inspired by model railways and snooker

Mr Williams' latest work, commissioned by Chapter, is inspired by the time when as a 12-year-old he was a member of a model railway club, which shared space with a snooker club.

It is a clash of the baize and the ballast, a fantasy where model railways take over the snooker world.

"Both hobbies are miniaturised in a way," he explained, "I'm sure snooker developed from a bigger game.

"They each have a playing-God-type feel to them. The player or modeller towers over the small world, and tools and accessories are an important element of both interests."

Tyranny Of The Meek runs until 7 November at Chapter, Cardiff.

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