Winners of the 2019 Tabernacle Art Competition


The first prize was awarded to Wendy Murphy. The second prize, donated by the Friends of The Tabernacle, went to Natalie Chapman; and the third to Ruth Jen Evans.

The ages 11 and Under Prize was won by Rowan Bedworth (Age 7).
The ages 12-17 Prize was won by Swyn Hughes (Age 17).

Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite paintings (Adult and Under 18) and the artists with the highest number of votes will be presented with the Ailsa Owen Memorial Prize on Saturday 24th August at 12 noon during the Machynlleth Festival. At the same time the title of the 2020 Tabernacle Art Competition will be announced.


Wendy Murphy

‘Cofio’ (Remember)
Oil on Board

Wendy was born in Kent in 1956, in her late twenties Wendy had a complete career change from working as a typesetter in London. She studied Graphic Design for two years at Canterbury College of Art, then went on to Brighton Art College where she graduated with a BA(Hons) degree in illustration in 1990. In the same year she moved to Gwynedd where she works as a professional painter and part-time lecturer in fine art and life drawing at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor.

She has won several prestigious awards for her painting – including having been twice first prize British National Winner in the John Laing Landscape painting competition. Wendy has been runner-up in the Sunday Times watercolour competition and in 2004 won first prize in ‘The Spirit of Llyn’ competition.


Natalie Chapman

She’s a Crazy Old Bird

Natalie is a painter working in Ceredigion. She is the Granddaughter of the artist George Chapman. Emily attended Aberaeron comprehensive school and Coleg Ceredigion, before gaining a first class honours degree in fine art at Coleg Sir Gar in Carmarthen. Five years ago Natalie opened her own business, picture framing and running art classes with a studio for her to paint and a small gallery in the market town of Aberaeron.


Ruth Jên Evans

‘Hela’r Dryw’ (Hunting the Wren)

Ruth was born in Aberystwyth in 1964 and raised in the nearby village of Cefnllwyd. Ruth studied at both Carmarthen and Cardiff College of Art where she gained a degree in fine art, specialising in printmaking. Ruth went on to graduate with a master’s degree in fine art from the Aberystwyth University School of Art. Although printing is Ruth’s main activity, she has expanded her skills to include design, illustration, murals and part-time teaching.


Rowan Bedworth Age 7

Red Bandits of Mawddwy


Swyn Hughes Age 17

‘Tai Blaenau’

AILSA OWEN PRIZE (Public’s choice)

Steven Allan Griffiths

Chronicles of History

AILSA OWEN PRIZE UNDER 18 (Public’s choice)

Ifor Christie Age 17

Submerged Forest at Borth
Oil on Canvas