O S I  R H Y S   O S M O N D   A R T   P R I Z E   Est. 2019

In 2019 a prize was established in memory of Osi Rhys Osmond. This annual competition is run in conjunction with the Carmarthen School of Art where Osi had been a charismatic tutor and Head of Foundation studies between 1988 and 1996.


O S I  R H Y S   O S M O N D   A R T   P R I Z E 

The third Osi Rhys Osmond Art Prize was a truly wonderful success. An inspiring, joyful and poignant evening, brilliantly led by MC Luke Osmond, Osi’s younger son, on Friday July 1st at the Memorial Hall, Llansteffan. Heartfelt thanks to everyone involved, with extra special thanks to Huw and Dr Ann Iorwerth. Gratitude to Dr Chris John, this years Patron.

A stunning live music set was performed by Jobe and Olivia Bruzas (members of Osi’s family)

A book launch of Osi’s essays also took place. Ali Anwar presented ‘Cultural Alzheimer’s and other essays’ published by the H’mm Foundation. The book is now on sale at Oriel Osi for £12.

The winner of the ORO Art Prize this year is Chelsea Reilly for ‘My mind map, a neurological underpinning’ a hand paper-cut illustration. The prize was later presented to Chelsea by Hilary Rhys Osmond, Osi’s wife at Oriel Osi on 4th July. The entries by students of the Carmarthen School of Art will be exhibited in Oriel Osi on The Square, Llansteffan for the month of July. Link here to the catalogue ORO Art Prize 2022 Catalogue

Panel of judges : Luke Osmond, Julia Griffiths Jones

The theme chosen for the 2022 competition is “We talk, think, dream and stare” which is a line taken from a poem by Osi called “Correspondence”, reproduced below.

Correspondence by Osi Rhys Osmond

I cherish those unconsidered moments

When we find ourselves unaware

Between things

Times of completion or of waiting

Rising, dressing, gathering, resting

We pause in disregarded places

Posed in unexpected correspondence

Irregular, tangential

Sitting, lying, walking

Strangely unaligned for customary communicate

Then, unconsciously between each other

But as one

We talk, think, dream and stare

The world seems vacated

There is no beginning and no end

Time has vanished

There is only us

And we, are one.


Ar Awyr Le / My Brief Eternity, the 2021 competition theme was available to students submitting a drawing, painting or 3D object.

Hosted at Oriel Osi, Llansteffan on 4th July 2021…a joyful bijou celebration took place at the gallery where the works of the 6 shortlisted entries were exhibited for the month of July.

The winner this year was Siân Barlow from Pontyberem, who recently graduated from the college with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art. The prize was presented to Siân by Hilary Rhys Osmond at Oriel Osi in Llansteffan where the short listed works were exhibited.

Exhibitors included Siân Barlow, Angharad Caines, Valerie Beadle, Angela James, Carol Jones Hovey, Cerys Anne Williams.

The raffle prize, a high quality single edition framed print of a seascape watercolour painting by Osi was selected by this year’s patron Ann Oosthuizen.

Panel of judges : Luke Osmond, Julia Griffiths Jones, Paula Phillips Davies


The competition in 2019 was for a drawing or painting on the theme Y Filltir Sgwar / Your Own Patch, a subject dear to Osi’s heart.

Hosted at llansteffan Memorial Hall on 28th June 2019…The winner this year was Megan Anwen Scales. The prize was presented to Megan by Luke Osmond, Osi’s son. The 6 shortlisted artworks were then exhibited at Oriel Osi, Llansteffan for the month of July.

Fantastic evening for the inaugural Osi Rhys Osmond Art Prize 2019. Thanks to all that helped to make this happen, what a great exhibition and event. Congratulations to the winner Megan Anwen Scales.’

‘Noson wych ar gyfer Gwobr Gelf gyntaf Osi Rhys Osmond 2019. Diolch i bawb a helpodd i wneud i hyn ddigwydd, beth yw arddangosfa a digwyddiad gwych. Llongyfarchiadau mawr i’r enillydd Megan Anwen Scales.’

Panel of judges : Luke Osmond, Julia Griffiths Jones, Carol Gwizdak and Paula Phillips Davies