School of Art
Derek Williams: A Collector of Modern British Art
A loan exhibition from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales22 October – 30 November 2007
This exhibition includes major works from the Derek Williams Collection at the National Museum Wales including paintings by Josef Herman, L.S Lowry, John Piper, Ceri Richards, Stanley Spencer, Graham Sutherland and Keith Vaughan. The Derek Williams Collection is on long term loan to the museum but not part of its permanent holdings.
Derek Williams (1930–1980) was a chartered surveyor at his family practice based in Cardiff and Pontypridd. After his death his personal fortune and collection of art formed the basis of The Derek Williams Trust, an independent charity which works alongside the National Museum Wales.
Immediately following William's death David Dykes, then the Director of the Museum commented that 'these brief instructions to his Trustees by this very private and modest man, have resulted in a benefaction that is surpassed only by the bequests of French Art from Gwendoline and Margaret Davies. The sisters' collection transformed this museum. The benefaction of Derek Williams will do the same. He has given the resources to form a collection of modern art which will complement and equal in quality this earlier gift.'
Since that time the Trust's annual income has been used to make additions to the orginal collection, has provided funding for art commissions, research, the Welsh National Eisteddfod Purchasing Grant and the Artes Mundi Purchasing Grant. In addition it has assisted the National Museum to make significant purchases of contemporary art including works by David Hockney, Rachel Whiteread, Anthony Caro and Sean Scully.