Northumbria Uni graduate named North East Young Sculptor winner, Cheeseburn Sculpture

  • North East, Stamfordham
  • visual arts
  • Matthew Jarratt


Bethan Williams’ winning proposal, ‘Beatrix and Her Friends on Tour’, invites Cheeseburn visitors of all ages to get involved.

Bethan Williams, 21, a Fine Art graduate from Northumbria University, has been revealed as the winner of the Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor Award (GDNEYS) 2019. Born in Cambridge, Bethan was attracted to Northumbria by its Fine Art degree offering, but also the city of Newcastle itself, as well as the people. Bethan will continue her study at Northumbria University following her graduation from the BA (Hons) Fine Art programme, to undertake a PGCE. Her ambition is to work with students from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them to connect with life through creative practice.

Bethan’s proposal, ‘Beatrix and Her Friends on Tour’, will consist of a variety of brightly painted wheeled boxes placed around Cheeseburn. The location of each box will change for each open weekend, encouraging visitors to engage in a scavenger hunt to find and interact with the installation. 

Through her interactive installation, Bethan hopes to encourage audience participation and to break down some of the perceived barriers surrounding contemporary art installations. By defying traditional rules, Bethan aims to create an experience that both children and adults can remember.