The Evelyn Williams Trust

The Trust The Trust was founded in 1991 and its primary objective is to promote the Arts.

The Trust was modestly endowed by Evelyn Williams and her husband and has received support from individuals. Since its inception, it has financed year-long Fellowships in art schools to enable artist residences and later, in conjunction with Wimbledon Art School to pay fees for Drawing MAs.

The Trustees are responsible for the care of all works by Evelyn Williams, which were willed to them on her death.

The Trustees

David Alston – Arts Director, The Arts Council of Wales
Esmond Bridgeman – MegaScroll Ltd
Imogen Brown – Retired
Robin Bynoe (Chair) – Solicitor, M Law LLP
Juliet Moller – Milne and Moller
Nicholas Usherwood – Curator, author and Features Editor, Galleries Magazine.


“I like the idea that any money that comes out of my Estate will help some other artist when I am no longer around.” – Evelyn Williams

The Trust was set up in 1991 when Evelyn Williams was in her mid-sixties. Initially, the focus was on the discipline of drawing, particularly through the encouragement of young and emerging artists. “At that time there was, as far as I could see, no drawing going on in art schools,” said Evelyn. “By drawing, I don’t mean just drawing from the model, I mean making plans for what you’re going to do. It’s a process of thinking; it starts in your head and it comes out in your hands, in whatever medium you happen to be using. It is fundamental to all good art.”


Between 1994 and 2004, seven year-long Evelyn Williams Drawing Fellowships were set up, each at a different provincial art college in England. The original purpose was to support and encourage the discipline of drawing within higher education which, during the mid-1990s, was perceived to have become an embattled medium; a concern which the Evelyn Williams Trust shared with the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation. The Fellowships were awarded to emerging artists, usually in their late 20s, who were in the process of establishing themselves professionally and who would benefit from a period of time working on their practice, and encouraging the act of drawing within the supportive and stimulating environment of an art college.

Helen Ireland – Winchester School of Art, 1994 -1995
Kim Merrington – Liverpool John Moores University,?School of Art, 1996 - 1997
Peter Fillingham – Norwich School of Art, 1997 - 1998
Paul Housley – University of Northumbria, Newcastle, 1998 - 1999
Dilip Sur – Cheltenham & Gloucester, School of Art, 1999 - 2000
Yvonne Buchheim – School of Art & Design, University of Derby, 2000 - 2001
Anne-Marie Creamer – Faculty of Art, University of the West of England Bristol, 2003 – 2004

The Evelyn Williams Drawing Award

The Evelyn Williams Drawing Award valued at £10,000 is now awarded on a biennial basis to an artist selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (now the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize) to support the development and realisation of new drawings for a solo exhibition by an individual artist who already has a significant track record. The award will result in an exhibition after a minimum of a twelve-month period to develop new work. The award was first made at the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 exhibition. All eligible artists were invited to submit a proposal that was reviewed by a selection committee including a Trustee of the Evelyn Williams Trust and the Director of the Drawing Prize Professor. Anta Taylor From Bath Spa University.

The Judges of the Award were Dr David Dibosa, writer, researcher and Reader in Museology at the University of the Arts London, Helen Legg, Director of Spike Island and Michael Simpson, working with Nicholas Usherwood from the Evelyn Williams Trust.

The first artist selected for the Evelyn Williams Drawing Award was Barbara Walker

Barbara Walker’s resultant exhibition Vanishing Point is on view at the Jerwood Gallery October 19th- January 6th 2019

Evelyn William’s Trustee David Alston writes about the Exhibition here