The Derek Williams Gallery - National Museum Cardiff
Many of the works on display in this gallery explore the theme of pop and abstraction and were purchased by the Derek Williams Trust.
Since 1992, the Derek Williams Trust has been working with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales to build its own collection, in addition to providing funding support to Museum purchases.
The range of artists and works collected by the Trust is diverse and wide ranging. An area currently being developed within the collection is the representation of contemporary painting.
Derek Williams (1929-1984) was born in Cardiff. After school, he joined his father’s chartered surveyor practice in Cardiff and Pontypridd, eventually becoming senior partner.
Derek Williams enjoyed many pursuits including opera, photography and golf. He began purchasing art in the late 1950s. He bought mainly from the Howard Roberts Gallery in Cardiff and the Marlborough Gallery in London. He gained immense satisfaction from building his collection and displaying it in his homes and in his business addresses in Cardiff.
He collected a large number of works by John Piper and Ceri Richards. These were also supported with works by major figures such as Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, David Jones, Ivon Hitchens and Josef Herman. Following the death of Derek Williams in 1984, his collection and the residue of his estate were left in trust.
The Derek Williams Trust undertakes the care, enhancement and public display of the collection. The Trust in turn lends the collection to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. The generous support of the Derek Williams Trust has also transformed the Museum’s collection of twentieth century art and parallels the great bequests of French Impressionist art made by Gwendoline and Margaret Davies a generation earlier.