Brenda Chamberlain (artist)

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Brenda Chamberlain (1912–1971) was a Welsh artist and poet.

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Brenda Chamberlain on a boat transporting cattle, during a Pilgrimage to Bardsey Island in 1950

Born in Bangor, Wales, she studied art at the Royal Academy in London, but simultaneously developed an interest in poetry. Just before the Second World War, she moved in with artist John Petts, and together they set up the Caseg Press at their home. Chamberlain also produced prose works, including a novel and a memoir of life on Bardsey Island, where she lived from 1947.

Chamberlain won the first two Gold Medals awarded by the National Eisteddfod of Wales for Fine Art, in 1951 and 1953.[1]

In 1961 she went to live on a Greek island, but later returned to Wales.


  • The Green Heart (1958)
  • Tide-Race (1962)
  • The Water Castle (1964)
  • A Rope of Vines (1965)
  • Alun Lewis and the Making of the Caseg Broadsheets (1969)
  • Poems with Drawings (1969)


  • Brenda Chamberlain by Kate Holman


  1. Gold Medal for Fine Art, The National Eisteddfod of Wales. Retrieved 24 October 2014.

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