The Foundation


Based at the Welfare Hall in Ystradgynlais, the Foundation was established in 2002 and houses a collection of Josef Herman original drawings, paintings and prints.

Ystradgynlais provided a welcoming and inspiring home for Herman, a refugee who had spent six unsettled years moving across Europe. The special connection between the artist and the town continues today through the work of the Foundation.


The Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru is dedicated to promoting an appreciation of the life and work of the Polish artist, Josef Herman and in his name fostering a wider participation in the arts and an awareness of human rights. This is done through our annual schools project, exhibitions, events, lectures, community engagement and support for an annual prize at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.


Chair – Elinor Gilbey

Vice Chair – Betty Rae Watkins

Treasurer – Peter Bryan

Company Secretary – Jackie Hankins

Carole Hopkin

Mary Pearce

Gwenllian Beynon

Catrin Saran James

Wayne Jones

Annette Williams

Margaret Prosser


David Herman

The Rt Rev. Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth

The Rt Hon. the Lord John Thomas of Cwmgiedd

Lady Thomas of Cwmgiedd

Michael Sheen

Mair Francis

Ed Thomas