Phillip (Phil) Alder.

From 1975 have been active in South-West Wales as an artist and advocate for arts. Following a typical route from practing as an artist combined with lecturing,  museum and gallery work, through arts development to strategic management in culture and at the same time developing my painting.

Public Collections.

Carmarthenshire County Museum

Carmarthenshire County Council County Hall Collection

Arts Council of Wales (disaggregated collection)

National Library of Wales

Carmarthenshire College of Technology and Arts,  Faculty of  Science and  Computation

Pembrokeshire  Museum Service

Diocese of St. David’

Selected Exhibitions.

Proposed Exhibitions:

2021 Phil Alder. 'Retrospective at 70' Carmarthenshire Museums.

2020 Phil Alder 'Gardens and Cascades' - working title. Oriel Q, Narberth.

2019 Phillip Alder. '....I come to my garden....' Stiwdio 3, Cardigan

2019. Spring Exhibition. Queen St; Gallery, Neath.

Selected Previous Exhibitions:

2018 'I come to my garden....' Paintings by Phil Alder. King Street Carmarthen

2018. King Street Gallery, Carmarthen. 'Phil Alder in the spotlight - Four paintings about four gardens'

2018. 'off the wall Gallery', Cardiff. Summer Exhibition.

2015. Open Exhibitions at Oriel Q, Narberth, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea.

2011. Aberdare. Rhondda Cynon Taf Museums and Galleries. Phil Alder. 'Red Granite'

2009 – 2010.    King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Pembrokeshire Cultural Services. 'Full Circle – Cylch Cyflawn'. Phil Alder.

2007. Art Matters. Tenby.

2006. King Street Gallery, Carmarthen. ‘Edge Paintings', Phil Alder

1995. Kilkenny  Arts  Festival.  (Guest  Exhibitor)     

1994. White Room Gallery,  Harlech ‘Summer Exhibition’.  (Guest Artist)

1980, 1993. National Eisteddfod.

1991. National Library of Wales ‘Natur a Brogarwch / Nature and  Place' Phillip Alder.

1990. Swansea Arts Workshop. ‘Welsh Landscape’.

1990, Albany Gallery, Cardiff. Mixed Exhibition.

1989. Hereford City Museum and Art Gallery.  ‘Paintings of a Valley and Jack-in-the-Green' Phil Alder.

1989. Neville Gallery, Llanelli.Arhyd Cwmgwili' Phil Alder.

1982, 1989. Aberwystwyth Arts centre, Mid Wales Open.

1988.Haverfordwest   Library Gallery  ‘Hiving a Swarm'  Phillip Alder

1988.Oriel Henri Thomas, Dyfed College of Art  ‘Phillip Alder’.

1988.Wrexham  Arts Centre   ‘Myths and Monuments' Phillip Alder  and  Lorna Green.

1988. Glynn  Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea ,Llanover Hall Arts Centre. Cardiff. Jack- in- the- Green – Phil Alder’.

1983. Welsh Group / Arts Council Wales. ‘Wales 1983  Cymru’ 

1981. Phillip Alder, Paintings. Torch Theatre, Milford.

1978. Carmarthen Museum 'Phil Alder, Dave Crawford, Sally Moss'.

1977. Welsh Group / Arts Council Wales. 'Blue to 100'.

1977. West Wales Arts Association. ‘Phillip Alder. Work in Progress’.

1976. Hull Arts Centre. ‘Phillip Alder’.

1972, 1973, 1975. Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. 'Winter Exhibitions'.


Arts Council Wales. Research and Development 2010

West Wales Arts 1989

West Wales Arts 1977

Represented By.

Queen Street Gallery. Neath 2018 - present

White Court Art 2017 - present

off the wall, Cardiff 2015 - present

King Street Gallery. Carmarthen, 2006 – 2018. 2007 – 2010

West Wales Centre for Arts. Fishguard 1990 – 1995

Attic Gallery, Swansea, 1983 – 1995

Mumbles Gallery, Swansea. 1986 - 1991

Arts for Offices. London 1987 – 1989

Upper Street Gallery. Islington. 1974 – 1975

Published Essays.

Blog for King Street Gallery (Looking at Paintings - a series of 7 essays on ways of looking at paintings) 2017

Introduction ‘The Intricate Image’. Tony Evans  ( pub Llanelli Borough Council ) 1994

The Celtic Light of Pete Davis. Radical Wales  No; 22. 1989

Mary  Lloyd Jones. Link  No; 51 (pub  A.A.D.W). 1985

Graham Sutherland. Link No; 43  (pub  A.A.D.W). 1984

Pete Davis, Jonathen Owen.  Link No; 16  (pub  A.A.D.W). 1979

Various catalogue introductions for Dyfed County Council 1988 - 1996


James Neal.    Yorkshire Post. 1975

Roger Moss    Link No; 9  ( pub  A.A.D.W. ).  1977.

Ann Dorsett     'Spirit of Place'  (  supported  West Wales Arts. ).  1987.

Linda Guy       'Kaleidoscope of colour from a bee's eye perspective'. Carmarthen Journal January 1988.

Dr. Peter Jones and Isabel Hitchman. 'Post War to Post Modern, A Dictionary of Artists in Wales'. pub Gomer. 2015

Mark Rees      Art influenced by outdoors'. Carmarthen Journal / Llanelli Star March 2018.

Matt Pearce    Phil Alder Q&A. King Street Gallery on-line newsletter. March 2018.

Various press releases.


I saw (and see) working as a practicing artist and more generally in the arts as two sides of the same coin.

I have worked as a lecturer in Further and Higher Education. As a local authority arts development officer and County Arts Officer. As a gallery manager and as a local authority arts and theatres manager developing the services and infrastructure including a £20+m capital development and managing 50+ staff.

Public Life.

Trustee and Deputy Chair. Tywi Gateway (Garden) Trust. 2017 - Present

Procedure and Senior External Examiner, UW Trinity St David,  2013 - 2017

Faculty Board Performance, Trinity St David.   2008 - 2010.

Faculty Board Arts and Social Sciences University Wales, Trinity St David. 2010-2013

King Street Gallery, Artists Co-operative. Chairman - Director - Member.  2006 - 2018.

Responsible to Trustees Oriel Myrddin Trust. 1996 - 2013

Elected Representative National Executive Artists and Designers of Wales (managed artist studios) 1981 -1985.

Qualified Swimming Coach and Management Performance Coach.

Commisioned Public Arts as officer and campaigner including works by: Tessa Hunkin, Amber Hiscott, Catrin Jones.

Art Related Education.

Open University. Bachelor of Arts.  (Humanities) History and Art History.   1988 - 1992. (extended essay on Graham Sutherland).

Hull College of Education. Certificate in Education. Economics and Fine and Applied Art. 1970 - 1973.

Visited studios St. Ives. Met with W Barns Graham. 1972

Member of the Hull 'arts scene' - artists, poets, dancers. Took interest in British 'inner imagists'. Critical sessions with Mike Chilton. 1972 - 1975