Hero of the Day
Hero of the Day
'I must have been 12 or 13 years old and my art teacher Margaret Thomas at Neath Grammar School entered me for the National Eisteddfod of Wales – I ended up winning the gold medal… I was completely ecstatic… If it wasn’t for that early encouragement I would never have pursued a career in art.’

Britain's highest-paid living artist - and also the official artist of Interpol - was born in Port Talbot in 1938.
Heroes and heroines of the arts, music, stage and screen

Did you know that Britain’s highest-paid living artist, Andrew Vicari, is a Valleys’ boy from Port Talbot? Or that Laura Ashley, that iconic designer of floral frocks and furnishings, was born in Merthyr Tydfil?  From Tom Jones and Katherine Jenkins to Richard Burton and Michael Sheen, there are so many distinctive Valleys’ voices who have stayed true to their roots. Through their success, and their pride in their birthplace, they have put the Valleys on the world map.

Here we celebrate these men and women whose artistic, literary, musical and dramatic talents have entertained and inspired people around the world.

Arts, Stage & Screen