Press Releases 2017

UWTSD artist helps celebrate school mural creation

23.06.2017

UWTSD artist and Senior Lecturer, Gwenllian Beynon, has this week met up with Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryntawe pupils to help celebrate the creation of a new mural in the school’s hall. 

Ysgol Bryntawe Mural 1

Over the Easter holidays pupils from the school, with the creative and practical support of Gwenllian Beynon, spent their time painting the mural in time for the new summer term.  The main objective of the project, funded by the Arts Council of Wales, was to give local youngsters the responsibility of developing a brand new mural for the school that is relevant to their culture, ideas and local area.

Welsh artist, Swci Delic, was tasked with creating the original plan, which formed the foundation idea for aspects of the final mural.  Her brief was to create plans for a mural which celebrates Wales and Swansea’s unique culture and included the work of local poet Daniel James, who is well known for writing the words to popular hymn, Calon Lan.    

Gwenllian Beynon, Art and Design Senior Lecturer said:

It’s been a privilege to be a part of this project and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with these very talented youngsters.  It was great to be able to meet up with them this week and have a proper chat about the mural and the project. We were so busy over the Easter holidays trying to finish the work we didn’t really have an opportunity to talk in detail about our end product. 

This is an excellent project which has given the pupils an opportunity to come together and be creative.  I’d like to thank the Arts Council of Wales and Ysgol Bryntawe for allowing me to be a part of this fantastic project and huge thanks must also go to Swci Delic who provided creative inspiration for the pupils.”

Ysgol Bryntawe Mural 2

Menter Iaith Abertawe, who secured the funding from the Arts Council of Wales, was eager to see a mural produced to celebrate the Welsh Language as well as Swansea’s unique culture. Eleri Griffiths, Welsh Development Officer at Menter Iaith Abertawe said:

“The purpose of this project was to give young people in the area an opportunity to celebrate their Welsh culture in a different but creative way.  We therefore decided to put forward a proposal to the Arts Council of Wales to create a mural to celebrate everything Welsh here in Swansea.  Ysgol Bryntawe was selected as the location for the mural as the school contributes so much within the local community and the pupils here are very enthusiastic.  We’re very pleased with how the project has progressed and I’d like to congratulate everybody involved.”

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryntawe Headteacher Simon Davies added:

“Very Colourful and very bright was my first response but I think the final piece of work is extremely striking and gives the school a nice feel.  It’s wonderful to see all the different links to the area - we have the Ospreys and the Swans represented and it’s great to see the various quotations from local poets.

This project gave the pupils an opportunity to develop their planning, collaborative and communication skills and they really have enjoyed being a part of the project and it’s certainly been a great experience for them.  I’d like to thank everybody that has supported us with the work and I hope that similar projects are extended to other schools.”

 

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk