Press Releases 2014-2015

Art Group Host Creative Workshop in Swansea

27.04.2015

A contemporary art group, created by graduates from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, are hosting their monthly public access event in Swansea this weekend.

Guest Artist Laura

The artist led group, ‘15 Hundred Lives’, is managed by artists Sylvie Evans, Rose Davies and Graham Parker and aims to show accessible, contemporary visual art right in the heart of the City and County of Swansea.

On Friday 24th and Saturday 25th of April, Swansea city centre shoppers can get creative with the ‘15 Hundred Lives’ artists at the Creative Bubble artspace on Cradock Street.

The art group who are committed to bringing contemporary art to the city centre by  involving the public wherever and whenever possible run a monthly public access event at the Creative Bubble artspace, taking over the building for two days and working with guest artists to give the public a chance to see how art is made.

This month’s event, entitled Fashion Statement, is one of the group’s many creative and quirky happenings over the city centre this year. It features Carmarthen born Laura Niehorster as a guest artist.

Laura, who moved to Swansea as a young child, said:

“The central themes to my work are people and their stories. Learning about the lives and journeys of people who I meet every day, people who have participated in social changes or been part of social movements are my main artistic inspiration. I am a strong advocator for the use of emotions in art; my work is an investigation of the emotional connections which people feel with each other and why these emotions are vital for the strength of humanity.

"Although I remember being influenced as a child by Swansea's art scene and culture, I didn't fully appreciate the stunning natural beauty of the landscapes of the Gower beaches and the Brecon Beacons until I left Swansea to go to university. They’re so important to me now.”

During her Fashion Design degree at the University for Creative Arts (UCA), Rochester, Laura was thrown into the exciting and competitive world of fashion.

Having left university she is now working hard to establish herself as a fine artist. She is looking out for craft organisations, artists and Fairtrade fashion companies in South East Asia to work with over the next year.

Her most recent fashion collection was inspired by changes to rural communities when the industrial revolution arrived in Wales and Laura was very much aware that whilst the mining industry brought jobs and an economic boost to rural communities in Wales, it brought with it terrible injury, health problems and poverty when the mines closed down.

Laura continued: "It was very moving to research the collection at local museums such as Big Pit in Blaenavon where I was able to use archive photos and speak to local people about their experiences of living in Blaenavon and working as miners. I worked with authentic traditional fabrics donated by one of the last surviving Welsh mills, Melin Teifi to creating a collection reflecting both the positive and negative changes experienced by these mining villages. The thing that moved me most though was the strength of the people and communities that pulled together to survive and the generosity, courage and humility of the people who lived during that time.”

Graham Parker, co-founder of ‘15 Hundred Lives’ said:

"Swansea has such a wealth of creative and artist talent and it's great to be able to showcase the work of emerging artists like Laura. Our events at Creative BubbIe show what goes into making a work of art and gives the public the chance to come in to have a chat with the artists or have a go themselves if they wish.”

Fashion Statement is open to the public, free of charge, at Creative Bubble, 13 Cradock Street, Friday 24 April and Saturday 25 April from 12:30pm to 5:00pm

Note to Editor

1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University

 2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University

 3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014

 

Further Information

For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk