Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Graduate Wins British Council International Young Artist Award

23.12.2014

A University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) graduate has been named the British Council Wales International Young Artist of 2014.

Amy EdwardsAmy Edwards, from Swansea, is a recent graduate of UWTSD Swansea, having completed her foundation diploma in art and design and the BA (Hons) Fine Art (Combined Media). Her award success follows that of photographer Andrew Morris, last year’s inaugural competition winner, who is also a graduate of UWTSD having studied his BA (Hons) Photography in the Arts.

Entries to this year’s award had to reflect, interpret or be inspired by the work of Dylan Thomas. The judges for the award were leading art experts: Karen MacKinnon, director of Artes Mundi; Welsh artist Marc Rees and Hannah Firth, the director of visual art at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.

Amy’s work reflected the words of Dylan’s poem ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’. Called ‘What a Wonderful World’, it was described by one of the judges as an image which ‘both seduces and unnerves’.
Amy was presented with her award by director of British Council Wales, Jenny Scott, at a presentation ceremony at Park House in Cardiff recently.

Describing the intriguing development of ‘What a Wonderful World’, Amy, who works with ‘disturbing’ subjects in found texts, video and images from the Internet said: “I took a photograph of an image sourced from the internet of a man hanging from a bridge in Mexico. This was appropriated from an extremely graphic and recreational website. Whilst stumbling upon the original image, I was not shocked, sickened or sad, but very intrigued. It made me think about the deceased human, which can now be viewed by anyone at a click of a button. However, in this piece, I had specifically chosen to censor it because, of course, it is far too upsetting to show the original image in real life.”

Marc Rees said: “The image both seduces and unnerves, and with the clever juxtaposition of one of Dylan Thomas's most famous poems ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’ it brings the subject and its content into sharp focus. We were impressed by its power and how it places Thomas’s words into a contemporary political context. Amy is a deserved winner and I am sure she will embrace the new and exciting opportunities that will emerge from this accolade.”

Jenny Scott said: “British Council Wales aims to take Welsh culture to the world and to encourage young people to gain international experience to help them develop personally and professionally. We know that Wales has a thriving arts scene and we want to see more Welsh creative talent on the international stage. We will be working with Amy to help her develop an international perspective for her work.”

Amy wins £500 and she will gain international experience with an insider’s trip to the Venice Biennale, where she will work with British Council Wales’s head of art.

The Wales International Young Artist Award is open to artists aged between seventeen and twenty-five who were born in Wales or are residents of the country.

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

Steven Stokes
Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer
07872 423788
steven.stokes@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk