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Arts in Action Artist in Residency Programme

Coordinated by UWTSD Swansea College of Art we deliver up to 20 Projects annually in Primary and Secondary Schools throughout the region. 2017 is the 18th anniversary of the scheme with over 230 Individual Projects delivered and approximately 6,600 Children Engaged to date!

What is Arts in Action?

‌Funded through the UWTSD Widening Access and Community Engagement Committee and the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership (SWWRWP), Arts in Action projects show children, their parents and their teachers the many different career paths in art and design and we hope that the projects will give encouragement to future generations of artists and designers to emerge from our villages, towns and cities.

The Arts in Action Artists

For the artists (all students studying Art & Design or Performing Arts at UWTSD) these projects are often the first time that they work within their discipline in the wider community. This enables them to both share their expertise within a supported framework with teachers and children and to gain confidence in sharing their ideas and working with other people rather than in isolation.

Through the various projects, teachers are given the opportunity to work alongside an artist, designer or performance group to develop a working knowledge in particular processes or mediums. This can advance the creative knowledge and expertise of their school, ultimately leading to a richer and more creative curriculum.

Teacher Quote

Over the years many new techniques have been introduced into our schools, enabling teachers to expand their knowledge base for future classes. Projects have included felt making, cyanotype photography, book illustration, pin hole cameras, site-specific fine art, theatre costume and design, photograms, printmaking, ceramics, stained glass, creative writing and performance art.

This wide variety of techniques introduces children to the diverse world of art & design and allows them to realise that every aspect of our human-created existence involves art & design through creative and critical thinking – from the clothes we wear to the cars we drive.

Arts in Action Collage

'Arts in Action' is unique as an arts residency scheme, as we mentor our artists and schools through every stage of the projects in order to maximise the experience for all participants, capture as much 'added value' from all the partners and ensure a positive and long lasting outcome to the projects.

Each year to celebrate achievements we hold an Arts in Action Exhibition at the Dynevor Centre for Art Design & Media

Arts in Action Exhibition

For further information on the UWTSD Swansea College of Art Arts in Action Residency Programme please contact: jenny.vobe@uwtsd.ac.uk

 P‌roject Portfolio