Fine Art Case Studies
We are fortunate to have links with established galleries throughout the UK and students have valuable professional experiences as part of their Professional Studies and Major/ External Liaison Project. Students have worked with Artes Mundi International Prize and at the Venice Biennale. In addition, students have arranged exhibitions of their work
at external venues in and around Swansea. All students exhibit throughout their course culminating in their final year degree show this kind of exposure often leads to exciting career possibilities.
Recent graduates from Fine Art have gone on to pursue a range of career options, including freelance artist, visual arts practice, arts administration, curators as well as developing artist-led initiatives.
Alexander Duncan grew up in Swansea where he studied on the Foundation Art and Design Course before completing his BA in Fine Art at Swansea College of Art in 2007.
On graduating, Alex collaborated with fellow UWTSD graduate Jonathan Anderson on several two-person shows including Real Estate at Elysium. In 2011 shortly before moving to London Alex had his ﬁrst solo show surge with Mission Gallery. Alex went on to study for an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art graduating in 2015, the same year he was selected for the London Open at the Whitechapel Gallery and was the recipient of the Wakelin Award by the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. In 2017 Alex had his ﬁrst international solo show Blow in at Aldama Fabre Gallery, Bilbao. He works between Swansea and London where he has his studio and codirects a project space ArtLacuna. “The teaching staff truly care for their students and manage to find each student’s individual strengths to progress their skill set.”
Since graduating I’ve had a wide range of experiences, the skills and knowledge I developed during my degree enabled me to work as Project Coordinator for public arts organisation Locws International, as well as the visual media and marketing officer for Volcano Theatre and later the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. It’s been an absolute pleasure to support international artists such as David Nash, Eddie Ladd and Bedwyr Williams. Amongst these roles I’ve continued my practice as a visual artist, exhibiting in galleries and public spaces while working as artist in residence in Wales, Belgium and Italy. I’m currently developing my curatorial practice, last year I worked with the Josef Herman Art Foundation and Swansea Museum to curate an exhibition of artefacts alongside Josef Herman’s artworks including the Miner’s panels originally commissioned for the Festival of Britain in 1951.
"I’ve been working at Chapter since 2012 and started right at the beginning of EXPERIMENTICA 2012:UNSEEN, our 5 day Performance and Live Art festival – there’s nothing like hitting the ground running. Since then it’s been non-stop, curating exhibitions as part of our ‘Art in the Bar’ programme, working on off-site projects such as Heather and Ivan Morrison’s ‘Love me or Leave me Alone’ in Cardiff Bay and most recently working as Project Manager for Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice, presenting 'James Richards: Music for the gift' with Curator Hannah Firth."