Swansea College of Art students design trophies for national award ceremony


Art and Design Foundation students at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, (UWTSD) Swansea College of Art, designed the Gwobrau’r Selar (Selar Award) trophies, under the direction of Gwenllian Beynon, the faculty’s Co-ordinator of Welsh: Art and Design. 

The awards took place on Friday night, February 20th in Aberystwyth.

Gwobrau’r Selar is a nationally recognised Welsh music award ceremony, organized by magazine 'Y Selar' supporting the contemporary Welsh music scene.

Following the success of last year’s trophies, designed by UWTSD Celf a Dylunio (Art and Design) students, Gwobrau’r Selar again this year selected UWTSD students to design and make the awards.

A number of part time Art and Design Foundation students worked on the trophy designs. The Awards were produced using the first rate facilities and the support of staff within the Swansea College of Art.

A number of designs were submitted by the students for selection, the winning design was produced by Jo Ellis.

Gwenllian Beynon said: “We were delighted to be able to work with Gwobrau’r Selar again this year. It was an amazing opportunity for the students last year and I was really happy to see the awards displayed at the National Eisteddfod. This was once again, a great opportunity for our students to work on real projects.”

Gwenllian Beynon has recently been appointed as the faculty’s Co-ordinator of Welsh: Art and Design (Cydlynydd Cymraeg: Celf a Dylunio) overseeing the development of Welsh medium provision within UWTSD’s Faculty of Art and Design. Gwenllian is a member of staff with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedalethol.

Tony Alexander, Art and Design Foundation student said: "Designing the awards has been a brilliant experience. We got stuck in to producing designs that were suitable for manufacturing at the UWTSD workshops straight away.  The whole experience was very interesting and instructive.  We hope that the winners will enjoy the results of our efforts."

The Cert HE Art and Design Foundation course provides the basis for the study of art and design. This makes it the preferred route into specialised study within higher education. The programme is predominantly visual and practical, with elements of written work, and develops students' understanding of concept, contexts and making.

The UWTSD Group had a wider partnership with the national awards ceremony with UWTSD’s School of Film and Digital Media sponsoring the video booth at the event and Coleg Ceredigion sponsoring the award for Best Instrumentalist, awarded to Gwilym Bowen Rhys.

“Coleg Ceredigion is proud to support this fantastic event that celebrates the best in Welsh music,” commented Rhys Huws from Coleg Ceredigion who presented the award. “This is the third year we’ve sponsored Gwobrau’r Selar, and it’s great for Ceredigion to be able to host one of the most important nights in the Welsh music scene calendar. We’re proud to be able to support a new generation of artists and help nurture our thriving music scene.”

Coleg Ceredigion is a subsidiary company of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and both partners were delighted to support the awards.

Owain Schiavone, Senior editor at Y Selar, said:

“We are very pleased to have Coleg Ceredigion sponsoring us again for the 'Best Instrumentalist’ award. The event is one that is of particular interest to young people, and as the awards have become established in Ceredigion, it's great to have a further education institution such as Coleg Ceredigion supporting us again which we appreciate immensely.

“We are also grateful to Art and Design students at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, for creating the trophies for the awards again this year. We were keen for the awards to be original artworks and have a sense of Welsh identity, and we knew that the task would be in safe hands with the students. The design of the awards this year are unique and original, and I'm sure the winners will treasure them.”

Coleg Ceredigion Principal, Jacqui Wetherburn, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be sponsoring the Y Selar awards which highlight the enormous talent we have in Wales.  The celebration of the Welsh language in music and song is central to our culture and heritage, and the importance of this award in continuing the tradition across a range of musical styles and providing a platform for young performers cannot be underestimated.”

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