Dylan Thomas Student and Schools Awards

Central to the University’s celebration of the centenary of Dylan’s birth, we are delighted to announce the inaugural UWTSD Dylan Thomas Awards Dylan Thomascelebrating excellence within the arts at a local, national and international level.

The new transformed University has a unique relationship with Wales’ greatest English language poet both in the geographical location of its campuses – in Carmarthen, Ceredigion and Swansea – but also in its commitment to the creative and performing arts. The University’s celebrations will encompass a wide range of events using the poetry, plays and life of Dylan Thomas as a catalyst for new artistic and cultural work at home and abroad.

Locally Rooted: Globally Connected

Shortly before his death in 1953, Dylan made a final broadcast in New York, reading his prose entitled Laugharne. A lengthy detailed description of the small seaside town ends with the phrase:

“ … here we just are, and there is nowhere like it anywhere at all”

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Dylan Thomas Awards 2014 will focus on this short statement as creative catalyst for new work celebrating national, cultural, geographical and personal identity.

The Dylan Thomas Student Art & Design Award

In celebration of bringing together, as part of the new transformed University, the two oldest Art Schools in Wales into the Faculty of Art and Design; an award specifically for students and University alumni from the founding institutions has been created.

Submissions are welcomed in all media/disciplines including Photography, Fine Art, Surface Pattern, Theatre, Illustration, Graphic Design, Theatre, Puppetry etc..

The submission, however, must be digital, i.e. an JPG image file @ 300dpi, under 3mb, or a movie file, Quicktime under 20mb.

A shortlist will be chosen by a carefully selected panel for a virtual exhibition hosted on the University’s website. A mechanism will be established to enable a public vote and in July 2014 a winner will be identified and announced at the opening of the Dylan Thomas International Glass Exhibition at Swansea’s Waterfront Museum. The winning student artist will receive an award of £200 and the artwork will be exhibited at the Dylan Thomas Centre for the following year.

There is a January deadline for final submissions, however you may wish to hold an interim deadline, within your respective departments, pre Christmas break, to offer a critique on initial ideas.

The Dylan Thomas Young Playwriting Award

During the week of May 26th 2014, the School of Performing Arts in Carmarthen will be performing a site-specific piece of theatre based around Dylan Thomas at the Tin Shed Museum in Laugharne. To coincide with that performance, “script in hand” performances will also be given of two new short plays, one in English and one in Welsh.

Using the line “ … here we just are, and there is nowhere like it anywhere at all” as a creative brief, young playwrights are invited to submit short plays no longer than 30 minutes in length. During May these plays will be given a reading by staff and students from the School with a view to selecting one in each language to be rehearsed and performed at the Tin Shed Museum in Laugharne. Extracts from each play will also be performed at the Dylan Thomas Centre with a £150 award being presented by the new Faculty of Performance to each of the winning playwrights.

Please send submissions and any queries to m.george@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk or alternatively in hard copy to the address below no later than Monday 5th May 2014. Please ensure that each entrant includes their name, address and a current contact number.

The Dylan Thomas Schools Award for Musical Composition

Using one of Dylan’s stories, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, as inspiration; young composers will be invited to submit a piece of music for solo violin and piano. The competition is open to anyone in full-time education and under the age of nineteen. The composition should last between two and five minutes and should not already have been publicly performed. A premier of the work will be given at the Vice-Chancellor’s Christmas Concert in December 2013 by the Leader of the British Sinfonietta. A shortlist will be drawn up of a maximum of eight pieces and all entries will be invited to participate in a workshop on the Friday before the concert. A £150 award will be presented by the new Faculty of Performance to the winning composer.