University of Wales Trinity Saint David help to celebrate 'Our Abertawe'


University of Wales Trinity Saint David has been supporting a City & County of Swansea initiative called ‘Our Abertawe’. This is a response to the increase of reported hate crime in Swansea and aims to unite all the different communities that make up today’s Swansea.

A team of four second year Digital Film & Television Production students (Ben Wheeler, Alexander Jones, George Reynolds & James Colvin) have worked as paid interns with City & County of Swansea to make two short films to publicise the event. They have interviewed many community groups, organisations and key decision makers (including the leader of the Council) to collate different experiences of Swansea. These films will be shown on the big screen in Castle Square and shared on social media.

c o m m o n a l i tŷ opens in Creative Bubble 13 Cradock St on Tuesday 28th February at 6pm for a private viewing and then 11am-4pm Wednesday to Saturday. Curated by Photography students at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD, the exhibition uses photography, multi-media, poetry and installation to explore our city’s multi identities and consider what it means to be a resident of Swansea today. The work in this exhibition reflects on self-identity, hybrid cultures and the commonalities which unite us.

On Saturday 4th March the Creative Bubble team will be taking part in the City Centre celebrations with the Creative Bubble Busking Stage. Organised by a current MBA student, Leif Thobroe and two graduates Alan Waldron and Derek Palmer, the stage will run 11am – 5pm and includes a wide variety of acts from Welsh singers to African drums. This is in partnership with Welsh language festival AberDewi.

Creative Bubble is a UWTSD and Swansea BID initiative that encourages entrepreneurial thinking amongst students and impacts upon Swansea both economically and socially.

In a joint statement, Riaz Hassan, Regional Community Cohesion Coordinator and Paige Curtis, Community Cohesion and Support Officer said: “It has been a fantastic experience working with UWTSD students to make two short films for the ‘Our Abertawe’ initiative. It has allowed us to work with talented and emerging film-makers to create some impactful footage. The quality and professionalism of the students (and the films) has been impressive. City & County of Swansea values partnership working and hopes to work on similar projects in the future.”

Ben Wheeler is a 2nd year BA Digital Film & Television Production student who worked on the project. He said: "Working on the 'Our Abertawe' project has been a challenging experience that I believe has aided us tremendously in the field of commercial filmmaking. You can prepare yourself in the lectures, but when you're the person talking face to face with the client, that's when you truly learn how to complete the brief to the highest degree of success."

Lucy Beddall is Creative Bubble Project Officer for UWTSD. She said: “UWTSD is very much at the heart of Swansea and it has been superb for our students to be involved with the Our Abertawe initiative. Our students come from all over Wales, the UK and the World – this project has really allowed us to come together and celebrate Swansea. It has been a pleasure to support City & County of Swansea with this initiative and a valuable experience for our students.”

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