UWTSD appoint Brit Pop Artist Sir Peter Blake as a Professor of Practice


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to announce that British pop artist Sir Peter Blake has been appointed as a Professor of Practice at UWTSD's Swansea Collge of Art.

Sir Peter Blake's contribution to British Pop Art is unparalleled: he is particularly well known for his use of collages and assemblages. His work is inspired by his love affair with icons and the ephemera of popular contemporary culture, including posters of film and music stars, badges, photographs, advertising and postcards. He has worked with famous bands and rock stars, producing seminal cover art for music albums including The Beatles, Paul Weller, Band Aid and The Who. He continues to work prolifically from his studio in west London, maintaining his reputation and popularity

The title of ‘Professor of Practice’ is bestowed upon an individual to honour and recognise that person for having attained academic and/or professional distinction in those disciplines which are aligned with the strategic intentions of the university. 

UWTSD’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Medwin Hughes, DL said: “I’m delighted to appoint Sir Peter as a Professor of Practice at the University, Sir Peter joins a number of exceptional individuals who are working with the university to bring their unique and professional expertise to benefit our students.  The role of Professors of Practice is relatively new to the University and allows us to work with partners with specific expertise related to our strategic aims who sometimes do not come through the traditional academic route. Through their involvement in our provision we can enhance the access to a range of defined skills to support academic delivery and build upon our rapidly improving reputation for delivering graduate skills in the context of employability, sustainability and work-related education and training.”


The appointment was bestowed during an evening, hosted by UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art and arranged by the Friends of Glynn Vivian, the artist's work at the Alex. Taking the audience from the Royal College to his latest works on Joseph Cornell, Sir Peter’s friend of 30 years Jeff Towns, and Swansea-born writer Jude Rogers talked to the artist about his love of Dylan Thomas, Wales and other subjects.

Jude Rogers studied English Literature at university, where her love of Dylan Thomas budded and bloomed. She has been a Guardian and Observer arts journalist for fifteen years, interviewing musicians, writers and artists. Recent interviews include; Chrissie Hynde, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Courtenay and Roisin Murphy, the Mercury Prize dissected, Madonna's singles ranked and album and live reviews in the Observer New Review and The Guardian.

Jeff Towns is one of the world’s leading Dylan Thomas experts.  For the past 40 years, a serious Antiquarian Bookseller working out of his bookstore in Salubrious Passage Swansea, but regularly taking his books to Book Fairs the length and breadth of the UK and across the USA. Now he is semi-retired, working from his converted ex-Mobile Library Van, which he takes to Festivals, up market Markets and Literary Events around Wales with occasional forays across the bridge. He has also written half a dozen books about writers sur-named THOMAS, and been involved in a number of Television Documentaries.

Caroline Thraves Head of the School of Fine and Media Arts at UWTSD Swansea College of Arts said: “We are delighted that Sir Peter was able to join us at Swansea College of Art, to talk about his work and to receive an Honorary Professorship. He is truly an exceptional artist and has inspired generations of young artists.”

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