UWTSD delegation attends ‘Art and Design - On the MAP’ festival


A delegation, including students and academic staff, from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art recently attended the second ‘Art and Design: On the MAP’ festival held in Aberystwyth. 

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The two-day arts and design festival, organised by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, UWTSD, Coleg Sir Gâr and Cardiff Metropolitan University, was an opportunity to bring together students studying Art and Design through the medium of Welsh. Students and staff from different campuses across Wales came together to share their work and experiences with fellow students, expert artists and designers. With the number of those studying Art and Design through the medium of Welsh increasing every year, it was also an opportunity to set up and create a new arts community and network.

During the event, students had an opportunity to hear about the careers of artists such as Elin Vaughan Crowley who is a prominent print and textile artist from Bro Ddyfi, Mid Wales. Raised on the family farm and currently running her own company as an artist Elin discussed the path that led her to where she is as a print and textile artist living in Wales today. Students were also introduced to Carwyn Lloyd Jones of Timber Design Wales near Aberystwyth who is a Master Carpenter at the Centre of Alternative Technology in Machynlleth and star of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces with his Llygad y Ddraig - eye of the Dragon tiny retreat. Carwyn specialises in designing and building small spaces like garden rooms, glamping pods and spectacular tiny houses. Carwyn gave a presentation on his innovative designs and creative processes.

The festival also included visits to the Arad Goch Centre where students met with the centre’s manager, Mari Rhian Owen. Mari discussed their work at Arad Goch and potential opportunities for young artists in the future. During their time at Arad Goch, the students had an opportunity to engage in a thought-provoking collaborative creative project led by UWTSD’s Gwenllian Beynon, Tomos Sparnon and Caitlin Littlejohns, Welsh artist mentors from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, Meinir Mathias from Coleg Sir Gâr and Huw Williams from Cardiff Metropolitan University. The group were also invited to a private viewing of the elaborate Andrew Logan exhibition currently on display at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. They were guided through the exhibitions by the centre’s Visual Arts Manager, Ffion Rhys. Finally, the artists were given an exclusive opportunity to visit the National Library of Wales' archives. Students were even given the opportunity to discuss various pieces with staff members and also visit the library's art archive which included original pieces by Kyffin Williams and Joseff Herman.

UWTSD Swansea College of Art lecturer, Gwenllian Beynon is delighted with the success of this year’s ‘Art and Design: On the MAP’. She said:

"Once again this was an excellent event and I’d like to thank the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for their support. This is the second year we have hosted this event and it just goes to show how beneficial opportunities such as this and through the medium of Welsh are for our students. It’s vital that young artists from across Wales have an opportunity to meet up and share their ideas but also meet with individuals who currently work within the Arts scene in Wales.

This event showed our students that there is a vibrant arts scene in Wales and I think they now realise how much potential there is to work in this field. Events like this are vital for our young people especially if they wish to pursue careers within any creative aspect in Wales."

Members of the new arts network, that was established during the festival, are currently in the process of planning a special exhibition Golwg Ar Gelf to be held at various locations which will feature the work produced at the ‘Art and Design - On the MAP’ festival.

Further Information

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