UWTSD Swansea welcomes EU artists and makers for Craft Hub residencies


The Craft Hub project at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) will welcome visiting artists and makers from across Europe for a programme of maker residencies later this month. 

The Craft Hub project at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Swansea will welcome visiting artists and makers from across Europe for a programme of maker residencies later this month.

Over a period of two weeks, from Monday, March 21, 2022, UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art will play host to seven craft professionals, from countries including Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Norway. 

The visiting makers will work within the University’s specialist Design Crafts and Surface Pattern Design studios, using a range of traditional and cutting-edge facilities, supported by expert technicians and academics. 

Shelley Doolan, UWTSD Craft Hub project coordinator, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our staff and students to engage with high profile, international practising artists and makers.  As well as sharing technical knowledge and expertise, the residency provides valuable opportunities for our students to engage on topics including how to establish and sustain a thriving artistic practice. 

“Perhaps now, more so than ever, the additional value of creating links, bonds and sympathy with our European counterparts is particularly poignant and welcome.” 

Anna Lewis, UWTSD Swansea College of Art Design Crafts Team, said: “The academic and technical team at Design Crafts are excited to welcome a range of international makers to the department, where they can work alongside our degree students taking advantage of our amazing facilities in glass, ceramics and jewellery.  

“We love this exchange of ideas and skills, and the students will be so inspired to see how they might work." 

Craft Hub is a European project,  co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme, focused on Craft in the context of cultural heritage and its continuing relevance in contemporary practice. 

The project activities involve investigating and documenting craft skills and processes; their differing application in creative practice across Europe; and questions of cultural specificity and individual motivations of practitioners.  

This will be addressed through a comprehensive and exciting program to allow the creation of new craft work and experimental investigations into process and material supported by 42 transnational maker residencies, 305 workshops, the creation of a material library, one festival, seven exhibitions, and two conferences. 

We look forward to sharing the emerging outcomes of the residency and ways to get involved with the wider Craft Hub activities.  To find out more about Craft Hub and to get involved:   





For more information about Swansea College of Art’s Design Crafts programme visit https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/art-design/design-crafts/

Further Information

Bethan Evans 

Swyddog Prosiect ATiC, Marchnata a Chyfathrebu | ATiC Project Officer, Marketing and Communications 

Canolfan Arloesi Technolegau Cynorthwyol (CATC) | Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATiC) 

Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant | University of Wales Trinity Saint David 

Technium 1 | Technium 1 

Heol y Brenin | King’s Road 

Abertawe | Swansea 

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 Ebost bethan.evans@pcydds.ac.uk | Email bethan.evans@uwtsd.ac.uk