Press Releases 2014-2015

Creative Wales Awards for Two UWTSD Artists


Fern ThomasTwo University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Swansea artists have won acolades as a part of the Creative Wales Awards for 2013/14.

A Creative Wales Ambassador Award has been given to surface pattern lecturer Julia Griffiths-Jones and a Creative Wales Award to fine art lecturer Fern Thomas.

The Creative Wales Ambassador Awards are made by nomination and recognise significant individual achievement in the arts along with the aim to raise the profile of Welsh culture outside of Wales. Awards of up to £25,000 enable artists to take time to experiment, innovate, and take forward their work. The awards aim to develop excellence by offering a period of research and development to some of Wales’ most interesting artists.

As part of her award, Julia plans to investigate new materials and explore new ways of working, developing her experimental wire work to create a room within a room - an installation of suspended objects which references Welsh and Eastern European textiles and culture.

Julia Giffiths JonesBeing Welsh, but also inspired by Eastern European Folk Art, Julia has developed a distinctive and striking artistic practice. The room within a room will reference this cultural lineage and explore the emotional heritage of folk objects, art and textiles.

Julia said: "I am delighted to have this opportunity to exhibit my work in Wales and Eastern Europe, and hope that I can inspire the students on the surface pattern design course, making them aware of these opportunities and the rewards they bring."

Heavily informed by her recent MA in Social Sculpture, Fern Thomas plans to use the Creative Wales Award to further her research and explore recent shifts in her practice.

On winning her Creative Wales Award, Fern said: “This award period will explore the role of the image in alternative forms and also question how artists in Wales can create a sustainable arts practice beyond the dependency on the gallery system.”

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 07872 423788 or email
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Senior PR and Communications Officer
07872 423788