Press Releases 2014-2015

Fine Art and Design Students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David hold an exhibition in London


Six MA Fine Art and Design students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) recently showcased their work at the RK Burt art gallery in London.

Located in the Southwark area of the city, a stone’s throw from the Tate Modern, the students from the Carmarthen campus - Meinir Mathias, Hywel Edwards, Sara Rhoslyn Moore, Leanne Vaughan Phillips, Fiona Latus and Alice Cunningham – were given the daunting yet exciting task of organising an exhibition and promoting it to a brand new audience.

Under the name MAde in Carmarthen, this group of postgraduate students have exhibited their work throughout Wales but this was the first time for them to exhibit in London.

Responsible for all aspects of the exhibition, students had to organise every detail - from curating to hanging and installing their pieces; and from marketing to staffing the event.

"The exhibition we organised in London in September was a brilliant experience for us,” says Meinir Mathias, one of the MA students involved with the project.

"It was a great way to prepare us for our life after University. It gave us confidence as artists as well as allowing us to network and to reach new audiences,” she continues.

Senior Fine Art lecturer at UWTSD, Iwan Bala, agrees with the importance of providing opportunities for students to gain experience in organising exhibitions and events as part of a postgraduate course.  "It is essential that MA students have this experience and are able to effectively promote their work," he says. "Enterprise is a key part of their course - giving students the opportunity to arrange their own exhibitions and promote their own work is such an important part of their MA.

"It is also crucial that students have the opportunity to work together as artists, to create things as a collective," continues Iwan.  "We are very fortunate that we have the studio spaces on the Carmarthen campus that enable students to work collaboratively and to create works as a group."

This is an aspect of the course that is also important to Meinir. "The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has very good facilities and the studio space available to us is great."

She goes on to praise her lecturers too. "To have leading Welsh artists as tutors is also fantastic - they understand our work, they understand the background to the themes we often choose.  I often refer to identity, Welshness, culture and mythology in my work and to have eminent tutors such as Iwan Bala, Bryan Thomas and Peter Finnemore - people who understand my references – is so important.”

For more information about the Art and Design courses offered by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, go to or call 0300 500 1822.

Note to Editor

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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