Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Graduate Selected to Represent UK at International Arts Festival


Alexander Duncan, myfyriwr graddedig o PCYDDS a’i osodiad cerfluniol CoveUniversity of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) graduate Alexander Duncan has been selected to represent UK Young Artists at the Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennale in Milan, from 22-25 October 2015.

UK Young Artists showcases young creative practitioners aged 18-30 whose work spans all creative disciplines, from visual arts to music, performance, and literature, through national festivals every two years in Derby, Nottingham, and Leicester. Alexander and 14 other artists were selected following their participation in the UK Young Artists Leicester Festival 2014 because their work was deemed to be particularly outstanding.

Alexander graduated from UWTSD in Swansea with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2007, and went on to achieve an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in 2015. Working primarily in sculpture, photography, sought objects, video, and drawing, he is inspired by the natural world and how it is impacted by human development and industrialisation. At the Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennale he will be exhibiting his sculptural installation Cove, which consists of over 10,000 pieces of polyurethane and polystyrene foam collected from the beaches of

Alexander said: “I am so delighted to have been selected to take my work to Milan. It’s so vital for artistic development to have a wide range of perspectives on your work, so the chance to discuss my practice with artists from all over Europe excites me greatly. Since exhibiting ‘Cove’ at UK Young Artists Festival last year, the work has been selected for Whitechapel Gallery’s London Open, and now for BJCEM in Milan. I’m looking forward to checking out the other work at the exhibitions, as well as building networks and presenting my work to curators.”

The artists were selected by a panel of UK Young Artists Ambassadors, all award-winning and internationally-recognised creative practitioners in their own right. Mandy Barker is an internationally-published photographer who has achieved The Royal Photographic Society’s Environmental Bursary (2012), the LensCulture Earth Award (2015), and multiple nominations for the Prix Pictet. Marcus Coates is a contemporary artist who has been awarded the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists (2008) and the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize (2009), and was shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth commission in 2013. Anna Williams is a dancer and choreographer who has been awarded the Prix Individuel (ADAMI) performance award (1996) and nominated for a South Bank Show award. Tom Roden is one half of comedy, dance, and theatre company New Art Club, which has toured internationally, been a Place Prize finalist (2004), and won the Edinburgh Spotlight Best Comedy Award (2010), and is currently an Associate Artist at Cambridge Junction and Curve Theatre in Leicester.

Rob Brannen, chair of the board for UK Young Artists, explains why opportunities to exhibit before international audiences are so important: “Building a career as an independent artist can be challenging at first. UK Young Artists supports young creatives at a crucial time in their career to establish contacts and exhibit their work professionally. By participating in Mediterrenea 17, the young artists are able to do this on an international scale. The cross-cultural dialogues and creative exchanges they experience in Milan will help to develop and shape their artistic practices and provide them with valuable international recognition for their work.”

The presence of UK Young Artists at the Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennale will be supported by funding from Arts Council England (ACE). In June 2015, UK Young Artists received £200,000 of ACE funding to support an expanded and enhanced programme of activity. This will include its attendance at the BJCEM Biennales both in October 2015 and again in 2017 with a new group of artists, who will be selected from the participants in the UK Young Artists Derby Festival 2016.

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