Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD graduate wins The Wakelin Award 2015


A University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) graduate, Alexander Duncan has won The Wakelin Award 2015, presented by the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.  

The Wakelin Award is given annually to a Welsh artist whose work is purchased by the gallery for their permanent collection. The Award is administered and supported by the Friends of the Glynn Vivian and funded by donations in memory of Richard and Rosemary Wakelin.

Alexander’s work will be exhibited at The Glynn Vivian Offsite Exhibition at the Grand Theatre, Swansea, and will run from the 5th of September to the 2nd of October.

Members of the public can join a conversation between this year’s award selector, Tim Davies, Professor of Fine Art at Swansea College of Art and Alexander on Thursday 1st October ay 5.30p, at the YMCA, Swansea.

Alexander studied BA Fine Art and graduated from UWTSD in Swansea in 2007. He 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.

Alexander was also recently 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.

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  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