Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Professor Brings Together the Best of Welsh Graduate Art


Internationally renowned artist and University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) academic, Professor Sue Williams, has curated a special exhibition of the best Welsh graduate artistic talent.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Graduate 2014’, showcases the work of thirty-six recent graduates from art institutions across Wales. It is currently on show in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, and will run until Sunday 16th November.

‘Shelter’ gan Vivian McCarthy. Un o’r gweithiau yn yr arddangosfa yng Nghanolfan Mileniwm Cymru.In the months leading up to the exhibition, Professor Williams selected what she considers to be the best work from each institution. The exhibition showcases not only the talent and creativity of the graduates in the country in which they have trained, but also highlights the personal insight, opinion and interpretation of the curator.

Professor Williams said: “I have had the pleasure of travelling across Wales, visiting the degree shows and being introduced to the work of students crossing all art forms. It is important that art students have free reign to experiment, discover and experience the challenges of creating, taking risks and pushing boundaries. The very nature of higher education in the arts is to challenge a student’s way of seeing and thinking and to enable them to find their individual voice. In the long term they hopefully learn to adapt to change and challenges.

“I feel that those I have chosen show a belief in using their creativity as a strong visual communicating tool. The selection process has been enjoyable and difficult at the same time, as my instinct has been to support all hard working and committed students. However, the final selection are the students that revealed a desire to explore process at the risk of failing, those who are taking risks within their work also reveal a vulnerability thus showing an integrity that will carry them forward.

“Wales has a thriving art scene, one that has great potential. Art education within Welsh universities is there to support this potential in as much as we need to encourage these creative minds to stay in Wales. It is important that Wales' future vision embraces the highly relevant need for art education, from infant to Higher Education and understand the important role it plays in supporting the very art scene that we all need and deserve within Wales.”

The exhibition coincides with the announcement of Sue Williams’ professorship at UWTSD following a hugely successful career to date. She was winner of the Fine Art Gold Medal at the National Eisteddfod (2000) and the Rootstein Hopkins Award (2000) as well as showing her work at the Avesta Biennial in Sweden (2000) and the Site-Actions Projects in New York (2001). Professor Williams was shortlisted for the 2nd Artes Mundi Prize in 2006, the only home-grown nominee. In 2009 she was a recipient of the major Creative Wales Award.

Professor Williams has been building a strong international reputation, with commissioned shows touring in North America, South Africa and the Far East. Her works for these shows are often large mixed-media canvasses which deal unflinchingly with the way women view themselves, and how a society, shaped by men, views them and uses them.

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.

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