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Arts In Action

Collaborative Art Workshops with Schools to Develop and Enhance the New Curriculum. Coordinated by UWTSD Swansea College of Art we deliver up to 20 Projects annually in Primary and Secondary Schools throughout the region. 2017 is the 18th anniversary of the scheme with over 230 Individual Projects delivered and approximately 6,600 Children Engaged to date!

What is Arts in Action?

Funded through the UWTSD Widening Access and Community Engagement Committee and the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership (SWWRWP), Arts in Action projects show children, their parents and their teachers the many different career paths in art and design and we hope that the projects will give encouragement to future generations of artists and designers to emerge from our villages, towns and cities.

Designed to support the delivery of the new Welsh curriculum, the University works in consolation with the schools to generate a project theme. Current Art & Design students and recent graduates are invited to respond to these briefs in their applications. Selected artists refine their project before delivery, working in dialogue with their school. For many artists this was their first experience of working with schools and sharing their practice with teachers and children. They are fully supported through the planning, delivery and evaluation process  by a designated  University mentor.This enables them to both share their expertise within a supported framework with teachers and children and to gain confidence in sharing their ideas and working with other people rather than in isolation.

Over the years many new techniques have been introduced into our schools, enabling teachers to expand their knowledge base for future classes. Projects have included felt making, cyanotype photography, book illustration, pin hole cameras, site-specific fine art, theatre costume and design, photograms, printmaking, ceramics, stained glass, creative writing and performance art.


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Arts in Action Collage

'Arts in Action' is unique as an arts residency scheme, as we mentor our artists and schools through every stage of the projects in order to maximise the experience for all participants, capture as much 'added value' from all the partners and ensure a positive and long lasting outcome to the projects.

Arts in Action Exhibition

Each year to celebrate achievements we hold an Arts in Action Exhibition at the Dynevor Centre for Art Design & Media

For further information on the UWTSD Swansea College of Art Arts in Action scheme please contact: artanddesign@uwtsd.ac.uk

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