UWTSD celebrates its involvement in this year’s BAFTA Cymru Awards


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is looking forward to this weekend’s 2016 BAFTA Cymru Awards Ceremony, as this year, UWTSD is involved as a sponsor as well as being linked to two nominations.

With its long-standing tradition in the creative and visual arts, UWTSD is proud to sponsor the Special and Visual Effects, Titles and Graphic Identity Category – a category featuring nominees comprising the production teams of Doctor Who and Sherlock along with the Super Furry Animals documentary, SFA Y Blynyddoedd Blewog.

In addition to sponsoring a category, a programme that followed the Urdd Theatre Company as they staged a new production of Les Misérables - produced in association with UWTSD - has also been nominated in the Entertainment Category.


Les Misérables – Y Daith i’r Llwyfan was took a behind the scenes look at the Welsh language production that featured a cast of 130 young people from all corners of Wales.


The Wales Millennium Centre and  Urdd Gobaith Cymru in association with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Ysgol Glanaethwy proudly presented the Welsh medium production in Cardiff last October to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the official opening of the Wales Millennium Centre and the Urdd Cardiff Sleepover.


The production was a huge success as was the partnership between UWTSD and the Wales Millennium Centre – a collaboration that has already received great recognition having won the 2016 Arts and Business Cymru Award for Arts, Business & Brand Identity.


UWTSD is also pleased that a short film on the late Welsh artist Osi Rhys Osmond, supported by the University and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre has been nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Award.

Brightest Films’ Creative Director Clare Sturges is recognised in her nomination for her producing and directing work on My Brief Eternity: Ar Awyr Le – a short-form documentary following Welsh artist and former UWTSD lecturer Osi Rhys Osmond as he creates his final piece of work for the upcoming Maggie’s South East Wales Centre during the late stages of advanced cancer.

My Brief Eternity is a collaboration between Brightest Films and Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre, supported by University of Wales Trinity Saint David. It is the second nomination for Clare, who won the BAFTA Cymru Breakthrough Award in 2015 – the first female director to do so.

Dr Ian Walsh, UWTSD’s Dean of Faculty of Art and Design said: “Osi was a much loved and respected colleague to many in Swansea College of Art at UWTSD. His passing left an enormous hole in the lives of those who knew him. Clare’s sensitive and poignant film captures Osi in his final days, facing death, just as he embraced life, on his own terms.”

The University is delighted to be a part of the 25th BAFTA Cymru Awards ceremony, which celebrates Welsh talent across film and television production, craft and performance roles. 

UWTSD has a great reputation for offering a range of courses in the creative industries – from art and design to theatre and performance.  The number and range of courses offered by the University will also grow over the next few years to coincide with the development of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin that will be established on the Carmarthen campus.

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is a development that will be home to a cluster of companies and organisations from the creative and digital industries as well as being the new home of S4C’s main headquarters.  The centre will open in early 2018.

“This is a development that has an exciting vision that will transform and shape the creative and digital industries in South West Wales and beyond,” says Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor at UWTSD.

“Canolfan S4C Yr Egin will be a centre that will stimulate ideas and connections while nurturing talent and sharing resources – a creative melting-pot for practitioners and entrepreneurs from a variety of disciplines.

“There will also be many opportunities for local people to enjoy the building as well as its various resources - a cafe, auditorium and performance stages that will offer a range of events for diverse audiences,” he continues. 

Bringing together a range of creative, digital and cultural practitioners within the same building, there will be an opportunity to co-locate a set of specific skills, thereby establishing opportunities to exchange information, to innovate and to create jobs.

Due to its strong links with the creative industries – and  its involvement with two of this year’s nominations - UWTSD is very proud to support this year’s BAFTA Cymru Awards which take place on 2nd October 2016 at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. The ceremony will feature special guest performances and celebrity award presenters representing the best of the UK’s creative and media industries.


Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 / sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk