UWTSD Swansea College of Art hosts its 18th Annual Arts in Action Exhibition


UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art has held their annual Arts in Action  Exhibition, marked by an official opening on July 12, at the Dynevor Centre.

The Arts in Action Residency Programme delivers up to 20 Projects annually in Primary and Secondary Schools throughout the region. Part funded through 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 the projects aim to give encouragement to future generations of artists and designers to emerge from our villages, towns and cities.

The 2016 Arts in Action Exhibition was officially opened on July 12 by Dr Ian Walsh, Dean of Art &Design at UWTSD and features a variety of work created by pupils from 15 schools in the Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire areas including the premiere of a film produced by Sandfields Comprehensive N&PT and a performance by Blaenymaes Primary School.

Their work, produced using a variety of creative media was on display, including stained glass, illustration, photography, performance, textiles, film, drawing & painting.

Jenny Vobe-Tancock, Arts in Action Coordinator/Faculty Projects Manager, SCA, said: “The Arts in Action Exhibition Opening gives the pupils, teachers and artists the opportunity to come together to celebrate their achievements and every year at Swansea College of Art we are amazed at the high standard and variety of work produced! The 2016 show is simply bursting with colour, vibrancy, enthusiasm and creativity and we are all very proud to be part of the unique residency programme that is Arts in Action!

“For the last 18 years the Arts in Action team have worked with student artists to deliver over 200 individual projects with local schools through the medium of both Welsh & English – that’s over 6,500 children engaged to date!

Every year as we put up the exhibition we are simply amazed at the creativity, variety and quality of work produced by our children and young people. The exhibition is a culmination and celebration of what has been achieved.”

Dr Ian Walsh, Dean of Art & Design, UWTSD said:  “Arts in Action’, what a title and what a project. Art is essential to every civilised society, a key building block in the education of every child. Art, Design and Media open countless doors of opportunity for young people. As a University we recognise the huge benefits that come from early engagement with the arts and it is the primary motivation behind Swansea College of Art’s enduring support for Arts in Action.”