Art graduates celebrate success at New Designers exhibition in London


University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to congratulate graduates from Swansea College of Art following successful exhibitions at New Designers in London. 

The students received their degrees at the university’s graduation ceremony in Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall and, following success at New Designers, are making an excellent start to their careers in design and illustration. 

Lucy Littler graduated with a BA (Hons) Illustration. She received the New Designers Hallmark Studio Award at New Designers for a piece of work she called Peckish Avenue, which consisted of a 3D illustrated wall-piece and a selection of risograph prints. Judges described the collection as ‘fun, lovely and focussed designs with real commercial potential.” Lucy won an 8-week paid studio placement where she will gain valuable experience working in a commercial environment as well as receiving £500. Lucy said : “I feel privileged to have won, especially knowing how many people are here and how hard everyone has worked.”

Also graduating is Lucy Cooper, who has been awarded a BA (Hons) Graphic Design from UWTSD. She was awarded the New Designers Marketing Store Associate Prize for her self-titled work which consisted of a selection of graphic design works including a reimagined Rolling Stones poster derived from hand-drawn illustrations. Lucy said: “I’m very overwhelmed and grateful to be surrounded by such an amazing community of creative people. I hope winning this award will help me secure a job and meet like-minded people within the creative industry.” The judges said of Lucy’s work: “[The] graphics went beyond initial visual impact to create an emotional response and hinted at the experience to be had. Also the quality of the ‘mark’ making was excellent.” Lucy has been offered a work placement at Hallmark which she will be completing over the summer.

Andrew Jones is from Mumbles in Swansea and has just graduated with a BA (Hons) Graphic Design. He said: My time at UWTSD has been absolutely brilliant. I’m just glad to be able to do this in my home town, it was absolutely brilliant. It’s very personal, you get to spend a lot of time with the tutors and the quality is just outstanding.” Andrew also attended New Designers and whilst he was there, he won the Peroni Award for design. The brief was fairly simple: participants were given a four-litre beer glass and asked to produce a design for it. The competition was only open to exhibitors at the exhibition, making it an especially competitive category. Andrew used typography in a wave formation to represent Nastro Azurro, the Italian Blue Ribbon award given to ocean liners that has become so symbolic of Italian national pride. Andrew said: “I really didn’t expect to win but I came away with £500 of artist materials so I’m really happy about that.” Andrew’s glass will now be exhibited at Peroni’s headquarters and is being entered as a design idea for the company’s latest glass designs.

Now in its 32nd year, the New Designers exhibition brings together graduate designers and artists with industry professionals, educators, and consumers. It’s a great opportunity for graduates to meet employers, pick up commissions or to sell their work. 

Ian Walsh, Dean of Swansea College of Art, said: “New designers has been an outstanding success for Swansea College of Art. We had three winners in graphics and illustration, it’s so impressive for one university to have three winners. We are delighted that from an outstanding crop of students we’ve had some of the highest grades we’ve ever seen so we’re very much competing with the top universities in the UK and internationally and when it comes to new Designers, the ultimate showcase of design talent, not just in the UK but in Europe, the very best universities with the very best graduates exhibit there to win three prizes. It’s literally been an outstanding achievement for our students.”

Speaking about the graduation ceremony at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall today, Professor Walsh added: “It’s been superb, we’ve had the broadest range of degrees we have awarded, across the whole spectrum of art anddesign disciplines including music performance, fine art, photography, illustration through to product design technology. The largest number of master graduates that we’ve ever seen, PhD graduates, MPhil graduates, we’ve had it all in this ceremonyand it’s been fantastic. It’s been the most successful year we’ve ever had at Swansea College of Art.” 

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