UWTSD murals add splash of colour to SA1


Colourful murals created by UWTSD Swansea College of Art students are on show at the University’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront development.

The students were set a design brief to create unique artwork for the hoardings at the prime waterfront location and worked closely alongside the University’s SA1 project team on the exciting initiative, which also forms part of UWTSD’s commitment to the bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021.

It is anticipated the combined talents of the BA, MArts, MA and Research Degree, Fine Arts students will help animate the development, creating a living artwork which engages creativity across the city and beyond, as well as showcasing their talents.

The students were tasked with researching and developing images that explore Wales’ connection to the world, the environment, the University’s global connections, as well as highlighting innovations in the Swansea Bay area, the re-development of the city and its diverse population. References to Wales’s oldest paper, The South Wales Evening Post, also feature throughout, acknowledging the important part played by the publication providing local news to the surrounding local communities.

SA1 Project Manager Emyr Jones said: “The project is an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their work on a prominent ‘outdoor canvas’ surrounding the SA1 Swansea Waterfront Phase 1 development area.  The aim is to not only improve the aesthetic appeal of the construction site but to help deliver a sense of identity that embraces the local community and environment. 

"This will ensure that the University positively engages with the local community, and in turn, helps to transform the project sites into vibrant destinations.”

Caroline Thraves, Head of the School of Fine and Media Arts at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art said:  “Swansea College of Art Fine Art students from across all year groups at both undergraduate and post graduate level have produced work for this project. The students have spent considerable time visiting the site and exploring the history of the area and making connections between the docklands of past and present.

"It has been a very exciting live public art project for the students and the artwork produced is a vibrant mix of student’s research. Particular thanks should be paid to Tom Morris, Post Graduate student who pulled students ideas together to create the final hoardings.”

Tom Morris said: "To be part of this exciting, expansive and innovative project was both a challenge and rewarding experience.  I collaborated with University staff, lecturers, students and local professionals over a 6 month period, resulting in a vibrant and energetic visual gift for the local community and visitors to the site.  

"Hopefully this project will be a catalyst for many more in the future."

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects at Swansea Council who are heading the bid for Swansea 2021, said: “The SA1 mural is a great example of the rich cultural output of Swansea and it shows how our very high quality of art education is creating a new generation of artistically gifted people in the city.

"This is one of the many reasons we are so keen to see Swansea being crowned UK City of Culture 2021, so we can nurture our talent and share our rich and diverse cultural output with the rest of the UK and the rest of the world. UWTSD are a valued partner of our bid and we congratulate them for their continued efforts in creating projects like this to generate interest and excitement in our very creative city."

Note to Editor

The University’s vision for SA1 Swansea Waterfront is to create a neighbourhood with academic activity at its core to attract companies to collocate with the University to exploit knowledge, develop skills, support existing companies and attract new investment into the region.  

The innovative development will include purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and applied research, as well as social and recreational spaces for use by the University and wider community in the heart of the city centre.  

New enterprise hubs will be created together with high skill accelerator schemes, to grow new businesses linked to the University’s portfolio, to further develop the skills of current businesses and attract new investment into the region.

Phase 1 of the £300 million development, to provide a new home for the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Faculty of Education and Communities as well as new library facilities, will open in September 2018.

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