UWTSD students to add splash of colour to SA1 Swansea Waterfront


UWTSD Swansea School of Art and Design students are adding a splash of colour to SA1 Swansea Waterfront. 

group of people

The students have been set a design brief to create unique artwork for the hoardings at the prime waterfront location site.

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

As part of the brief, the students have been asked to research and develop 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, re-development of the city and its diverse population.

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 site. 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 School – Fine Art and Photography said: “This is an exciting opportunity for students on BA/Marts Fine Art: Studio, Site and Context programme here at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD, to create artwork within the public realm as part of an ongoing collaborate project with the SA1 development.”

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 universities portfolio, to further develop the skills of current businesses and attract new investment into the region.

Phase 1 of the £300 million development, will see the creation of new facilities for the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Faculty of Education and Communities as well as new library facilities.

group of people in SA1