UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art launch new online portal for new artists


University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Swansea College of Art are pleased to announce the launch of a new online portal for students studying art and design in conjunction with Axisweb, an organisation that supports new and emerging contemporary artists and campaigns to promote the work of contemporary artists and create new opportunities for them to exhibit their work. The portal is an online showcase that is designed to give young artists the opportunity to exhibit their work and collaborate with other artists. It is the first of its kind in the UK and it is hoped that it will encourage more universities to take a similar approach in supporting young artists as they build their careers as artists upon graduation.

Professor Sue Williams

The project is the product of collaboration between UWTSD’s Professor Sue Williams, Head of Painting and Drawing at Swansea College of Art who has exhibited her art work worldwide, and Axisweb. She said: “I am very happy to assist with this new and exciting venture between Swansea College of Art, UWTSD, Fine Art & Photography department and Axisweb where the students are given an opportunity to showcase their degree work, a place to meet other artists and receive the professional support and advice they need in order to survive the transition between university and the real world. This initiative will enable the students to develop a dialogue with external arts organisations and professionals. 

Professor Williams is a prominent international artist with a recognised body of work and an exhibition history of both solo and group shows on five continents. She has taken part in many exhibitions and residencies and has received many awards including the National Eisteddfod Wales. She was a shortlisted artist for the Artes Mundi 2, International Visual Art Prize 2006. Her work features in several leading private and public collections throughout USA, Africa, China and Europe, including National Museum Wales, Contemporary Arts Society and The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. She describes the portal as a “playful but serious platform for students to extend their practice.”

Axisweb is giving extra support to students post-graduation in order to shape their careers and give them a secure base to lean on. As well as opportunity to showcase their work, the young artists will have access to advice, get art insurance, be able to find studio space, and to collaborate with other young artists. Executive Director Mark smith said: “We are very excited by this new partnership with University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Swansea College of Art. Leaving the secure environment of an Art School can be daunting. And with diminishing opportunities to support artists’, the world can appear bleak. This initiative aims to develop a new approach to support and guide recently graduated artists’. Helping them to actively conceive and develop art-sustainable environments required for their practice to thrive.”

Further Information

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