Pictures and Words at Y Fforwm


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David warmly invites you to Pictures and Words, an exhibition which officially marks the opening of Y Fforwm in the University’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront development.

Y Fforwm

The exhibition will be opened at a special event on Tuesday 14th August at 6pm, held at Y Fforwm. The University is also delighted to be welcoming Helen Jones, Head of Children’s Books and Reading Promotion at Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru (Welsh Books Council) to officially open the show. She said: “I am thrilled to be part of this celebration of talent at Y Fforwm. One of The Welsh Books Council’s main aims is to support the publishing industry in Wales and of course, words and images play an integral part in our work. Recognising and nurturing talent in both words and pictures ensure that our lives as readers are enriched in so many ways.”

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 6th August to Following the event, the exhibition will be open to the public until Friday 12th October. 

Alison Harding, the Executive Head of Library and Learning Resources, said: “One of the core missions of any library service is to encourage and promote creativity and innovation in all its forms, so hosting this exhibition offers us the chance to reflect this in a very practical way. We also hope to utilise the opportunity to issue a statement of intent in terms of all our libraries and the service more generally; we are a library that values culture, art, and intellectual freedom as well as encouraging our students to think critically and deeply during  their time at UWTSD and beyond.”

Pictures and Words is a celebration of illustration and design for books, featuring work from current students and recent graduates from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art. Derek Bainton, Head of School of Graphic and Digital Arts, said: “Illustration is often the coming together of words and pictures in books, which creates an extraordinary relationship; a bond where neither one part works on its own. This word and picture play brings illustration alive. The often subtle, sometimes blatant tensions between word/image irony, opposition, symbolism, humour, hidden messages and details, are all part of the play. Our students have embraced their discipline in very individual ways, both creatively and professionally.”

The BA Illustration course at UWTSD offers a broad and friendly programme which allows students to explore a wide range of techniques, materials, and styles in order to determine personal strengths and eventual career directions. The programme is designed to encourage the conceptualising and realisation of ideas and narrative, using a diverse range of media. Utilising both traditional, digital and experimental materials and processes, students determine their own eventual working practices.

Y Fforwm is the new library at the University’s Swansea SA1 development and will be opening on Monday 13th August. The Library and Learning Resources of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David aims to support all members of the University by providing information services of a high quality and by meeting the learning resource needs of all its students, staff and researchers. The libraries of the Townhill and Mount Pleasant Campuses are relocating to the new development as part of plans to create a vibrant SA1 Waterfront development situated in a modern waterfront location with easy access to the city centre. 

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