Swansea College of Art students awarded Bursaries to kick-start their Creative Projects


Swansea College of Art Fine Art students Tricia Durkin (3rd year) and Melissa Rodrigues (2nd year) have been awarded two bursaries aimed at supporting female BAME mature students to help kick-start their creative practice and projects.

The bursaries were created in recognition of the unique challenges facing, particularly, mature female students, that going back to college poses. 

In both cases, these students had made significant changes in their lives to return to education. Moving forward, it is hoped that the award will help them fund research or kick-start creative endeavours to ultimately enable them to find their path as artists.  Furthermore, the award also aims to support female creative talent seeking to develop a career in the creative industries.

The bursaries are supported by Marc Boothe, Founder and Creative Director of B3 Media, a leading media arts network which produces Talentlab – a creative arts incubator which supports emerging BAME talent across film, visual arts and new media.

Tricia Durkin (final year student) said: “I feel am an ideas generator at heart, with no clue how to make use of this skill. This bursary will provide me with a springboard and the confidence to enable me to express myself and my ideas more powerfully.”

Melissa Rodrigues (2nd year student) said: “My aim when I began the course was just to gain knowledge, however my goals are now others, I dream to tread my path into the art’s field by opening an art supplier shop, where local artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work, exchange ideas and give workshops to the local people from low-income families, and ethnic minority back ground who wish to get involved in arts and maybe otherwise would not be able to afford it.”

Professor Sue Williams of the Fine Art course Swansea College of Art UWTSD, said: “In contemporary society more mature women embark upon personal journeys, when children have left home or their circumstances challenge them to find new routes in life. This takes confidence and is certainly not without serious challenges, both emotionally and financially. I nominated Tricia and Melissa for this award as they have unique individual stories and are both deserving on many levels. Marc’s generosity and recognition of women of maturity will give both Tricia and Melissa an exciting, creative kick-start on their individual journeys.”

Marc Boothe, Founder and Creative Director, B3 Media, said: "Melissa and Tricia are both inspiring students, artists and creative leaders who I believe will blaze their trail and inspire others.”

Note to Editor

Fine Art: Studio, Site & Context course:

This course provides an opportunity for students to work alongside internationally acclaimed artists and lecturers to explore the expanding and forever evolving field of contemporary fine art practice. This course creates a learning environment whereby a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary opportunities exist. This articulation between concept and media is a fundamental characteristic of the Fine Art course at UWTSD Swansea.

"The course provides a golden opportunity to think and work like an artist. There are no limits to your imagination. This is a challenging but a really exciting three year journey. The course allows you to use multimedia, such as performance, photography, painting, drawing, and so much more. Working with lovely staff is a real bonus.”

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About Swansea College of Art

Swansea College of Art, founded in 1853, boasts a unique blend of cutting-edge facilities and traditional teaching methods within a great location, making it an ideal place for prospective students to pursue their studies in Art and Design. Housed in a purpose-built, multi-million pound ‘Art School’ in the centre of Swansea’s Arts Quarter, the college develops your individual creative potential and takes you through the vast number of career possibilities, helping you market your personal talent, passion and skills, all of which are at the core of the UWTSD philosophy.

At Swansea College of Art UWTSD, students become part of a vibrant and multitalented community at a school recently named Wales’ greatest art school, and within the top 30 in the entire UK region.


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