UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art appoints Welsh Artist Mentors


Over the next year, students at the Swansea College of Art will have the opportunity to work alongside two newly appointed artists-in-residence.

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In partnership with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Tomos Sparnon and Caitlin Littlejohns will be based at the Swansea College of Art where they will be mentoring students through their studies.  Tomos studied through the medium of Welsh and he is the first to graduate from the Welsh medium Fine Art degree from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art.  Caitlin Littlejohns is also a graduate from the Swansea College of Art and last year she was selected as one of the artists to create and produce the 'People’s Choice Golwg 360 award' for the Wales Book of the Year 2017 ceremony. Tomos was also selected to produce the same award in 2018.  

Swansea College of Art lecturer, Gwenllian Beynon, is looking forward to working with both Tomos and Caitlin.  She said:

We are privileged to have Caitlin and Tomos as part of our team here at UWTSD.  Both will be amazing ambassadors for the Arts – not only for the University but for the Arts in Wales. Seeing someone as young and talented as these two shows that there is a future for the Arts in Welsh. 

As they are both fluent Welsh speakers one of their main objectives whilst working with us will be to promote the Welsh language throughout the faculty.  They will mentor students, demonstrate the benefits of studying through the medium of Welsh and take part in Welsh tutorials and discussions.  We’d like to thank the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for their support with this project.”  

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To mark the beginning of their period as artist mentors at the Swansea College of Art Tomos and Caitlin’s work was showcased at a special exhibition.  Their work was a collection of creative responses to themes relating to war and which coincided with Professor of Practice, Mark Rees’ theatrical event, ‘Now the Hero’.  Caitlin Littlejohns’ work evoked conflicts dislocation of the landscape. Focusing on its aftermath and the trails that remain she aimed to convey the true reality of war.  Tomos Sparnon’s body of work responds to English and Welsh war poetry, conveying the suffering of the human body.

Tomos Sparnon and Caitlin Littlejohns are both looking forward to the year ahead.  Tomos states:

“It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to exhibit at the very beginning of our roles within the University.  The facilities at the University are exceptional and as a student, it was great to study through the medium of Welsh at the Swansea College of Art.”

Caitlin added:

‘We look forward to mentoring the students throughout their studies whilst promoting the Welsh language within the arts both internally and externally. It will be most exciting to see how our roles develop as we progress and what the resulting impacts and opportunities may be.”

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / Arwel.Lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk