Press Releases 2019

Swansea College of Art celebrates St David's Day with a lecture and awards ceremony


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Swansea College of Art recently organised a special St David’s Day event, marking the celebration with a special lecture and awards ceremony.

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The annual lecture was delivered by dancer, choreographer, performer and presenter, Eddie Ladd who discussed her work, her inspirations and her surroundings, talking about her experiences and encouraging the audience to think creatively.

We also had the pleasure of listening to one of the University's Professors of Practice, Marc Rees - an artist who creates and curates performance and installation work that responds to place and community – who introduced the event and presented students and staff with their awards.

Swansea College of Art is very proud of its Welsh heritage and culture and the University was very keen to celebrate the achievements of its art and design students - many of whom are studying through the medium of Welsh - during an annual St David’s Day event.

One of the event organisers - Gwenllian Beynon, Welsh Language Co-ordinator at Swansea College of Art - believes that St David's Day offers an excellent opportunity for students and staff to celebrate their Welsh-ness and to think creatively about the language as well as Wales’ culture and heritage.

“It’s very important to hold this kind of event to mark St David's Day as it is such an important celebration for us in Wales,” says Gwenllian. “We tend to celebrate St David's Day during our time in school but then tend to forget about the occasion after we leave – so we at Swansea College of Art decided that we wanted to organise an annual arts related lecture - something that would be visual and would complement our areas of study.  And this year, we were delighted to welcome performer, Eddie Ladd to present the lecture.”

Eddie Ladd

Another important aspect of the celebration was the Art and Design Awards presentation – giving the faculty the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those studying or teaching within the College of Art and to mark their commitment to the Welsh language or culture.

“It's great to be able to recognise students and staff who promote the Welsh language and Welsh culture through their creative work,” said artist Marc Rees, who is also a Professor of Practice at Swansea College of Art.

“There are a number of categories that recognise artists who do this within their work as well as celebrating those who use the Welsh language as part of their work on a daily basis.  This is the second year for us to have award people for their contribution and it’s very important for us that this event grows and develops and that people take part and move the language forward and use Welsh culture in their work, presented in new and contemporary ways.”

This year's award winners were:

Rhian Gould, Surface Pattern student - award for the use of Welsh images within creative practice.

Rhys Page, Illustration student - award for commitment to Welsh language and culture.

Dili Pitt, Foundation Art student - award for commitment to Welsh language and culture.

Owain Roberts, Music Technology student - award for commitment to Welsh language and culture.

Peter Williams, Lecturer in Music Technology - award for musical commitment to the cultural heritage of Wales.

Another of those who helped organise the event was Caitlin Littlejohns - a former Welsh-medium Fine Art student who now works at the University as one of its Welsh-medium artists in residence. Caitlin was delighted to help with the arrangements - which also included curating an exhibition of students' work.

“Tomos – my fellow Welsh-medium Artist in Residence – and I have curated an exhibition of work created by our Surface Pattern students. The work has already been seen at St Fagans as part of a project that involved bringin its archive to life, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring the work together here in Swansea. The process of curtating the exhibition has been very interesting - and the reading room in the Alex Building is a lovely place to display work and to showcase the wonderful work that the students have created.”

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Marc Rees

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