UWTSD appoints two new Artists in Residence


Two Welsh-medium Artists in Residence have been appointed by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) to work with Art and Design students and staff.

Owain Roberts & Jess Burtonhsaw

In partnership with Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Owain Roberts and Jessica Burtonshaw will be based at Swansea College of Art where they will mentor students during their studies. 

Both have already been busy meeting prospective students; taking first year Fine Art students around the museums and galleries of Swansea whilst also working on a collaborative film project connecting Owain’s music and Jess’ artwork.

Their first collaborative work, ‘Pobl/People’ was exhibited in the foyer of the University’s Dynevor Building at the end of September, giving students, staff and visitors alike an opportunity to experience their creativity.  Both will have an opportunity to create another exhibition at the end of their period as Artists in Residence during the summer of 2020.

Owain Roberts, originally from Llanfairfechan, is a graduate of the BA Music Technology course at Swansea College of Art where he studied through the medium of Welsh. 

During his period at UWTSD, he worked on writing an album using many instruments and singing in a rock and hard rock style incorporating other genres, mostly through the medium of Welsh.

“The opportunity to study a course in Welsh – in my first language was very important and was the reason that I came to UWTSD.  I wanted to stay in Wales and to exercise my passion through the medium of Welsh.”

Owain Roberts

Owain Roberts, UWTSD Artist in Residence.

Owain is looking forward to working as an artist in residence and was very excited to work with students across the faculty and to enhance their creative skills.  “Working as an artist in residence in the music department, and taking advantage of the experiences and the location, will be a fantastic creative experience,” adds Owain.

Having studied an Art Foundation course at Swansea College of Art, Jess Burtonshaw went on to study a Fine Art course in Bath and she is now delighted to be returning to Swansea to undertake the role of artist in residence.

“Having been given the opportunity work as a Welsh medium artist in residence is going to allow me to reconnect with the Welsh language and with my ‘Welshness’ too and I’m looking forward to develop my creative work back where I studied my foundation degree,” said Jess.

Jessica Burtonshaw

Jessica Burtonshaw, UWTSD Artist in Residence.

Gwenllian Beynon, Welsh language Coordinator at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, will work with Owain and Jess during their period as artists in residence - mentoring them, developing their skills and providing them with a range of creative experiences.

“The role of the Welsh medium Artist in Residence is key to the success of the Welsh medium developments with UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art,” says Gwenllian Beynon.

“Jess and Owain bring a different type of creativity to their roles and already, I am amazed at the way they’ve worked together on their first joint project – even though they hadn’t met each other until they took up their roles at the beginning of September.

“I’m looking forward to working with Owain and Jess during this academic year and to see how they will shape and develop their roles.”

Owain and Jess are excited about their year-long role and look forward to making the most of the opportunities offered to them during their residencies.

“We’re really looking forward to mentor the students during their studies and to promoting the Welsh language both internally and externally in the context of the Arts,” said both Owain and Jess.

“It’s very exciting to think about how our roles will change as we develop as individuals and artists – as are the opportunities that will come our way and the impact they will have on us.”

To find out more on the courses offered at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, please visit  https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/art-design/

Further Information


For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk