Student from Swansea College of Art designs trophies for Gwobrau’r Selar


14.02.2020

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is delighted that one of its Art and Design students – Abigail Fraser – has been given the opportunity to design the trophies for Gwobrau’r Selar, a prestigious Welsh language music awards event that’s being held this weekend in Aberystwyth.  

Abigail Fraser

Abigail Farser, Fine Art student.

Abigail, who’s in her third year studying Fine Art at Swansea College of Art within UWTSD, has designed and created this year’s trophies under the direction of artist and lecturer Gwenllian Beynon, Art and Design’s Welsh Language Coordinator.

Gwobrau’r Selar are nationally recognised accolades that are awarded during an annual ceremony organised by the Welsh music magazine, Y Selar.  

“Having the chance to collaborate on these trophies offers our students a fantastic opportunity to work on a really exciting Welsh language project and we are very happy to be working with Y Selar once again this year,” says Gwenllian Beynon.

“It is a lot of fun working with the students on ideas for trophies, and every year something new is developed. I really like the humour in the love fork trophy that Abi has created this year. The idea of ​​having a brick as an award is a bit strange but the beautiful Love Fork adds a really special element.

“It's always a pleasure to work with Y Selar and creating these awards gives students a different element to their studies,” Gwenllian adds. “They take on the challenge and have a lot of fun working on creating the trophies every year. This is the sixth year that our students have created the awards and it is great to be able to look back on past trophies as they inspiration to our current students - another really interesting element as the the legacy of all previous awards inspire the new.”

As well as studying Fine Art, Abilgail Fraser is also an artist in residence at 'GS Artists Swansea' under the direction of influential artist Jane Simpson.

Originally from Treorchy, Abigail attended Ysgol Gartholwg before studying at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea.

Abigail's artwork is a dreamy, psychedelic exploration of memories with reference to past events by drawing with simple LED light and common forms such as forks or beds. Through her humorous illustrations, she offers an alternative but honest view of modern Welsh culture.

Forch Garu / Love Fork

The trophies that Abigail has created are ‘Love Fork' sculptures that represent the influence the youth of Wales have on modern Welsh culture.

Owain Schaivone, Senior Editor of Y Selar magazine, said: “We are delighted to be working with Swansea College of Art within the University of Wales Trinity Saint David again this year to create the awards for Y Selar. It's great to be able to give a young artist the opportunity to create awards for such a high profile event and the winners always love to have such creative and unique pieces of art in recognition of their success. "

Abilgail is a BA Fine Art student at UWTSD. The Fine Art courses are practice-based with a theoretical underpinning that allows the students to practice within medium specificity.  Students have a dedicated studio space, as well as access to installation spaces, life drawing studios and a broad range of workshops, including ceramics, metal, resin and plaster.

UWTSD also has a wider partnership with Y Selar awards as the University also sponsors the Special Contribution category.

For further information on the Art and Design courses offered at UWTSD, please visit https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/art-design/fine-art/

And for more information on Y Selar Awards, please visit https://selar.cymru/

Note to Editor

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