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


Yesterday, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) yesterday hosted a special St David’s Day event, marking the celebration with a lecture and an awards ceremony.

Darlith Gwyl Ddewi / St David's Day lecture

Gwenllian Beynon, Hefin Jones & Jonathan Pugh.

The annual lecture was delivered by designer, Hefin Jones who was invited to talk about his work and his career in the creative industries.

Hefin Jones is a Cardiff-based designer who works across the UK as well as internationally.  He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths University of London.

Hefin often works with public, cultural and educational institutions as part of collaborative research and design projects. Recent projects and collaborations include The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, National Theatre Wales, Design Museum, UP Projects and Crafts Council.

His ‘Welsh Space Campaign’ project (2014) explores how Welsh culture, skills and traditions could be applied in a cosmic context.

As part of this project, Hefin created a Space suit made entirely from Welsh-sourced materials. The wool used to make the suit was sourced from the last remaining wool mills in Wales while a traditional clog maker made Space clogs instead of Space boots.

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 is very important to hold this kind of event and mark St David's Day as it is such an important celebration for us in Wales," said Gwenllian. "St David's Day is a special occasion and for the last three years at Swansea College of Art we have organised an annual lecture with the emphasis on creativity - something that is visual or is linked to our disciplines - and this year, we had the pleasure of welcoming the designer, Hefin Jones to deliver the lecture.

“We also feel it is important to note the achievements of staff and students and this year for the first time we decided to reward two non-Welsh speaking staff who have created opportunities for students to discuss their ideas in Welsh,” adds Gwenllian.

The Art and Design St David’s Day Awards are now an important part of the University’s calendar, giving the institute the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those studying or teaching within Swansea College of Art and to mark their commitment to the Welsh language or culture.

Enillwyr y Gwobrau / Award Winners

Picture of this year's Award Winners.

This year's award winners were:

Jonathan Pugh, Lecturer in Applied Drama: Education, Welfare and Community - winner of the award for outstanding commitment to Welsh language and culture in Art and Design.

Julia Lockheart, Head of Contextual Practice - winner of the award for developing ideas to use Welsh in Contextual Practice.

Ian Standen, Architecture Programme Manager - winner of the award for engaging with the Welsh language.

Caleb Young, BA Illustration student - winner of the award for commitment to Welsh language and culture.

Briony Howells, BA Product Design student - winner of the award for commitment to the Welsh language in his studies.

Sara Griffith, BA Surface Pattern student - winner of the award for commitment to the Welsh language and visual culture of Wales.

Abigail Fraser, BA Fine Art student - winner of the award for commitment to Welsh language and culture.

The event was a great success with staff and students from Swansea College of Art enjoying the opportunity to celebrate Welsh heritage and culture in an exciting and dynamic way.

For further information on the Art and Design courses offered within the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, please visit https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/art-design/

Further Information

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