UWTSD Illustration graduate creates the Golwg360 People's Choice Award for the annual Welsh Book of the Year competition


Lily Rogers, a recent graduate from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Swansea College of Art, was this year selected to design and create the Golwg360 People's Choice Award prize as part of the prestigious Welsh Book of the Year 2020 competition.

Llun gan Lily Rogers / Drawing by Lily Rogers

Lily's artwork.

Lily, who graduated from Swansea College of Art's Illustration course a few weeks ago, created the artwork which was awarded by Golwg360, sponsors of this year's People's Choice Award and given to the winner las weekend.

The winners of all categories in the Welsh Book of the Year competition were announced on BBC Radio Cymru as part of last week's special AmGen programme.

The winner of the Golwg360 People's Choice Award was Babel by Ifan Morgan Jones. He also won the Welsh language fiction category as well as the main Welsh language Book of the Year prize.

The Welsh language categories were judged by an independent panel which this year included journalist Betsan Powys; cartoonist, author and presenter Siôn Tomos Owen; poet, Emyr Lewis; and singer-songwriter Casi Wyn.

Lily was pleased to have been selected to create a prize for this prestigious competition and was delighted to have the opportunity to create a special drawing for the winner.

"The illustration shows a person completely surrounded by books," says Lily. “In a way, I've almost hidden the title of the award by making it an element of the book - so it blends smoothly into the picture.

“As well as being selected to create a piece of work for the Golwg360 People's Choice Award, I have also been selected to take part in a digital exhibition with D&AD New Blood,” adds Lily. “This would normally have happened in a gallery in London, but this year, because of Coronavirus, it has moved online. This is a really important step for me.”

Gwenllian Beynon, lecturer and Welsh language co-ordinator at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art is very proud of Lily's success and is delighted that she had the opportunity to create the award for this prestigious competition.

“This piece of work by Lily is so fitting for the People's Choice award,” said Gwenllian. “The way she has integrated the award title into the design shows her talent as a young illustrator.

“The winner, Ifan Morgan Jones, is very lucky to receive this original work from one of our graduates. It's been great to work with Lily over the last three years and to see her work develop,” she adds.

Ifan Morgan Jones gyda llun Lily Rogers / Ifan Morgan Jones with drawing by Lily Rogers

Ifan Morgan Jones with the artwork.

Owain Schiavone, Golwg’s Commercial Director said: “We have been working with the University for a number of years now, offering an Art student the opportunity to create the People's Choice award. It’s always a pleasure to be able to offer a young artist the opportunity, hoping that the experience and attention that comes from it will boost their career. This year's piece by Lily is very beautiful, and is certainly something that will be treasured by the winner.”

During her time at University, Lily studied part of her degree through the medium of Welsh which has since given her the confidence to create and work in Welsh.

“I decided to study Illustration at UWTSD because the atmosphere was so friendly and welcoming when I came for an open day and for my interview,” says Lily.

“The students’ work was everywhere, giving a lovely creative 'vibe'. The course has helped me develop and improve my work and discover my personal style. The opportunity to do part of the course through the medium of Welsh has also given me confidence to use the language in my work.”

But what's next for Lily?

"In the future I'd like to have my own studio," she says. “I hope to work with an agent and have the opportunity to receive commissions in the publishing world, and maybe write and illustrate my own books.”

Swansea College of Art's Welsh medium provision within the University has grown significantly in recent years and a growing number of students within Swansea College of Art - from Foundation student to those studying for PhDs – now study part of their degree course through the medium of Welsh with at least 40 credits available through the medium of Welsh on most courses.

For further information about Swansea College of Art's Welsh medium provision within the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, please contact Gwenllian Beynon

Further information about the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Branch at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is also on our website.

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