The University of Wales Trinity Saint David recently welcomed students from across Wales to yr Atom in Carmarthen for a special Art and Design festival.

 The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Ar y MAP Celf festival was held at yr Atom

The 'MAP Art and Design' Festival, organised by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol with the support of UWTSD, Coleg Sir Gâr and Cardiff Metropolitan University, was an opportunity to bring together students studying Art and Design through the medium of Welsh. “Interpretation of traditional objects in the modern world” was the theme of this year's conference as students and staff came together from various campuses across Wales to share their work and experiences with fellow students, specialist artists and designers.

During the event, the students had the opportunity to hear about the careers of artists such as Peter Finnemore who works primarily in art photography, mixed media, performance and video. The students were also introduced to Aled Lewis who runs his own business designing and making high quality furniture for private, corporate and academic institutions. In the evening, a special session was held at Canolfan S4C Yr Egin in the company of the well-known screenwriter and director, Euros Lewis.

The festival also included visits to the shops and galleries on Carmarthen’s King Street and Abergwili Museum. UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art lecturer, Gwenllian Beynon, was delighted with the success of this year's 'MAP Art and Design' festival. She said:

“Once again, it was an excellent event and I would like to thank everyone who supported especially the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. This is the third year we have held this event and it is great to see it develop and grow. It’s so important that these sort of events are available to our students so that they have opportunities to discuss their subject through the medium of Welsh. It’s vital that young artists from all over Wales have the opportunity to meet and share their ideas, but also to meet with individuals who are currently working in the arts in Wales.”

Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Ar Y MAP festival was recently held at Yr Atom

Mared Jones, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Humanities and Arts Subject Officer, was one of the event organisers. She said:

“The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is very proud of this Art Festival which has been running for a number of years now. It's a great opportunity to bring students from across Wales together to socialise, work together, share their work and be inspired. They have the opportunity to meet artists from a variety of fields and hear about their experiences of working and creating through the medium of Welsh.”

Bethan Wyn is the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Branch Officer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She added:

“We had two very special days in Carmarthen. This event highlighted the buzz of the arts scene in Wales and showed our students how much potential there is in Wales to work in this field. Events like these are vital for our young people especially if they want to pursue careers in any creative aspect in Wales.”

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