Stencilling Culture


Swansea College of Art, UWTSD and the Centre for African Entrepreneurship (CAE) are collaborating on an art project entitled Stenciling Culture that celebrates and explores cultural identity in Swansea.

Swansea College of Art, UWTSD and the Centre for African Entrepreneurship (CAE) are collaborating on an art project entitled Stencilling Culture that celebrates and explores cultural identity in Swansea.

Workshops will be led by UWTSD Fine Art graduate Melissa Rodrigues and will include an introduction to and insight into her exciting artistic practice. The course will conclude by considering the potential for the artworks produced to be developed in a more commercial context. 

Graduating with a BA degree in Fine Art in July 2019, Melissa's work explores issues of displacement, belonging, and cultural identity, studying issues concerning the movement of people across the world.

Melissa Rodrigues, artist and workshop leader said: “I love doing what makes me happy, stencil making, and printing is one of those things, and working with the local community is another. I am excited to deliver these sessions and see how the work will develop into an exhibitable piece.”

Running once a week, with the first session on Tuesday June 1, followed by sessions on June 8, 15 and 22, places are free, and all materials will be provided. As spaces are limited applicants that meet UWTSD Widening Access priorities will be prioritized. Family groups are very welcome.

Participants can take part from home as the workshops will be delivered online via Zoom and art packs and accompanying instructions will be sent by post. There will also be the option for a small number of participants to attend face to face drop in sessions at the CAE.

UWTSD Fine Art graduate Melissa Rodrigues

Kim Mamhende Executive PA at The CAE said: "At The CAE, we are committed to creating a vibrant BAME community where marginalised groups are empowered. We are excited to be partnering with UWTSD and our very own member, Melissa, in delivering this project, bringing together communities and reducing isolation. Through these art workshops, groups will exchange their diverse cultures, work collaboratively and share skills."

Amanda Roberts, Senior Education Officer at UWTSD said: “Melissa Rodrigues is an exciting new artist and we are delighted to work with her and the Centre for African Entrepreneurship on this initiative. Melissa has designed an enjoyable and informal community art project that will reflect the vibrant multi-cultural community in Swansea while introducing exploring creativity and enterprise through Art & Design in higher education.”

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Note to Editor

The Swansea Centre for African Entrepreneurship (CAE)

The CAE provides a vital service Empowering BAME communities, reducing Isolation and promoting community cohesion

Since the community centre opened in Swansea in 2017 our activities with 100 young people a year have seen a drop-in unemployment among refugees in Swansea. Our annual events during global entrepreneurship week, and our mental health awareness workshops have brought people from different backgrounds and cultures together.

Members of the local community, especially men, no longer see mental health as a taboo subject. Young people have organised their own regular mental health and wellbeing awareness events, which have reduced social isolation, stress and anxiety. 50 people a week now have access to the internet by using our IT facilities, and so far, this year 35 people achieved computer work relevant qualifications with our centre. We have run a project to improve community cohesion by celebrating and showcasing the contribution of refugees into the local economy. Our Time to Work project has helped 42 people achieve a positive outcome after accessing our support.

Melissa Rodrigues

Melissa seeks to understand the effects of Africa’s 'untold history' on the lives of people of African descent in diaspora, having in mind that history is written by and for the victorious (dominant potency), it is common to know a lot from western perspective of global history and too little of the African continent contributions to global history.

She recognises that globalisation and mixture of cultures, and trade plays an important role in the confusion for one’s understanding of self and self-worth in the western world, for that reason her research turned to a new element, textile, as a piece that plays an important role in collectiveness and collective identity, Rodrigues has been exploring and researching on the routes of these pieces of cloth throughout history, their importance in our understanding of self as members of social groups, and the misconceptions about them.

UWTSD Widening Access

UWTSD is a Widening Participation University –and is committed to a policy of widening access and attracting more diverse student groups, to facilitate opportunities to student groups, to facilitate opportunities to study

OUTREACH @ SWANSEA COLLEGE OF ART, UWTSD offers a wide range of engagement activities that introduce the art college experience in a modern university setting. In addition to University Open Days and Taster days in individual departments, we offer introductory tours of the art college’s facilities and departments, half term workshops designed to develop your portfolio and provide the opportunity to apply to art college even if you haven’t studied art past GCSE, and individualised support to help you achieve your full creative potential.

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

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Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

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Corporate Communications and PR

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