UWTSD appoints Welsh medium Artists in Residence


Three Welsh medium artists in residence have been appointed by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to work with its art and design staff and students.

A flyer advertising the introductory showcase.

In partnership with Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Karolina Jones, Lily Mŷrennyn and Ffion Richardson will be based at Swansea College of Art during this academic year where they will mentor students during their studies. The role is intended to support students at Swansea College of Art, particularly those who are Welsh-speaking, and to encourage them to use the language.  In addition, they will have an opportunity to develop their creative practice as artists.

Lily Mŷrennyn said: “It’s quite an honour to be one of the artists in residence. It is wonderful that we can share our appreciation of the Welsh language with our creative practice.”

The role was offered to the three following an interview process, where they had to display examples of their artwork and create a presentation in front of a panel.

All three have graduated from Swansea College of Art and have enjoyed their time as students at UWTSD. Lily graduated from the BA Illustration course in 2020, Ffion from the BA Surface Pattern course in 2021 and Karolina from the MA Visual Communication course in 2021.  For all three, returning to the College of Art and immersing themselves in the creative atmosphere has been wonderful.

Karolina Jones said: “The College of Art welcomes Welsh speakers of all levels, particularly learners which is wonderful, and a role such as this shows the importance of promoting the language across the faculty.”

All three hope that working within the College of Art environment and having access to all its facilities will help develop their practices as artists over the next year.

For Lily, she hopes to incorporate more of her creative practice such as ceramics and textiles into her illustration practice.  Another hope of hers is to try to work more on narrative projects.

Karolina wishes to further develop her Welsh language skills. She hopes to have more experience in typography, textiles, ceramics and a range of other things. Another of her plans is to do more work about her Polish and Welsh identity.

Ffion will continue with her Surface Pattern work in order to gain more work experience to be able to develop as a confident young designer. Ffion also has her own business creating hand ceramics and she sells the produce on Instagram.

As one of their first duties as Welsh artists in residence, the work of the three will be displayed in an introductory exhibition entitled ‘Gwreiddiau’ (‘Roots’) at the ‘Creative Bubble’ in Swansea from 5-11 November.

Ffion Richardson said: “We decided to name the exhibition ‘Gwreiddiau’ as the exhibition shows work that represents part of our identity. This can be a personal identity, a creative identity, or a mixture of both.”

Gwenllian Beynon, Welsh Language Coordinator at Swansea College of Art, said:

“It is great to be back teaching on campus and to have 3 Welsh artists in residence here with us this year to work with the staff and students to promote the use of the Welsh language at Swansea College of Art. The role of the artists in residence involves working as artists as well as working on a daily basis with University staff and students.  I am really looking forward to working with the three this year.”

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