Competition success for final year students at Swansea College of Art.


Talented students from the Swansea College of Art have been awarded prizes for their final projects at the end-of-year graduate art show. After two years of absence, the art shows enabled students to finally present their work in person, meet with art lovers, family and friends to celebrate their success. Previous graduates exhibited their work online, which provided this year’s graduates with some inspiration when starting their own projects, and enabled graduates from 2020 and 2021 to show their work to galleries, employers and potential buyers, an essential aspect to launching a successful career in the competitive art world.

Staff and students celebrating at Swansea College of Art

Caroline Thraves, Academic Director at Swansea College of Art said: “The graduate summer show celebrates the culmination of student’s study with us within the various fields of art and design from fine art through to design crafts and everything in between. The show is spread across a number of venues, Dynevor, Alex Road Campus, The Waterfront Museum and The Quadrant shopping centre. On the front of our Dynevor Campus you will see a large piece of artwork which states ‘Art Colleges Change the World’, and that is indeed what you will see at our graduate shows, students/graduates who will change the world”.

Staff and students celebrating at Swansea College of Art

The prizes awarded and student winners are listed below:

  • Worshipful Livery Company Wales: £2500 winner Tomos Sparnon Fine Art Graduate Presented by Stuart Castledine Worshipful Livery Company Wales
  • Hayden John James Prize(s): £1000 PG, £1000 UG. UG Fine Art Redhab Jafar. PG Illustration Joshua Rush. Presented by Prof Karen MacKinnon, Diector of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and UWTSD Professor of Practice. Prize selected by Professors of Practice, Prof Karen MacKinnon, Prof Jenni Spencer Davies, Prof Marc Rees.
  • Elizabeth Jeffries Prize: £250, Winner Damasque Wells Surface Pattern. Presented By Georgia McKie, Programme Manager
  • UWTSD Inspire Awards: 5 awards £200 each, to be selected Presented by Chris Holtom Inspire. Mollie Larcombe Graphic Design, Ann Dineen Photography, Adam Higgins Product Design, Ellie Jones Surface Pattern, Timothy Cromarty Creative Music Technology.
  • Josef Herman Carolyn Davies Prize: £500 winner Redhab Jafar presented by Jackie Hankins The Josef Herman Foundation
  • Rhys Bevan Jones Illustration Prize: £200 winner Katie Bayliss and Eleanor Curtis. Presented by Gwen Beynon
  • Artist Benevolent Fund Scholarship: £10,000 prize presented by Prof Tim Davies– winner Owain Sparnon Fine Art Graduate
  • Freelands Painting Prize: Winner Adam Charlton, presented by Prof Tim Davies
  • WISA Post-Covid Creative Arts Bursary : Jessica Pritchard. First year Graphic Design. Presented by Donna Williams Programme Manager 

For more information on the exhibitions which are taking place across Swansea please visit Swansea College of Art Summer Shows 2022. Take a look at the creative arts and drama courses available at our Swansea Campus here: Swansea College of Art | UWTSD

Staff and students celebrating at Swansea College of Art

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