Swansea College of Art and local galleries collaborate in multi-venue exhibition celebrating creativity in the city


A multi-venue art exhibition and collaboration between University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Swansea College of Art, Glynn Vivian Gallery, GS Artists, Mission Gallery and Elysium will open in a launch event on 24th September across Swansea’s city centre.

A black and white image of artists working together on large paintings on a wall

This special exhibition across different venues brings together the past and present of Swansea’s creative community and recognises the important collaborations between local art institutions over the past decades and centuries.

Featuring UWTSD alumni, current students and local artists as well as material from archives and interviews, the event celebrates UWTSD’s bicentenary year of Higher Education in Wales and the integral role art education by Swansea College of Art has played in the city’s cultural community and identity.

On Saturday 24th September there will be staggered openings of each venue so that visitors can attend the launch at each location in sequence and unrushed. Times are as follows:

Stiwdio Griffith, Swansea College of Art Dynevor Campus, 2-4pm

Glynn Vivian Gallery, 4-6pm

Mission Gallery, 4-6pm

GS Artists, 5-7pm

Elysium Gallery, 7-9pm

Lecturers Katherine Clewett and Alex Duncan at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art have both been instrumental in the liaison. Clewett says: “UWTSD is celebrating its 200-year bicentenary by hosting a series of citywide events. This is a collaboration of shared reciprocity and generosity between Swansea College of Art and local galleries that demonstrates the layers of Swansea's vibrant art scene.

Alex Duncan adds: “Mission Gallery, Elysium, Glynn Vivian and GS Studios have all supported graduates in many ways and understood that art schools provide a space to interrogate, debate and collaborate. A place where works in progress have the chance to pause and be considered, rather than rushed past. A site where hands-on learning and experimenting can flourish.

“This will be a celebration not only of Swansea College of Art within UWTSD, but an acknowledgment of the current value and relevance of art schools across the UK, where in some cases their very existence is under threat.”

The exhibition will remain open until 5th November and visitors should check opening times at each venue individually on all days apart from the launch, when the above timetable applies. All visitors are welcome and there will be refreshments available.

Founded in 1853, Swansea College of Art at University of Wales Trinity Saint David is a leading provider of Arts-related courses in Wales and the UK, ranked 3rd in the UK for Design & Craft, 5th in the UK for Art, and 9th in the UK for Fashion & Textiles.

Further Information

Ella Staden

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Press and Media Officer

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Corporate Communications and PR

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