Press Releases 2014-2015

Public Vote for Dylan Thomas Student Art and Design Award


The power is the hands of the public as they are being invited to vote in the inaugural University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Dylan Thomas Student Art and Design Award.

Central to its celebration of the centenary of Dylan Thomas' birth, UWTSD has created the inaugural International Dylan Thomas Awards. The Dylan Thomas Student Art and Design Award is a part of this and not only celebrates the poet’s birth but also the bringing together of the two oldest art schools in Wales, in Swansea and Carmarthen, as part of the recently merged UWTSD.

Shortly before his death in 1953, Dylan Thomas made a final broadcast in New York, reading his prose entitled 'Laugharne'. It contained a lengthy detailed description of the small seaside town which ends with the phrase “…here we just are, and there is nowhere like it anywhere at all.” These words were the inspiration from which students were encouraged to create a new piece of art work.

A panel of judges at UWTSD whittled down the entries to a shortlist of sixteen which now make up a virtual exhibition and online public vote on the University’s Facebook page. The public are invited to view each submission and supporting statement before selecting the design/s they like. Votes are cast by clicking the 'like' button on the appropriate image/s.

To view the artwork visit

Voting ends Noon, this Friday 27 June 2014. Following the deadline, the five pieces of work with the most votes will move forward to a panel of judges where an overall winner will be chosen.

The winner will be announced on Saturday 12 July 2014 at the UWTSD International Dylan Thomas Awards ceremony at Swansea's National Waterfront Museum. The winning student artist will receive an award of £200 and the artwork will be exhibited at the Dylan Thomas Centre for the following year

Also during the Awards Ceremony the winners of the ‘Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award’ and the ‘Dylan Thomas International Glass Award’ will be announced from a shortlist of international entrants.

For more information about all of UWTSD’s Dylan Thomas centenary events, visit

Note to Editor

  1. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  2. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Senior PR and Communications Officer
07872 423788