Press Releases 2014-2015

Solo Exhibition for UWTSD Graduate and International Young Artist of the Year


British Council Wales International Young Artist of the Year and University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) graduate Andrew Morris has opened an exhibition of his work.

Twenty-three year old Andrew graduated from UWTSD Swansea in 2013 with a degree in photography. Last November he was crowned British Council Wales’ inaugural International Young Artist of the Year. He has now opened a solo exhibition of his work at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, which runs until Sunday 18th May.

Entitled ‘What’s Left Behind’, Andrew has developed the exhibition from a project he started while at UWTSD. It involved photographing the interiors of properties that had either been repossessed or whose owners had died.

Andrew said: “The interiors depicted in the photographs appear calm and contemplative. Reading glasses still perched on the windowsill and bedrooms with beds that seem to have been freshly made; you could easily be mistaken in believing the owner had just popped out.

“However, if you look a little closer you’ll find that something isn’t quite right. Peeling wallpaper, a single photograph on an empty bookshelf – these are homes that are being cleared out following repossession or the passing of its owner. Seeing these possessions makes us consider and reflect upon the ideas of home, family and ownership.”

It was the work on show in this exhibition that impressed the judges of the Wales International Artist of the Year award. The award was created to identify a new pool of young talent across the creative sector, and to nurture their talent by offering national and international exposure.

The competition was open to artists who were born in Wales or are a resident in the country, and were aged between seventeen and twenty-five.

Andrew received a £500 prize and will have an international platform to show his work through the British Council’s network of offices in six continents and over 100 countries.

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was formed in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 Swansea Metropolitan University merged into the University.
  2. The University’s 1828 Royal Charter is the oldest in Wales and is third to Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH The Prince of Wales is the University’s Royal Patron.
  3. On 1 August 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged into the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group but will retain its own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged into the group in January 2014.

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