Press Releases 2014-2015

Swansea College of Art, UWTSD, Discuss Location and Art Education


The Foundation Art and Design course at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD, in partnership with Mission Gallery, are working in collaboration with Q-Art on an event that discusses the theme of location and art education. Q-Art is run by a team of students and graduates whose aim is to break down the barriers to art education and contemporary art and support people into, through and beyond art education.

The all-day event, titled ‘Green and Golden’ will be a “Symposium Exploring the Impact of Location on Art Education and The Art School” and will take place on Saturday 27th June between 11am and 6pm at ALEX Design Exchange, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Alexandra Road, Swansea.

Inspired by Beck and Cornford’s book The Art School and The Culture Shed, the event invites people from across the sector (school, further education, higher education, arts council and arts organisations) to discuss the theme of location and art education.

Bella Kerr, Foundation Art and Design Course Leader said: “This event will bring together voices from across art education - at a time when we need to be talking to each other and working in collaboration, not as competitors. Key questions during the day might include, what relationship does the art school have to its local community, schools, and arts scene? Does location impact on who does or does not attend art school or shape what its graduates go on to do? How does the location of the art school shape its curriculum? What role does online and distance learning have on widening participation in art education and how important is the physical learning/studio space? What is the role of international partnerships? What is the role of art school in society and how has this evolved?”

Confirmed speakers include:

David Alston (Arts Director, Arts Council Wales), Dr Ian Walsh (Dean, Swansea College of Art) Bella Kerr (Foundation course leader, UWTSD), Catrin Webster (BA Fine Art course leader, UWTSD), Amanda Roderick (Director, Mission Gallery), David Hooper and Mari Bradbury (Welsh Joint Education Committee), Sophie Hadaway (Raising the Bar), Swansea Foundation Alumni, Matthew Cornford (Head of BA Critical Fine Art Practice, Brighton and author of The Art School and the Culture Shed), Kieren Reed (Undergraduate coordinator, Slade School of Art), Christian Lloyd (Curriculum Leader BA Visual Communications, Open College of the Arts), Michelle Letowska (Lecturer BA Fine Art, Lews Castle College/University of the Highlands & Islands), Dereck Harris (Head of Painting at Wimbledon College of Art), and Dr. Stephen Felmingham.

 The event will coincide with two exhibitions in Swansea, Time Let Me Play at The National Waterfront Museum and Gathered Again at Mission Gallery featuring the work of the UWTSD Foundation staff and alumni respectively. A visit to these venues will be scheduled at the end of the day – where there will also be a closing reception.

Ticket price is £22.50 and includes entry to the event as well as lunch/refreshments, a Q-Art book of choice, and 10% off Q-Art’s next publication.

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Note to Editor

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  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. 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
  4. 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