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Next generation of creative talent celebrated at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art

UWTSD is known for celebrating creative talent and last Thursday evening they showcased the next generation of creatives.

The University welcomed pupils from Gowerton and Bishop Gore Comprehensives, Coleg Gwent, St Clare’s Porthcawl, Ysgol Gyfun Bryntawe, Dylan Thomas and Ysgol Dyffryn Aman schools to take part in a series of events for Swansea’s Got Textiles Talent – giving them a unique opportunity to look ahead if they choose to continue studying Textiles and Surface Pattern at HE.

There were opportunities to tour the department, engage with current and past students, view a curated Exhibition of other Secondary students’ fantastic work and it culminated in a Prize Giving Ceremony hosted by guest judge, S4C’s Huw Rees.

Programme Director Georgia McKie said: “Swansea’s Got Textiles Talent brings together teachers and specialists to share great practice, skills, and knowledge, whilst showcasing the brilliant opportunities there are for careers in Textiles and the wider Surface Pattern field.

“We are exhibiting and celebrating a selection of secondary student work, giving pupils a unique insight into what could lay ahead.  We are showcasing some of our Surface Pattern & Textiles graduates, so participants can see where the energy and attributes detailed in our awards categories can lead them in their lives and careers.”

Caroline Thraves, Academic Director for Swansea College of Art said: “We are delighted to host Swansea’s Got Textile Talent and not only share the talents of our current and past students but invite new talent to join us from schools and colleges across Wales.

“BA Surface Pattern and Textiles at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD was ranked in the Guardian League Table 2023 as 3rd in the UK for Fashion and Textile and 1st in Wales. We are sector leading and we want to be able to share this knowledge and experience to help inform young people on their creative journey.”

In addition, the exhibition celebrates Cwilt200 and exhibits the final piece on campus for the first time.  This project is a culmination of a collaboration between many schools and colleges partners and their own Surface Pattern and Textiles students.

The exhibition is open until 28th September and is open to schools and colleges groups, and teachers and tutors to visit.