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Talented graduating artists scoop prizes at summer exhibition

At their end of year degree show, students from University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Swansea College of Art scooped numerous awards in recognition of their talent and hard work.

Each year, the Summer Show exhibition presents the culmination of degree work by graduating students. Their final pieces are viewed by staff and professionals on the lookout for standout talent.

The specifications of this year’s prizegivers were varied, from seeking work with retail potential to rewarding students who have performed excellently whilst experiencing adversity during their studies.

The ceremony was held in Dynevor courtyard at UWTSD on the opening night of the show on 19th May, with hundreds gathering to hear the results and a speech from the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Medwin Hughes.

Addressing the students, he said: “You can go anywhere, you can dream the dreams, you can create anything you want because you’ve got the belief in the value of art, of colour, of picture, of texture. You can interpret the world for the benefit of others.

“We’re all very proud. As you graduate this year, all I can tell you is: go for it! Make a difference, make your mark, because if you believe in yourself, your creativity will not only tell your story but it will change the world.”

Below are the details of the winners:

Artist Benevolent Scholarship £10,000, presented by Sue Williams

Winner: Adam Charlton, Fine Art

Haydn John James Layton Painting and Drawing Prize £1000 each, presented by Holly Slingsby

Winner: Angelika Mika, Fine Art

Winner: Katie Griffiths, Illustration

Josef Herman Foundation Art Award in Memory of Carolyn Davies £500, presented by Jackie Hankins

Winner: Hannah Henson, Fine Art

Old Dyvorian’s Award £375 each, presented by David Taylor

Winner: Dafydd Wilson, Graphic Design

Winner: Safiyyah Altaf, Surface Pattern Design

Winner: Dawson Edwards, Fine Art

Winner: Niam ODobhainn, Fine Art

Elizabeth Jeffries Prize £200, presented by Georgia McKie

Winner: Lucy Ralph, Surface Pattern and Textiles

Rhys Bevan Jones Prize £200, presented by Gwen Beynon

Winner: Arianne Nicholas, Illustration

Mission Gallery Craft Prize, presented by Rhian Jones, Mission Gallery

Winner: Nia Gray, Surface Pattern and Textiles

Highly Commended: Hannah Sharpe, Design Crafts

UWTSD Inspire Awards £200 each, presented by Chris Holtom

Corey McComb, Graphic Design

Caleb Morris, Creative Music Technology

Joshua Rees, Photography

Hannah Evans, Product Design

Zachery Dunlop, Design Crafts