This is a project to celebrate 200 years of University of Trinity St David and Swansea College of Art. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and GS Artists are putting together a celebration of art schools. This multi-faceted project will include workshops, talks, exhibitions, audio archive, and commissioned texts.
We want to look at how art participates in the centre of a healthy functioning society such as Swansea, with its School of Art at the core. As an institution because of its location, it has always played a central part in the art scene and its relationship with the galleries has been one of reciprocity and generosity, from exhibiting both students and lecturers, providing employment through to sharing resources and space.
We would like to consider the past, the present and the future contexts of what is understood as art education. What art education has been and what it can become.
We are familiar with the art school alumni of artists curators, writers, educators but we would like to find many more voices and stories, particularly in a context where politically the practice and the presence of art education is pushed to the periphery of societal experience.
We want to talk to you about your memories of being an art student, about your contemporaries, about Swansea at the time of your education.
We are interested in talking to you if you did not continue with art but feel that the education equipped you creatively for your future.
We are interested in who you studied with, who taught you, who you admired, who you are still in contact with.
We would love to gather imaged from your memorabilia; images, invitations, photographs, slides in any format.
Please contact us at email@example.com to be involved.