12th in the UK for Art

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We’ve been named top in Wales and 12th in the UK for Art – Guardian University guide league tables 2017.


‘Material Matters’ Applied Arts exhibition

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The Applied Arts department of The North Wales School of Art and Design, Glyndwr University is passionate about craft and the importance of making.
As such they are holding an exhibition of regional makers in a wide range of materials including, ceramics, glass and jewellery/silversmithing, at their Regent Street Campus in Wrexham.
The exhibition features Wendy Lawrence, Wayne Clark, Simon Shaw, Meri Wells, Jennifer Barker, Brian Duffy, Steph Brown,  Julie Mellor, Cerys Alonso and Sarah Hoare.
The Exhibition ‘Material Matters’ is open from 10am until 4pm from the 3rd to the 6th May 2016.
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Guardians of the Border – talk, performances and artwork at Holt, Wrexham.

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On Saturday 27th February, as part of Oriel Wrecsam’s Offsite projects, Fine Art students with their Lecturer Paul Jones made a series of works that explored the notion of borders and community.  The event included a talk by Lesley Martin, an artist and river dweller, who discussed her current project concerned with the Plotlander community living along the banks of the River Dee. There was an engaging and poetic performance by Fine Art student Thomas Meilleur, in response to a pilgrimage to the source of the River Dee. Other exhibitors included BA Fine Art students Paul Heppell, Thomas Perring, Richard Serridge, Seiza Friedrich Lord Black Art and MA student Rory Hickford. The day ended with a slapstick styled skirmish at Holt/Farndon Bridge that included a Knight, a Welsh Dragon and 1980’s fashioned DJ!

Global Games Jam at NWSAD 

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Last weekend saw 17 students from MDes and BA (Hons) Design: Animation, Visual Effects & Game Art programmes take part in the annual Global Game Jam. The goal of the Game Jam is to bring anyone with an interest in games together and attempt to make a computer or traditional game from start to finish within a strict 48 hour period. This year broke all records with over 36,000 ‘jammers’ taking part across 93 countries and over the whole weekend 6800 games were created worldwide.

The keynote opening was delivered by Chris Payne, lead programmer at Traveller’s Tales Games and the secret theme was revealed at 5pm on Friday evening. The theme was simply the word ‘Ritual’. The students then had until exactly 5pm Sunday evening to design and make an entire game. There was a lot of coffee drunk, a lot of pizza eaten and importantly a lot of fun had by all.

All levels of the undergraduate Design programmes took part, along with students from the BSc Game Development programme. Together they produced an amazing 16 fully working games that can be downloaded and played from the Glyndŵr University Game Jam link. http://globalgamejam.org/2016/jam-sites/glyndwr-university-global-game-jam/

The Global Game Jam takes place every year at the end of January. Anyone wishing to find out more about how it works, or in participating themselves, can contact Simon Hall s.hall@glyndwr.ac.uk .

First Prize Oxford University Press for Illustration

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Congratulations to second year Illustration, Graphic Novels & Children’s Publishing students, Tuisku Hiltunen (from Finland) who has won first place in the Oxford University Press Illustration Competition. The brief was to represent the idea of community in a vibrant and cosmopolitan Britain.


The judges said of Tusk’s work;
We were all delighted with the level of detail and skill they’d worked into their piece, and the colour palette was gorgeous. It was a very complex brief for them to follow and they did it beautifully. It was a very clever composition. Our particular favourite section is the magician with his top hat and coloured scarves trailing out of his suitcase, and the lady leaning out of the window trying to catch her parrot! Truly, an extraordinary piece of work.

Work/Space Big Move

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For the past two months Artist Emily Speed has been artist in residence at North Wales School of Art & Design. On Wednesday Emily with students from the BA (Hons) Fine Art programme proceeded through Wrexham town with her new artwork. Much to the amusement and interest of passers by, WORK/SPACE was navigated from Regent Street to Oriel Wrecsam where it is now installed. Emily created the WORK/SPACE from furniture purchased from The People’s Market. WORK/SPACE is a relational space for the public to engage with in fun and creative ways.

“It’s been a great experience to be welcomed into an institution and to be able to have conversations with staff, students and technicians – these are things you miss greatly when you mostly work alone” explained Emily, “I am very thankful for the relationships that developed through the project.”

Lecturer of Fine Art Paul Jones expressed his admiration for how the students have participated in the project, “To work alongside an internationally acclaimed artist like Emily is an invaluable experience and really compliments their learning. All the students involved did a great job. 3rd year fine art student Paul (Heppell) was amazing, he gave 100% to the project, very professional”.

Emily has also published a zine including essays and drawing by students and Regent Street staff. Free Copies of the zine are available from the Art School Shop.

Emily’s residency at NWSAD was in association with Oriel Wrecsam’s Off Site Projects.