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Check out our school in the news below. To find out more about the university’s news, see our news section. Below you can also see what events we are hosting including our subject days where prospective students can experience a course taster session (starting again in the Autumn keep checking the website). See our full list of subject days.

Latest News


Theatre student lands dream job: Isabella Provenzano, who completed her BA (Hons) in Theatre, Television and Performance earlier this year has landed a dream job – travelling across northern and central Italy performing to children to teach them English through theatre. Isabella – originally from Sicily– is looking forward to returning to Italy to join the Lingue Senza Frontiere theatre company for a touring performance starting in 2019.

Find out more about our Theatre, Television and Performance course

Games studio celebrate competition win: A games studio set up by entrepreneurial Wrexham Glyndŵr University graduates has secured development cash from the UK Games Fund as part of the Tranzfuser programme, designed to help develop new teams in the games industry. Samurai Duck is the latest achievement of our renowned computer game development courses which are helping to develop North Wales as a key hub for games development. 

Read more about our BA Games Art course
National Lottery Award

National Lottery Award: Steve Jarvis, Programme Leader for BA Game Art has recently been awarded a National Lottery Award to develop Virtually Learning! - a new project inspired by immersive technology and education. The 'Virtually Learning' idea was derived from the need, highlighted by young people in the community, to inspire young people in North Wales to engage with technology and explore career options that they may never have had the opportunity to pursue, due to learning differences, social and economic status or a lack of engagement with education in the past.

Find our more about our Game Art course
Antiques Roadshow

Students go behind the scenes of Antiques Roadshow: students on our Creative Media Technology courses got to go behind the scenes at the filming of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow on the Erddig Estate in Wrexham on Thursday 26th July. The students had the opportunity to work alongside the production and filming crew and even got to meet the presenter of the show Fiona Bruce.

Find out more about our BSc Television Production and Technology course
Raku firing

Ceramics demonstration: Ceramic Wales this year featured John Scott's demonstration of basic Raku firing techniques. Raku is a process in which work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by being placed in containers of combustible materials. This blackens raw clay and causes crazing in the glaze surface. Watch the video

Join one of our Ceramics evening classes
Ceramic Wales

Ceramic Wales: Ceramic Wales once again welcomed visitors to a wonderful exhibition from 13th-15th July featuring about 50 makers stands, demonstrations and lectures, trade stands and installations. This year's "Made in Wales" exhibition room featured the work of Walter and Madoline Keeler and Terry and Bev Bell-Hughes. The event was supported by Ruthin Craft Centre with Philip Hughes delivering the welcome address at the launch on Friday evening. 

Try your hand at making ceramics on our short courses.
Jess Duffy

New Designers success for students: Applied Arts students enjoyed success at the New Designers event which was held in London from 27th-30th June. Jess Duffy (pictured) won the National Trust ‘One to Watch’ award, several students were awarded ‘Spotted’ certificates and Jane Samuels was chosen to talk about her ceramics as part of the Design Nation UK guided tour. The second week of New Designers will feature work from our Graphic Design and Illustration students.

Find out more about our BA Applied Arts course
History Taster Day

History taster day: A group of history enthusiasts took part in a history taster day on 28th June. The group, pictured with lecturers Peter Bolton and Kathryn Ellis heard about Wrexham’s hidden artistic past, the life of Elizabeth I, and Victorian Crime and Punishment. 

Find out more about our History course
Paul - flags

Protest, Performance and the Public Sphere: Paul Jones, lecturer in Fine Art, presented a paper entitled Flags as Performative Devices in Protest and Critical Art Practice at the '1968 - 2018 Protest, Performance and the Public Sphere' interdisciplinary symposium in Warwick from 7-9 June 2018. 50 years on from the wave of popular protest which swept across Europe, India and North and South America in 1968, this symposium explored what we can learn from these events, how the public engages with political process in current scenarios, and to what extent popular protest, performative intervention and the public sphere are intertwined. 

Find out more about Paul's research interests
Dance of Life

Students involved in Elsi Eldridge project: students on our Graphic Design course have been working alongside the RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society to create a website dedicated to celebrated artist (and wife of the poet RS Thomas), Elsi Eldridge. Three final year students produced proposals for the website and recently met the Director of the Society, Susan Fogarty, and Glyndŵr lecturer Pauline Amphlett to discuss the proposals.The Society is currently working on a project to reproduce The Dance of Life in nine panels for exhibition at their Poetry and Art Festival which runs from June 28 to July 1.

Find out more about our Graphic Design course

Game Art student launches game on App store: one of our former graduates Max has worked on the Candleman game which sees a little candle making his way through a dark world as he struggles to reach the great light of the lighthouse in the distance. As he makes his way through ever more dangerous environments, it's up to players to help him reach his goal before his flame burns out. 

Find out more about our Game Art course
History students

History students gain work experience: Two of our current second year History students have completed placements as part of their 'History in the Workplace' module. This module places students in a museum/archive/library or other suitable setting and allows for practical engagement with history. Claire Henderson and Shaun Jones have worked, respectively, in Gladstone’s Library (Hawarden) and on the Brymbo Heritage site.

Read more about our History course
Level up

Gaming expo hits Wrexham: Level Up Wales is a science, gaming and technology expo based at Wrexham Glyndwr University aimed at helping promote and grow the local, regional games and technology industries through exhibition space, workshops and business networking. Level Up Wales 2018 will be the largest ever meeting of games developers and tech companies from across North Wales showcasing games applications, products and related technology ranging from student work to full professional products. Come and visit - free and open to all.

Find out more about our Game Art course

New album for lecturer: Steff Owens a lecturer on our Creative Media Technology courses has been a professional musician and recording artist for all of his working life with performances at Glastonbury Festival, NXNE, The Millennium Stadium & Murrayfield. He plays the drums and sings in his band Seazoo. Listen and download their latest album Trunks


Find out more about our courses in Creative Media Technology
Handmade Kew

Applied Arts students exhibiting at Kew: Two of our Applied Arts students, Lesa Grimes- Thomas and Louise Taylor have had their work selected to be exhibited at this year’s Handmade at Kew exhibition which will take place from Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 October 2018. Handmade in Britain is regarded by exhibitors and visitors alike as a leading organiser of selling events in the UK contemporary craft calendar. With annual visitor figures exceeding 15,000 (and rising), Handmade in Britain events are, year-on-year, a highlight for UK designer-makers, collectors, industry professionals and design enthusiasts.

Find out more about our Applied Arts course
Glyndwr TV

Live bands perform at Focus Wales: 10th-12th May saw the return of Focus Wales to Wrexham. This year's live acts included bands such as City Gates, DTSQ, Moja and 3Peat as well as soloists such as Ada Lea, Arlo Maverick and Declan O'Donovan. Filmed and recorded by our own Creative Media students and staff you can listen to the performances on our own Glyndwr TV YouTube channel.

Find out more about our Creative Media courses

Festival work experience for student: One of our Creative Media Technology students, Toni known as Teekaybee gained some valuable and real world work experience with Graeme Park at the Highest Point  3 day music festival which took place on the 18th-20th May 2018 in Williamson Park, Lancaster. 

Find out more about our courses in Creative Media Technology
Charley Wiles

Graphic Design student's work published in national newspapers: Charley Wiles, who is studying Graphic Design and Multimedia has combined her love of musical theatre with her passion for graphic design and photography. Fuelling her long held passion for theatre, she secured a placement at Theatr Clwyd in Mold where her work so impressed staff that they asked her back to take pictures for a forthcoming production - a musical entitled The Assassination of Katie Hopkins. 

Read more here.
History FB Live

History lecturers host Facebook live session: Two of our lecturers on our BA History course, Kathryn Ellis and Peter Bolton hosted a Facebook live session for prospective students to make contact and ask questions about studying with us. Watch the video

Find out more about our History course.
Graeme Park

Dance legends at Focus Wales festival: Wrexham Glyndŵr University lecturer – and Haçienda legend – Graeme Park along with artist, DJ and producer Gerald Simpson – better known as A Guy Called Gerald - appeared at an event in Tŷ Pawb in Wrexham town centre as part of the Focus Wales festival. The session, on Friday, May 11 focused on Gerald’s contribution to dance music culture and recalled the night where one of his best-known tracks, Voodoo Ray was first aired to the Haçienda crowd.

Read more here
Polar ice caps

Journalism student achieves national coverage: Callum Rice-Coates, a student on our Journalism course has had his first piece published in a national. Callum's piece in i News covered one of the most improbable games of football in the world in the desolate, frozen landscape of Greenland. The men from a Norwegian patrol vessel were playing football to pass the time during a lull in their mission to calculate the total population of seals in the area.

Read more about our Journalism course
Complete Uni logo

Art and Design ranked top 3: In the most recent Complete University Guide we ranked 3rd in Wales for student satisfaction and top 20 among all UK universities for Art and Design.

Find out more about our Art and Design courses

Eurovision job for graduate: A dream job covering the Eurovision song contest has become a reality for broadcasting graduate Jamie Davies, from Malpas. A keen Eurovision fan, Jamie will be reporting from the semi-finals in Lisbon next month. In the meantime, he has been recording a series of hour-long radio shows on the contest which are broadcast on Calon FM, based in the University’s Creative Industries Building.

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Jeweller Wins Dragon's Support: Sarah Hoare, a graduate of our Applied Arts course and teacher on our jewellery Short Course has been recognised by Dragon Theo Paphitis. Sarah who has set up her own jewellery company Bird and Monkey based on jewellery from children's drawings tweeted Theo's Small Business Sunday and was picked as one of 6 winners. Sarah was invited to a conference to meet Theo and other business leaders and was recently interviewed on North Wales Live.

Join our Jewellery evening classes
Dan Berry

Illustration lecturer book signing: To mark the release onto the world of their first graphic novel collaboration, Eisner-nominated cartoonist Dan Berry (lecturer in Illustration in the School of Creative Arts) and Manchester-based micro-fiction writer and novelist David Gaffney will be chatting about The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head and signing copies of the book (ut now with US publishers Topshelf) at Travelling Man, Manchester on 28 April 2018. 

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MA graduate published in Dovetail Journal: Jake Astbury, one of our MA graduates has had his work published in the peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal Dovetail which links academics, creative practice-based researchers and postgraduates from different universities across the UK, Europe, Australia and the US. The journal invites international collaboration and an outward looking sensibility towards future cross-disciplinary research in both creative and critical practice. Jake's piece is also going to be included in a group exhibition at CARN/Balaclafa Caernarfon in a show called ‘Alternative Landscapes’. 

Find out more about our MA postgraduate course
Little Scholars Nursery

Theatre students perform for Nursery audience: A group of first year theatre students performed to two and three year olds from the Little Scholars Nursery as part of the Drama in the Community module which asked them to devise a piece of theatre for a young audience. The performance, held in the Techniquest Glyndŵr theatre was on the theme of Spring and was centred on Farmer Geraint and the animals and plants on his farm.

Find out more about our Theatre, Television and Performance degree
Harry Wright

Graduate lands dream media job: Broadcasting, Journalism and Media Communications student Harry Wright has landed his dream media job as a journalist with The Leader at Wrexham. Harry, 22, originally from Malpas, is putting all his media skills to use covering stories from armed raids to golden wedding anniversaries. Opportunities during his degree years included working with the Wrexham AFC communications team, handling the media for the university’s motor racing team and working with local football club, TNS.

Read more about our Broadcasting, Journalism and Media Communications course
360° Applied Arts

360° Applied Arts: Second year Applied Arts students specialising in metalsmithing, glass and ceramics in combination with other materials such as plastics and wood have put together a dynamic show based on a brief called 360°. Part of being an applied artist is the attention to detail and the perfection of making. In this sense, there is no ‘back’ to a piece of jewellery or glass and no ‘base’ to a ceramic form; every part should be well finished as the viewer will be able to see the object from every angle - 360°. The exhibition is situated next to The Applied Arts Shop in Ty Pawb from 18th April for a month.

Find out more about our Applied Arts course
Arts in Health logo

Arts in Health: Sue Liggett, Head of Research Centre for Creative Arts attended a meeting of the Wales Arts for Health Network in April. The Wales Arts for Health Network is coordinated by Engage Cymru (the UK’s leading organisation for the gallery education sector) with support from Arts Council Wales Sharing Together funding. Over the years, the network has delivered a wide range of arts and health projects for socially isolated older people and those experiencing mental health issues.

Read more about Engage Cymru
Painting workshop

Between Hands 2: Painting Workshop - Fine Art lecturer John McClenaghen and visiting guest Christopher McHugh delivered a workshop to our Fine Art students from 10am-4:30pm in Regent Street on 16th April.

Find out more about our Fine Art course
Stand and Deliver exhibition

'Stand and Deliver' exhibition - Ruthin Craft Centre - Unit 2 until Wednesday 18th April.
Exhibition of work produced by first year Applied Arts students specialising in ceramics and jewellery/metalwork. During the project students explored initial design ideas and utilised new making techniques and construction methods to examine unusual ways of serving food. From ambiguous implements to alternative containers, the work has been inspired by a range of themes including: geometry, surface pattern and the natural world.    

Find out more about our BA Applied Arts course
Commonwealth mascot

Animation graduate designs mascot for Commonwealth Games: The eye-catching mascot for Australia’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games was brought to life by one of our former students, Ian Anderson. Ian who studied design communications and animation now works as an Animation director. He led a team of artists to design Borobi, a blue koala, and bring the character to life. 

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Ty Pawb

Tŷ Pawb opens - 2nd April - Tŷ Pawb is a new cultural community resource in Wrexham, bringing together arts and markets within the same footprint. This coexistence will celebrate the significance of markets within Wrexham’s cultural heritage and identity.The development will be a new space for dialogue around subjects including social and civic issues, the environment, health, cultural identity, sustainability and education and will present a contemporary programme of welcoming and inclusive exhibitions, socially engaged projects and live performances. The programme will emphasise skills and craft, working with emerging and established artists from all backgrounds.

Read more about Tŷ Pawb
Journalism staff

Journalism staff columnists in new magazine: Broadcast, Journalism and Media Communications senior lecturer Janet Jones and lecturer Jonathan Simcock are columnists in Midland News Association’s new magazine Shropshire Weekly. Both journalists have worked for the publishing group in the past, so jumped at the chance to write a column when asked.

Find out more about our Journalism courses
Calon FM

Calon FM celebrates 10 years on the air: Calon FM, Wrexham’s own Award Winning community radio station celebrated 10 years on the air in March. Since March 2008 the station has built up its schedule to offer a wide range of shows for all tastes and provides an invaluable platform for people in Wrexham to have their voices heard.

Take a look at what Calon FM has to offer
Austerity, Adversity, Art? - NAFAE Conference

Austerity, Adversity, Art? 4 staff from the School of Creative Arts spoke at the NAFAE  (National Association for Fine Art Education) Conference in Wolverhampton on the 23rd March.

  • Adam Cooke & Paul Jones - Precarious practices, precarious futures
  • Alec Shepley & Paul Jones - Overlapping species of spaces: exploiting ecotones in an urban setting and various attempts at increasing artistic biodiversity
  • John McClenaghen - Between Hands – Painting as a Negotiated Space
Read more about our staff
Inaugural Lecture by Professor Alec Shepley

Inaugural Lecture by Head of the School - Professor Alec Shepley delivered his inaugural lecture on 15th November in which he explored some fundamental questions around art, its products and practices. He looked at the role of boundary-breaking, improvisation and how a peripatetic and arguably a post-organizational artistic cultural tendency, attempts to bring art and art practice outside traditional institutional settings and embed it within the contours of contemporary urban landscapes. The University's Inaugural Lectures aim to showcase and celebrate the academic excellence of the University’s professorial staff, and bring leading research and thinking to the wider community. Inaugural lecture

Read Alec's staff profile

Please see below a list of upcoming events involving our staff and students. We hope you can attend these events to find out more about what we do at the School of Creative Arts.


What's On

20-26 Aug
MA Degree Show
20th - 26th August 2018

This year our Postgraduate students will be exhibiting their end of year work in the newly opened Ty Pawb space in Wrexham. Come along and see the public display of work from students on our MA Art Practice and MA Design Practice courses.

Find our more about our Postgraduate courses

29-18 SEP
Wayne Clark Ceramics exhibition
29th September - 18th November 2018

Wayne Clark, one of our staff in Applied Arts will be showcasing his ceramics work at an exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre.

Join one of our Ceramics evening class courses

4-7 OCT
Handmade at Kew
4th - 7th October 2018

Two of our Applied Arts students, Lesa Grimes- Thomas and Louise Taylor will be exhibiting their work at this year’s Handmade at Kew exhibition.

Find out more about our Applied Arts course

15-16 OCT
UCAS Create your future
15th-16th October 2018

Come and meet us at the UCAS Create your future event at the ExCeL London and find out about our courses.

See a full list of our courses

27-28 NOV
UCAS Create your future
27th-28th November 2018

Come and meet us at the UCAS Create your future event at Manchester Central and find out about our courses.

See a full list of our courses

Creative Futures 2017

As part of Creative Futures 2017, Creative Media Technology lecturer Graeme Park interviewed soul singer Natasha Watts in our TV studio in the Centre for Creative Industries. Watch the interview below.

Creative Futures is a module within the School of Creative Arts, giving students an insight into various areas of the art, design and media industries and providing an understanding of career opportunities, the employment market and how you might function within it. 

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