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2017/18 News

Oswestry Mayor

History graduate becomes Mayor of Oswestry: one of our former graduates has recently been elected Mayor of Oswestry for 2018/19. Councillor Sandy Best who was elected in March said it was a huge personal honour to be elected as mayor, an office dating back to 1674. She said: “As a historian I would like to remind my colleagues that every time you make a decision you are contributing to the history of this town."

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Alien Project Athens

Students join European project in Athens: Staff and students from the School of Creative Arts have been involved in a number of European Erasmus activities over the past few months. In February, 9 students and 3 staff including Adam Cooke (Graphic Design) and Paul Jones (Fine Art) visited Athens as part of the Alien Project - a collaborative project involving staff and students from Greece, Poland, Scotland and Wales aimed at contributing to greater equity and social cohesion within Europe. The students attended a series of Living Lab workhops based in Technopolis Athens with diverse stakeholders to understand the complexities of migration. The Athens visit was followed up by a visit to Poland in March, Glasgow in April and students from the other universities will visit Wrexham Glyndwr University at the end of May to investigate local strategies.

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Graphic Design poster

Graphic Design poster exhibition: Students on our BA Graphic Design course opened a poster exhibition in a local cafe Bank Street Coffee on Thursday 8th February. The exhibition was in response to a quote by Sociologist, Richard Sennet.

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Hay Festival Scribblers

Award-winning poets and writers visit the University: The Hay Festival Scribblers visited the University on 18th and 25th January to meet and inspire children from local secondary schools. The tour featured Welsh author Daniel Morden, poet and playwright Eric N’Galle Charles, spoken-word artist Steven Camden (aka Polarbear) and Gemma Cairney, a broadcaster and teen ambassador who wrote a book about the difficulties of growing up. The global literature festival's tour aims to engage and encourage future generations in storytelling and conversation and is funded by the Welsh Government. 

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Global Game Jam

Global Game Jam (GGJ): GGJ is the world's largest game jam event (for game creation) taking place around the world simultaneously at physical locations that include the US, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Italy, Germany and Hawaii. This expo returned to Wrexham Glyndwr University in January and ran over three days, where experienced and wannabe developers descended on the Centre for the Creative Industries to attempt to design and build video games within a strict 48 hour period. 

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Blood Brothers

Students' production of Blood Brothers: Students on the (BA Hons) Theatre, Television and Performance degree programme from the School of Creative Arts, presented an adaptation of Blood Brothers in the Catrin Finch Centre from Thursday 7th - Saturday 9th December. Lecturer Elen Mai Nefydd said: "The students performed in front of full audiences, and even received a standing ovation during the evening performances. They performed in matinees to schools and colleges including Coleg Cambria, Bishop Heber High School and Sir John Talbot School, Whitchurch, who also took part in an educational/drama workshop led by the students."

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Wrexham Symphony Orchestra

New image for Wrexham Symphony Orchestra: Students from the School of Creative Arts designed a new image for the Orchestra’s 50th anniversary concert season in 2018/19. Students worked on a challenging project for the Gala concert which took place in February embracing promotional materials, VIP invitations and a set of backdrop pieces for the Opera pieces in the concert programme.  

‘Night at the Opera’ Gala concert
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Design Trust workshop: In February Patricia from the Design Trust visited our students to deliver a workshop offering practical advice to creative students who are considering setting up their own business. The Design Trust  is an online business school for designers and makers which offers training and support to entrepreneurial creatives. Comments from students included: It’s inspired me to just get on with it! I feel more confident.' 'I found this talk very motivational and inspiring, informing me about how important it is to make connections, I really enjoyed the interactive activites.'

The Design Trust
Creative Futures

Creative Futures Week 2018: Creative Futures aims to inspire students to think about their personal goals, how they can succeed in their sector, what skills, knowledge and experience they need to develop and to encourage them to take action to fulfil their career aspirations. This year's activities featured presentations, workshops, and information sessions delivered by a number of distinguished artists, academics, and creatives from all over the world, including Glyn Dillon, (storyboard artist on the Star Wars films); Simon Gavin, Global Head of Music at SYCO Entertainment and A&R for Sony UK; and Shani Rhys James MBE, a former winner of the Jerwood Painting Prize.

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Articles of Faith exhibition

Articles of Faith exhibition: Articles of Faith is a collaboration between artists and the university’s chaplaincy and careers teams.

The exhibition was launched on Tuesday 27 February by Lynda Powell.

The artists are Annmarie Ruscoe, Seiza Friedrich, Carrie Wainwright, Andrea Hilditch and Lord Black Art.

Themes of humanity, spirituality, diversity and faith are explored in the art exhibition. 

Oriel Sycharth Gallery
Shani Rhys James

Guest speaker holds exhibition: Shani Rhys James - guest speaker at our Creative Futures event in February is holding an exhibition of new paintings that explore the transience of being. The title of the exhibition This Inconstant State refers to Shakespeare's beautiful Sonnet 15 in which the poet condemns the 'conceit of this inconstant stay' to transform 'youth to sullied night'. Rhys James captures the effervescent beginnings of life in paintings of budding flowers and her young grandson in domestic interiors while powerful images of the aging female figure reflect on the passage of time. 

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Fine Art students create artwork for hospital

Fine Art students create artwork for hospital: Our third year Fine Art students were involved in creating colourful artwork to adorn the walls at Glan Clwyd Hospital’s Ablett Unit which cares for patients who suffer from a range of mental health problems.The refurbishment of the room into a brighter and more welcoming dedicated family room means that patients will be able to spend more quality time with their children.

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Building an Artist Career Today

Building an Artist Career Today: On Friday 23rd March, the Gladstone Library, Flintshire welcomed Susan Mumford to North Wales to deliver a participatory workshop for creators at all stages of their careers. Susan is a game-changer in the 21st Century art world. She’s an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator and author. 

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Art of Research skills training session

Art of Research skills training session: At the end of January, the School of Creative Arts led an Art of Research skills training session for research students from different disciplines across Wrexham Glyndwr University. Led by Dr Susan Liggett and Sue Thornton and with the help of final year illustration students Meg Stokes and Ben Edwards and professional graphic facilitator Lisa Evans, the students had to articulate their research journey in layman's terms to enable large colourful visual maps to be created.

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Damien Hirst Donation

Damien Hirst Donation: In March the School of Creative Arts received a fantastic donation of Damien Hirst books from Other Criteria publishing, worth over £500. These have been catalogued for the library and are available for students to use. 

Damien Hirst is a British contemporary artist whose varied practice explores the complex relationships between art, religion, science, life and death.

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Fine Art books

Fine Art books: John McClenaghen, Programme Leader for Fine Art in the School of Creative Arts has a chapter in 'Teaching Painting' which addresses the historical, theoretical, pedagogical and continually shifting methods of how painting is taught within art schools and academies. It asks how and why approaches to teaching painting have changed and developed and offers a platform through which practices and experience can be shared. 

He also features in PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: 20 QUESTIONS – which includes interviews with UK undergraduate Fine Art staff exploring how students are prepared for life after art school.

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Ruthin gaol

History students visit Ruthin gaol: On the 9th March a group of our history students and staff paid a visit to Ruthin gaol to learn about life in the Victorian prison system. Ruthin gaol is the only purpose-built Pentonville style prison open to the public as a heritage attraction and has won the Visit Wales Hidden Gem award for the last 3 years, 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

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Graphic Design social event

Graphic Design social event: Students on our Graphic Design course organised a social event on 22nd March @bankstcoffee from 4pm - 6pm.

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Image of Mai Thomas' Ark

PhD student produces Ark: PhD student Mai Thomas produced an Ark as part of her final submission for her Doctorate. The Ark was displayed near the Univeristy and attracted the attention of locals passing by:

Mai successfully defended her PhD viva and we wish her well with her future career plans.

Research in the School of Creative Arts
John McClenaghen - Hillside

Lunchtime lecture: John McClenaghen, Lecturer in Fine Arts, gave a lunchtime lecture on 14th February as part of the Chaplaincy's lecture suite. The lecture explored the creative process of the painter, and the range of influences that can influence the finished work.

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Student work placement at Theatr Clwyd: Charley Wiles, a third year student on BA Graphic Design and MultiMedia degree completed a work placement via GO Wales at Theatr Clwyd. Her overall objective was to learn more about theatre marketing and how it is used in the entertainment industry.  Charley loved her placement, where she learned about everything which happens behind the scenes in a theatre environment and this experience has helped her confidence in her chosen area of employment.

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Alien project

Students involved in Annual Open Meeting: Students from our Theatre, TV and Performance and our Graphic Design courses took part in the Annual Open Meeting on 16th March to show the public what they get involved in as part of their studies. The theatre students dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter's Tea Party to welcome the public and students from Graphic Design talked about their recent trip to Athens as part of the European Alien project.

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Wayne Clark and Wendy Lawrence

Terrania - Montblanc International Pottery Festival: 2 staff from our Ceramics department took part in the 15th festival in Spain which was held from 29th September - 1st October. Wayne Clark and Wendy Lawrence joined over 30 other potters from across Belgium, France and Spain including Catalonia at the event.

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Ruscoe Ceramics

Former student showcases work: Past student Annmarie Ruscoe who studied applied art here and graduated in 2015 now owns her own company Ruscoe Ceramics creating porcelain designs inspired by Mental Health awareness. Annmarie's work formed part of the ARTIcles of Faith exhibition in Oriel Sycharth and was one of the project artists for the opening of the Ty Pawb gallery in Wrexham on 2nd April.

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Star Wars Artist

Star Wars Artist Gives Students the Low Down on High-flying Career: University students were treated to the low-down from a high-flying artist as part of a four-day careers event.

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Tara Squibb

Artist who discovered talent through chance visit to university graduates after battling chronic back painThe journey of Tara Squibb has seen her start creating things out of wire at home to ease pain to having her work stocked by an interior designer in London.

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Gareth Roberts

Olympic Cameraman Shares Tips to Get Career in Focus: A Wrexham graduate delighted at being the youngest cameraman at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics has offered tips on getting your career in focus.

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Theatre partnership with GP programme

10 year celebration for theatre partnership with Wrexham GP training programmeThe work with the Wrexham GPs specialty programme, based at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, is now established as a key part of the university’s degree in Theatre, Television and Performance.

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