May 13, 2020
The 'Golwg ar Gelf’ art exhibition, featuring a wide range of work from Welsh language students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Cardiff Met and Coleg Sir Gar, will move online this year as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
The exhibition launches at 4pm today (Wedensday) on the Zoom platform and everyone is welcome to join the launch from the comfort of their own homes.
Using the ARTSTEPS online platform, the exhibition enables visitors to take a virtual walk around the gallery and view the artwork displayed as if they were in real gallery.
In recent years the exhibition has toured universities and visited the national Urdd Eisteddfod but current constraints mean that the organisers have had to respond quickly and offer a different experience to the public.
The exhibition is funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and organised by the art and design lecturers of the three higher and further education institutions.
According to Gwenllian Beynon who lectures at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David: "When the university suddenly closed down because of the Covid-19 crisis I thought it would be such a pity to not continue the exhibition as planned. I decided it would be great to do something online, but I had no idea at the time how or what this would involve. I tasked the two resident artists who work at Swansea College of Art to explore the different platform options to create an online display. The exhibition we are launching today on the ARTSTEPS site is the culmination of their work.’
"Despite the disappointment of not being able to hold the original exhibitions, the crisis has given us the opportunity to experiment with new techniques and to continue with what we had planned, just in a different format. Launching the exhibition online is particularly exciting."
Mared Jones, the Arts and Humanities subject officer at the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, said: "Despite the disappointment of having to postpone the exhibitions that have proven to be so popular in recent years, we are delighted that the project is able to continue on-line. It offers great experiences for the students, as well as providing the public with an excellent opportunity to enjoy world class artwork."
Anyone is welcome to join the exhibition's launch on-line on Zoom on Wednesday 13 May at 4pm.
Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81697627791
Meeting ID: 816 9762 7791
Notes to Editors
The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol was established in 2011. The Coleg is leading the development of Welsh-medium and bilingual education and training in the post-compulsory sector in Wales. The Coleg achieves this by working effectively in partnership with universities, further education institutions and apprenticeship providers in order to build an inclusive, first-class Welsh-medium education and training regime. To find out more about the college go to www.colegcymraeg.ac.uk