Two Fine Art graduates from Cardiff Met will exhibit their work at Cardiff School of Art and Design this week to mark the end of one year as Artist Benevolent Fund Step Change Fellows. The exhibition will launch their careers as practicing artists.
Both Gweni Llwyd and Anna Grace Rogers were recognised for the quality of their work upon graduating and awarded bursaries from the Artists' Benevolent Fund (ABF) which aims to give artists the opportunity to begin or develop a fully professional career in the arts. The ABF charity has been supporting artists for more than 200 years.
The public exhibition, entitled 'Smile Love, It Might Never Happen', showcases some of Gweni and Anna's recent work and creative experiments, drawing from themes such as nature, technology and displacement.
Gweni uses online and offline encounters as starting points and focuses on elements such as the sensory, the everyday and the absurd. Anna's practice is an ongoing exploration of fragmented environments and the relationship of the architectural, geometric to the natural, and biometric.
With a substantial bursary from the ABF to pay their living costs, Gweni and Anna have also been provided with studio space at CSAD with the School also providing them with budgets for materials, travel and support for their final show. It has also organised professional mentors for them who have advised them about their practice and career development. This support has meant that Gweni recently went on a research trip to Manifesta Biennale in Palermo, Sicily and Anna travelled to research in Zurich, Switzerland.
Gweni Llwyd, who r won the Young Artist Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales this summer, said: "The last twelve months have been a fantastic experience; the fellowship has allowed me to push my practice and challenge myself creatively without needing to worry about financial limitations. I'm looking forward to showcasing a little bit of what I've been up to in the exhibition".
Anna Grace Rogers, who recently exhibited an ambitious body of work at her show Cut & Stick at Ollie Quinn Cardiff, said "The fellowship has given me the time and resources to dedicate to my practice and its development. I'm excited to be able to show some of the outcomes from the 12 months".
Smile Love, It Might Never Happen runs from the 8th until the 20th October at Cardiff School of Art and Design, with a private view on Thursday 11th October from 5-7pm.
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