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High-profile art inspiration for students

Foundation art students at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Carmarthen School of Art have been inspired by high-profile professional artists, including former graduates of the school, in an online seminar where they also had an opportunity to receive feedback on their own work.

Matthew Hughes inspired students with his experience of working as head of modelling at Framestore, a three-time Oscar-winning studio which has created images and scenes for some of Hollywood’s biggest pictures.

Neil Hubbard is now a partner and group leader at Heatherwick studio where he proved instrumental in delivering innovative designs on numerous high-profile projects in the UK and abroad including a £120 million project in Hong Kong.

Ellie Dragone, graduated with an MA at Royal College of Art and is now living in London working as an artist. She is also recipient of the Zsuzsi Roboz Award 19-20 from Chelsea Arts Club Trust.

Zoe Bradley is a paper artist who discovered her love of paper while making experimental hand pleated showpieces for the Japanese fashion designer, Michiko Koshino and it was using paper as a material that proved to be a pivotal moment in her career.

The fashion-trained artist has also apprenticed with the late Alexander McQueen, creating some of the key pieces for his S/S’ ready-to-wear 1999 catwalk show.

Ellie, Neil and Matthew are all former students of Carmarthen School of Art.

Olivia Clemence, programme director for foundation art at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Carmarthen School of Art said: “We had an amazing time, it was so good of all our guest speakers to give up their time to talk with our students.

“It was great to see our former students doing exceptionally well and it helped give an overview of various arts disciplines and their relation to different careers in the industry.”


Zoe Bradley, a paper artist who apprenticed with Alexander McQueen.

The work of Carmarthen School of Art fine art graduate Ellie Dragone who studied at Royal College of Art.

(Black and white) Neil Hubbard, partner and group leader at Heatherwick studio

Matthew Hughes, college alumni and head of modelling at Frameworks