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Degree student wins arts prize


A degree student from Carmarthen School of Art at Coleg Sir Gâr has won the inaugural Gwenllian Ashley Arts Prize.

Emma Woodhead, a first-year concept art and illustration degree honours student, has won the first prize of £700 and will be invited to exhibit along with other finalists in an online exhibition.

The competition is run by Art+Science which is a charity that aims to educate and promote creative responses to the climate crisis and rising sea levels.

A live exhibition of the 12 best entries is also hoped to be held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2021.

The charity organised and funded a three-year annual competition for art students at three undergraduate institutions - Coleg Ceredigion in Aberystwyth, Carmarthen School of Art at Coleg Sir Gâr and the School of Art at Aberystwyth University.

Emma’s winning entry, which consists of artwork making up a virtual cube, shows a healthy polar bear superimposed on an ice flow with other faces of the cube showing the effect on the polar bear’s habitat and its fight for survival.

Paula Phillips-Davies, head of Carmarthen School of Art said: “We are delighted that the work of one of our students has been acknowledged in the very first year of the competition.

“Using visual communication to represent such global issues is a wonderful initiative and we’re very pleased to be able to offer our students the opportunity of taking part.”

The virtual cube can be viewed here.

Emma Woodhead (left) is congratulated by Ceri Ashley, Gwenllian daughter and the founder of Art+Science, Robert Davies