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Medal haul for creative students in Welsh final

Creative students at Coleg Sir Gâr have swept the board at a Welsh final of a recent Skills Competition Wales event, bringing home two gold, two silver and two bronze awards.

Students on art programmes at the college’s Carmarthen School of Art competed in the fashion technology, visual merchandising and photography categories and a creative media production student from the college’s Graig campus competed in the digital media production category.

Madeleine Smith won gold in visual merchandising, Gareth Price won gold in digital media production, Tomos Williams-Mason won silver in virtual merchandising, Pearl Maden-Lewis won silver in photography, Lauren Hutchinson won bronze in virtual merchandising and Kelsey Regola won bronze in fashion technology.

The photography competition asked students to create a display with a brief entitled ‘the new normal’, the fashion competition took on a recycled young streetwear theme, the visual merchandising competition was pitched to attract 19 to 24 year olds with the themes of bohemian and the great outdoors.

The competition was held online through video calls with judges, online streaming as well as videos and images.

Olivia Clemence, lecturer and skills competition support at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Carmarthen School of Art said: “I could not be more proud of all the learners that entered into this year’s competitions.

“Working from home under competition rules, video calling judges, it was just exceptional to see how learners progressed under challenging circumstances.

Skills Competition Wales events, supported by Welsh Government, are held as part of the wider WorldSkills UK competitions which result in an annual UK national final at Birmingham NEC which feeds into competing on the world stage.